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Should you quit your job? This former Netflix exec has a simple algorithm to find out

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This former Netflix executive has a simple algorithm to find out if you should quit your job

Deciding when to leave your job can be a complex and complicated decision. Am I truly happy in my role? Is this really what I want to be doing? Am I valued by my bosses and colleagues? Of course, there are also times when your job is so heinous that the decision is pretty simple.

But if you’re struggling to decide whether or not to find a new job or career, this former high-powered Netflix executive has come up with a useful algorithm to help with your decision-making process.

Patty McCord, former chief talent officer at Netflix, told Business Insider about her idea, which is from her new book Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.

The algorithm is designed to help managers determine whether an employee is a good fit at the company, but employees can also use the same thinking to figure out when it’s time to move on.

Here’s her algorithm:

Is this what the person loves to do, that they’re extraordinarily good at doing, something we need someone to be great at?

If your answer to these questions sounds like any of the following options then it might be time to look for another job:

  • You could be doing so much more and there’s stuff you’re really passionate about - and the company just doesn’t care.
  • You’ve got a job you can do; you just don’t love it.
  • You work really hard every day and you know it doesn’t matter.
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Just bear in mind that with a new job comes the dreaded… job interview

And if you do find yourself on the hunt for a new job, we’ve previously looked at the top 10 most stressful jobs in the UK (which you might want to avoid). Here they are:

  1. Enlisted military personnel
  2. Firefighter
  3. Airline pilot
  4. Police officer
  5. Event coordinator
  6. Newspaper reporter
  7. Senior corporate executive
  8. PR executive
  9. Taxi driver
  10. Broadcaster

We’ve also spoken to some industry experts to find out the ages when you should give up on your dream job, which you can read in all its glory here.  

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