You used to look forward to celebrating your work anniversaries, but this year left you feeling with no joy. It’s perfectly natural to feel jaded or indifferent if you’ve been working at the same job for some years – we are human beings after all. In times like these, it’s only fitting for us to reflect on where we are in relation to where we’d like to be in terms of our career goals.
It’s easy to get complacent when things are predictable and comfortable, which could cause us to get sidetracked from our goals. If the latter does happen, it’s time to engage in introspection. Take control of your career and reignite your passion at work with these simple steps below:
1. Reflect on what you love most about your job
Cast your mind back to when you first started working at the job and remember what you loved most about it. Make a list of the attributes or aspects of the job you were most excited about. The list can also include aspects that aren’t specifically related to your job scope. Factors such as work culture, office friends, and an inspiring boss are also valid attributes which should be included.
2. Identify the major pain points of your job
Next, identify the major areas or aspects of your job you’re currently most stressed or unhappy about. Just as before, the list shouldn’t be limited to job-specific problem areas. Take time to do a thorough review so you’ll have clarity of the root cause of your job dissatisfaction.
3. Come up with an action plan to address the major pain points of your job
If you were given the freedom to redesign your job scope or you had the authority to eliminate the pain points of your job, what would you do? Make a list of the steps you would take to address the situation. It could include flexible working hours, improved working processes, adopting an open approach towards creativity and problem solving, etc.
Come up with a wish list of the changes you would make to your job and working environment if given a chance to do so.
4. Talk to your direct manager
Bring your wish list to your direct manager and talk him or her through it while explaining how these changes will not only contribute to the company’s bottom-line but also keep you on track towards achieving your career goals.
It’s all about justification. If you can show how your ideas will help the company achieve its goals and improve profitability, you’ll stand a higher chance of success. Your career goals are important but not as important to your boss as the company’s goals.
5. Take on more challenges at work
In parallel with the above, you should be stepping up at work and taking on more challenges. If you’re bored with your current job scope, it simply means the work is too easy for you. Challenges might seem daunting in the beginning, but we can’t grow without stepping out of our comfort zone. The excitement of tackling new challenges keeps us driven and motivated.
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6. Get advice from the right peers
Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, but be selective about whom you ask. Enthusiastic and nurturing peers will provide far more constructive and useful advice compared to jaded and insecure colleagues who’re disillusioned and in dire need of change themselves.
Being bored and complacent at work is often a sign that you’ve outgrown your job. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re no longer passionate about your work, but it does mean it’s time for you to take a step back and reflect on where you are with regards to your career goals. Change might be scary, but it’s the prerequisite for personal and professional growth. If you’re doubtful about your ability to take on a more challenging role, it means you should definitely do it.