Do you feel as though you’re losing your sense of engagement at work? Has your motivation been scraping the barrel lately? Are you feeling less driven, highly stressed, always tired and bored? If so, there is no way around it – there’s a problem brewing and it’s time to nip it in the bud.
Employees who are disconnected and unhappy almost always become a liability to the company. Ask yourself, “What is it about my job situation that has me feeling this way?” Really start mapping out the reasons. Here are a few popular ones revealed in various surveys and Internet polls.
5The Grass is Greener
You’ve heard rumors about a company cross-town that is hiring entry level employees with zero experience at the same or higher pay level as yours. It is always hard to watch other people get handed things that we had to work to have ourselves and that can lead to a sense of dissatisfaction in and of itself.
The problem is that money is not a fix-all for problems at your current job. You might wind up working with people who are stagnating, old and have a far different work ethic than yours or a soul destroying culture. These things matter; they make up the big picture. It is important to look beyond just salary when comparing your situation to someone else. Although having cash to burn is great, you need to enjoy the 1 third of your life that’s spent at work.
Good managers and leaders understand how important it is to recognise the work their subordinates do. The simple fact of the matter is that managers, in most companies, are a dime a dozen. Most of them forget what it’s like to be the one trying to be noticed for that promotion fairly quickly. So how do you deal with the frustration that comes with being undervalued?
Are you being given more responsibility, more challenging assignments? If so, you need to understand that you are an asset, even if you never get that coveted pat on the back from the boss. Read how your boss behaves when dealing with you and don’t worry so much about what he says. If you don’t get any buy in, it’s probably time to move on.
3You’re no longer Challenged
The simple question here is, what are you doing about it? Are you idling through your day just trying to get through the boredom or have you tried taking a proactive role in making your situation better?
Talk to your boss or make an appointment to sit down with someone in HR and see if you can discover ways to draw out that potential that’s sitting idle. Let them know you want your work to be meaningful and you want it to reflect what you are capable of producing. Someone who brings motivation and energy to the table is an asset and any good boss knows it.
2You’re Under Paid
Most people these days aren’t being compensated anywhere near as well as they were 20 years ago when you adjust current salaries for inflation. Before you decide to jump ship, be certain that you know what the average mean income is for your job where you live. If your pay falls in line with others in your area, is it really worth uprooting and starting over, just for a slight raise in pay?
1Your Boss is a Dick
This is the number one reason why people are dissatisfied with their jobs. There are good bosses, there are bad bosses, and there are horrible bosses. If you think you can do better, prove it. Be the employee who stands out. Make the best possible impression and do the best possible work. Eventually you might wind up with the boss’s job. If that happens, remember what it was like when you were the subordinate and don’t repeat the same mistakes. Or just punch and run.