You hate your job. Every morning when your alarm goes off, you feel a sense of dread. It’s almost like you have to convince yourself to not press snooze thirty times and call in sick. Sound familiar?
More and more employees are feeling unfulfilled through their employment. A recent Gallup survey said that 16.5% of employees are “actively disengaged” while at work. But what do you do if you are one of those actively disengaged? The urge to walk out with middle fingers to the world may be strong but don’t. Don’t burn bridges but there are things you can do that can make your work more bearable.
Seek Out Other Opportunities Within Your Organization
Sometimes you need to have an honest conversation with your Manager about where your head is. It’s okay to say “I’m not feeling fulfilled by what I am doing,” or “I’m really struggling in my role right now.” Perhaps there are other opportunities within your organization or a shift in your role that may bring you more joy. We always say “we can’t fix what we don’t know.” A good leader or a good HR department will listen and help support you finding happiness in your work.
Shift Your Perspective
It’s a natural human flaw that we hold others to the same standards that we hold ourselves. This will always cause you to be disappointed and is often the cause of people’s frustration at work. We hear employees express frustration over their co-workers work ethic or the way their manager handled or didn’t handle a situation. At the end of the day, there is so much that goes on in business and often so much that you as an employee cannot control. Often the source of your unhappiness is your perspective. Take some time to self reflect and figure out the true source of your unhappiness. Is it actually something you can change or does your attitude need a shift?
If You Have to Leave, Do It With Class
If you’ve determined that the best course of action is to resign, do so with class. Give notice. Be respectful of your current employer. The best way to impress your future employer is to show respect for your current or former employer.
At the end of the day, remember that work is sometimes hard and hard work is always okay. Don’t let your ego get the best of you but instead take the necessary steps to find joy in what you do every day.