We have all been there – feeling stuck, even outright unhappy with our current job.
Maybe a full career change is what you need, but before you make that drastic move, make sure you are not succumbing to what I call “remote control” thinking.
In our society, if we aren’t happy, we often simply hit the button of our remote to try something new. If we’re not happy with that, we hit it again. We sometimes get so used to this mentality that we start doing it with everything…relationships, cars, houses, careers.
And let’s face it: In this tough job market, there’s even more reason to think twice about leaving your current position.
So before you hit the “quit” button, take it upon yourself to improve your current workplace experience. Here are a few ideas:
Ask for an extra assignment. Stepping up for an additional project might mean a few more hours in the office, but you’ll likely gain increased exposure and new skills. Perhaps you’ll join a new team, enhancing relationships with colleagues, and add some new achievements to include on your resume, too.
Join professional organizations. If your work life seems stale, get some juice and new ideas from outside sources. Networking in our field is a good way to get refreshed – as well as pave the way for next moves on your career track.
Don’t buy into workplace negativity. Avoid the people who want to have coffee and complaining sessions every day. They’ll bring down your mood and keep you tied into toxicity.
Ask for feedback on your performance. This can be scary, but I think you’ll find it opens doors to opportunities and growth. Even if you receive an annual formal performance review, keep the conversation going with your manager throughout the year. Also expand your feedback circle to have others weigh in on what you can do to improve and move forward.
Find out if training is available to learn a new skill. Many departments have dedicated training budgets, so check in with your manager and/or HR for guidance and suggestions. Don’t forget there are a lot of ways to get “free” training, too. Take a colleague to lunch to get a taste of his or her expertise and explore your company intranet and outside web resources for online training options. Why sit there down in the dumps when you could be mining these resources?
Find the busiest person and see if you can help. That’s what I did when I was a lowly – and frustrated – junior worker. Such colleagues will appreciate the assistance, and your boss will be impressed by your initiative, too. You might just find a pathway to a new role.
So how about it? Put down the remote and try a job reboot first.
Author: Kelly Walsh, M.Ed, ACC | Owner, 1 Smart Life
Over the past 18 years, Kelly has successfully coached business leaders and people from all walks of life to reach their highest potential. With a Master’s in counseling, professional coach and mediation certifications, and 20 years of Human Resources experience, she has successfully helped others define their dreams and create pathways to success. She is the creator and owner of 1 Smart Life, LLC a new style of personal coaching with a team of experts in all of life’s challenging areas.