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Having a good relationship with the people you work with is undoubtedly important. We are intrinsically social animals and without it, you won’t feel part of the team and will most likely be looking ahead to your next move.
If you flip that logic, there is an argument that those who are fortunate enough to be working with a great bunch of people might be missing out on some fantastic job opportunities because they are content – and content people tend to stay put.
There’s no right or wrong here. Certainly, surrounding yourself with great people can be a big factor in forging a successful career – and being content in your work is not to be sniffed at. On the other hand, jumping around from one job to the next without establishing any longer-term relationships might well help you climb the career ladder but it’s unlikely to result in long-term job satisfaction.
But it’s not all about the people – in the same way it’s seldom all about the money, the environment or the commute. It’s unlikely that amazing work-mates will contribute much to you staying in a job you absolutely hate… and if you happen to love the job you do, putting up with the odd obnoxious or ‘challenging’ individual might be a price some are willing to pay. It’s all about the complete package – and where you place the most emphasis on what makes you happy to clock-in each day. As with most things in life, it’s about striking the right balance.
So, should the fact you are currently working with a great team hold you back from making that leap? Absolutely not! The team you are considering joining might well be a bit of an unknown quantity at this stage – you might find yourself working next to a tyrannical ogre or having to work alongside a geek lacking even the most basic social skills. But you might not. If it’s a great opportunity and a progression in your career path, it’s surely a risk worth taking. By overly worrying that the grass might not be greener, and placing too much focus on the people you work with, you are doing yourself a disservice and ignoring one very vital piece of the jigsaw – you! Recognise the fact that you’ve been able to establish, build and maintain such strong working relationships in your current role and take this often overlooked (and arguably undervalued) skill with you to your next place of work. It could be the best move you’ll ever make.