So you hate your job? You’re not alone. Statistics show that 70% of Americans hate their jobs. Perhaps you have some time off this Holiday season and you are dreading your return to work after the new year. You may have resolved to find a new job this year- as quickly as possible. In the meantime, here are 3 ways to make your job slightly more enjoyable until you find a better fit.
1. Find the good in your work.
What does your current job do for you? It obviously pays you. There is one good thing to be thankful for. Have you gained any friendships in this current job? How about more experience? What about the lesson of knowing what you don’t want. Yes that’s actually a good thing because it aids in the process of discovering what you would love to do for work. Having knowledge of what you don’t want and understanding why you don’t want it will actually set you up for greater success in finding fulfillment in your next job.
2. Take on new challenges.
Perhaps you feel under-challenged in your position. You don’t feel like you are operating in your full talents, skills and abilities and that troubles you. Find ways to enhance your skills or actually operate in the ones you have-even if you don’t use them daily at work. Start a committee or volunteer to do an in-service training on an area of interest that could be beneficial to the company. Offer to help the business with a social media campaign. I personally have done all of the above and it has helped tremendously in my transition. I look forward to breaking the mundane, same old tasks by taking on new challenges and projects.
3. Talk to your supervisor about your struggles.
A good supervisor and healthy organization will welcome their staff being open and honest about the struggles of the job. Maybe certain tasks bore you and you enjoy other ones. Maybe your supervisor can help you have more responsibility for the tasks you do enjoy. It won’t be perfect but at least it’s something. You are taking responsibility to make your time left in your current position as bearable as possible (and maybe even enjoyable) until you can transition out.
I know it can be tough staying in a job you don’t love. Until you identify what you would love to do and develop a clear plan of action to go and get it you will need to hang in there. Unless the job is asking you to do something unethical and is an abusive/toxic environment the wisest thing for you is to stay until you find something else. If it is really bad and you need to get out quickly then find something that may be less than ideal in the next 30 days so you have a paycheck. You don’t want to put yourself in a place of desperation. You do have bills to pay.
For more insight in the process of finding work you love read Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love.
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Stephanie has a strong gift of compassion for those around her who are hurting. When she was younger, she was always drawn to show love and be of service to peers who found themselves in tough situations. Recognizing these gifts, mentors in her life talked about how she would make a great Social Worker. Friends and colleagues would often come to her for advice and tell her how she makes for a great Counselor. Following the advice of those around her, Stephanie went to college and earned a degree in Family Studies. She graduated in the fall of 2009 and 6 months later landed her first job in the spring of 2010 as a Social Worker in Detroit. Knowing how much she loved working with people to help make their lives better and over all make a difference in the world, she assumed that she would love the job. To her devastation though, she found herself becoming burned out in less than two years due to the reality that social work is much more administrative and political than care. Having $35,000 in student loan debt, a job that barely paid the bills, and the realization that she was misguided in the education system with how to properly choose a career, Stephanie decided that she had to find out what her true dream career would be. She took the time to look inward to reflect on who she is. This process involved discovering how she is wired, and learning what her strengths, natural talents, passions, and abilities are. She found that by making a serious commitment to herself to learn about who she is and what she really wants that she could make a strategic and intentional plan of action to obtain it. As your coach, she helps you do the same!
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