Monday, 9 July 2018

* 3 Signs You're Falling Out Of Love With Your Job (And What You Can Do About It)

There are few things in life more wonderful or magical than falling in love. When you’ve met that certain someone, that feeling when you’re with them is intoxicating. Even the most quotidian of experience feels magical when you’re in their presence. Your love for them casts a rose tinted glow on their every word and deed and the things that would normally be irritating in others you find oddly charming about your beau. The trouble, however, is that this feeling doesn’t last. The initial infatuation that comes when you meet that certain someone inevitably fades. That doesn’t mean that the relationship is doomed, but it does man that both parties need to make an effort to keep the spark of the relationship alive and prevent what was once magical from becoming tedious or monotonous. 

The exact same is true in the world of work.

We throw ourselves into our careers with passion and enthusiasm. We attack every problem with a positive smile and a can-do attitude. We show up to work with a smile on our face and positivity in our minds. While our colleagues spend their lunch hour grousing or complaining, we’re just too happy to be here to understand where they’re coming from. But over time, however, our relationship with the job and career we love can go sour. Like any relationship, righting the ship depends on your ability to spot the signs and act upon them in a timely fashion...

You look at your payslip and think “This is just not worth it!”

You work really hard for your money and it’s incredibly dispiriting when your payslip doesn’t reflect the amount of effort you put in. This may be because where you live places real demands on your income. If you live and / or work in London, for example, you’re unlikely to feel rewarded by your payslip when your composite living costs are taken into account. Perhaps you’d get more pleasure doing the same thing elsewhere? Birmingham is increasingly a great option for a job with the new railway being developed. If relocating doesn’t appeal to you, it may be worth having a conversation with your boss about your pay and whether it reflects your seniority or the hours you put in. the worst they can do is say no.

You don’t feel engaged in what you do anymore and are running on autopilot

It can be comforting when a job that was once gruelling and demanding gets easier. As we become more competent in our jobs we can take a foot off the gas and find ourselves coasting through each day. While this can be enjoyable for a while it can get really old really fast. Coasting through your working life can become both intoxicating and toxic, causing you to lose sight of your career goals. You owe it to yourself to tell your boss that you’re under stimulated and need new challenges.

You feel like you’re losing the skills you once prized

You spent a long time in education and training to gain the skills that have made you the desirable candidate you are. But if you’re not given the proper levels of support and challenge by your employer, those skills can atrophy. If you feel that this is your case you need to have a conversation with your boss to see how your daily duties can be tweaked to provide more challenge or perhaps you could seek out additional training and / or responsibilities.

It’s up to you to put the spark back into your relationship with your job!

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