Identifying what you're really unhappy about just takes some
honest introspection with no interference from the ego
They say romantic relationships can get the ‘seven year itch'. But
does the same principle apply to jobs and careers?
For our parents and grandparents' generations, decades spent working
for the same company (and often in the same job) was considered the
norm. But these days with greater job mobility, a more diverse working
population and cross-pollination of industries and skill sets, things
are now very different.
In fact, the stats even suggest that things can get a little stale if
you've been in the same job for more than just two years.
Have you fallen out of love with your job? Here are eight ways you
can spice things up in the workplace and get back to that ‘honeymoon'
phase where every work day felt like a Friday.
This really needs to be your first step. Often when we're unhappy in
a certain situation, the root cause of the unhappiness actually lies
elsewhere. We tend to put the blame on things like our jobs and
relationships because they're first in the firing line. Identifying
what you're really unhappy about just takes some honest introspection
with no interference from the ego.
Okay, so you've identified that it really is the job that's the
problem. Your next logical step would be chatting about your concerns
with your immediate supervisor. This person is probably best-placed to
suggest changes, modifications, adjustments to your duties. Sometimes
even just small changes can make a big difference. Also, just by
expressing your concerns to your supervisor can make you feel better
about your situation and a little less alone.
Subtext: don't take it out on others. There's no point in getting
colleagues offside just because you hate your job. Burnt bridges
aren't going to help you and in fact, might even make your situation worse.
There are many opportunities for professional development, either
formal or informal. If your boss can't (or won't) send you to training
days, there's a stack of free training opportunities via the internet.
This way you can expand your skillset for free and in your spare time.
Our immediate environment has more of a subconscious influence on our
emotions and headspace than we realise. Even little things like
rearranging your desk or workstation can help. Personalising your
space can alter how you feel about your job in general. Things like
photos of family, friends or pets, landscape or motivational posters
and plants can all make your immediate work space feel cosier and more "yours".
Admittedly this is something a lot of people wouldn't be able to do.
But if you can afford to be away from your job for six or 12 months
and the necessary arrangements can be made, this would be a great
thing to consider. Time away from your regular routine can really help
you to put things into perspective.
The chances are this isn't your first job. And it probably won't be
your last either. If you can view your current situation as just part
of a bigger, broader journey, that may help you realise things really
aren't as bad as you think they are. Think back to a previous job that
you didn't like. Well that job ended and you moved on to the next one.
The same thing can happen again.
Few things can be more empowering than having a career goal or two in
the pipeline. This gives you something to focus on and work towards.
Your career goals don't even have to be overly ambitious. Just
something like giving yourself 12 months to achieve a higher-graded
role within the same organization. It might not sound like much, but
this can be a stepping stone to the next career goal. This means you
can turn your situation around, step-by-step. Job-by-job. Goal-by-goal.
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