We all have days where our jobs frustrate us, but they should be the exception rather than the rule. Your job should challenge and engage you in some way every day. If you find you’re only working for a paycheck and not liking any aspect of your job, then you should seriously consider a move. So how do you figure this all out?
Assess the job itself: Do you feel you’ve reached a plateau in your role or has your role evolved over time so that it no longer resembles the job you applied for in the first place? If so, that’s an easy fix. Either have a chat with your boss and see if it is possible to get back to the original role or start looking elsewhere to get that feeling of excitement back.
Are you up to speed in your field? Getting complacent is a major reason why most people stop loving their jobs. Thinking you know everything about your job can sometimes mean that you get a little lazy and are no longer actively trying to keep up to date with new developments. Make a habit of reading trade publications or specialist websites. Set up alerts that can give you insights into the latest developments within your field and/or industry.
Focus on what you actually like about your job: We don’t always have the luxury of picking and choosing certain aspects of our roles. There is however a way of increasing your focus on those that you like and enjoy. Talk to your employer about focusing on this particular aspect of your role. However, bear in mind that it does have to add value to the organisation as a whole.
Challenge yourself: Ask for a meeting with your boss and suggest new tasks you could take on. Seeking new responsibilities in a job that you’re not excited about may actually give you a different perspective on your job and how it fits into the overall strategy of the organisation. Feeling important and valued is a major part of a person’s happiness in work.
Work with different people: Sometimes getting a different viewpoint can prove a refreshing change. Working with people you usually don’t interact with can make a difference in brainstorming sessions and can lead to inspiration.
Seek a mentor: Ask a range of diverse people to mentor you either in your organisation or through your professional associations. Establish your career goals and learning objectives from the start. By gaining a new perspective, you’ll rediscover your enthusiasm for your job.
Become a mentor yourself: Sometimes simply sharing your knowledge with new members of staff can reinvigorate your passion for your job. If you have no team that you can mentor in work, then perhaps create videos that you can push out via social media e.g. LinkedIn. That establishes you as an expert in your field and could open up a whole new set of opportunities for you.
If you are contemplating a career change don’t hesitate to get in touch with Staffworks.