Everybody has a ‘bad work week’ from time to time. However, if these weeks are beginning to outweigh the good ones, it could be time for action. Before hitting the job search, consider whether you have truly got all you possibly can out of your current job role.
Stagnation and complacency are two sides of the same coin when it comes to job dissatisfaction – so avoid it completely! Ask for some extra responsibilities, or volunteer to help colleagues on different projects – don’t settle for “it’s always been done this way”. This will provide a new focus, and will also demonstrate a positive working attitude to employers.
Repeating the same tasks day in, day out can wear down even the hardiest employees. Researching and undertaking training courses or weightier qualifications will provide a new perspective to approach the role from. Training also makes individuals more employable. Bonus points if you take the initiative to undertake training yourself. The transferrable skills picked up in such capacities will make anybody more appealing either for a promotion or to a future employer.
Celebrate small victories
Setting smaller goals throughout the day, week or month can deliver clarity in an otherwise foggy and monotonous work cycle. Perhaps meet two clients this week, publish a report in the next month, organise or overhaul the contact management system as a project, or maybe box off a job that has been at the bottom of the pile for months. Some find that writing daily, weekly or monthly lists helps to refocus. Celebrating small victories will give all employees that boost they need when in a work lull.
Think about career coaching
Sometimes it can help to talk to an independent party about a job, a wider career or to generally get back on track. Friends and colleagues can help in some instances, but there is often the need for a neutral professional. Career coaching takes many forms but ultimately helps individuals to clarify what they want out of their career. It is common for career coaching sessions to result in carving out a pragmatic plan and devise a career path in the process. Career coaching can help bring working practices back to basics – a solid foundation is essential for success but sometimes lost in everyday working patterns.
Don’t be afraid of failure
The reason some people stay in monotonous jobs is that they are unafraid to change it themselves. Failing isn’t always a bad thing – it allows us to learn powerful lessons and builds on an individual’s professional character. Which brings us to…
Make the role your own
The ultimate goal in a role is to truly make it your own. An employer should rarely be able to copy and paste the same job description that a previous employee signed up for three years ago. Build up responsibilities, take control and lead of areas, volunteer for additional duties. Employees who develop a role in such a way find that they excel in their careers. Showing initiative, leadership and organisation skills are fundamental building blocks whatever the industry or role.
Network until the cows come home!
Sometimes it can feel like employees are chained to their desks – we say get out there and network! Building up a network of professional contacts is massively useful both to add value to yourself as an employee, but also in the event that you choose to move on from your current role. In addition, networking events are usually tacked onto a wider event, which should help to build professional skills and knowledge even more. Remember to be professional and friendly at all times when networking in a business capacity. Never insult your organisation and always leave a lasting impression – and a business card!
Ask for feedback
This might seem a little alien at first, but feedback feeds growth. It is incredibly difficult to critique yourself, so asking colleagues or line managers how you performed or how to improve on specific task can really make the difference next time. Whether that’s a piece of work, a project, an event or a daily function, constructive feedback is always helpful. It gives people the opportunity to improve and to work in a new way – which can often spark a new lease of energy. Asking for feedback costs nothing, can take mere minutes, and can make all the difference to the outlook on your role.
We hope you found these tips useful. It is easy to get stuck in a job rut, and can be tough to get out of without clarity or direction. However, sometimes it is the right time to move onto pastures new. If this is the case, you can contact us to keep in the loop on the latest job opportunities tailored to you, or to arrange some independent career coaching.