by Sellick Partnership | 11 February 2021
This Valentine’s day why not make a commitment to fall back in love with your work and dedicate some attention to your career?
There are days in all our careers when we don't leap out of bed filled with joy about the forthcoming day at work. In fact, sometimes the idea of the coming week can mean that Sunday evening makes you anxious about what the next five days may hold.
If you want to get more out of your career, it might be time to take stock and consider what the problem is in your relationship with work. After all, the only thing you will spend more time doing in your life is sleeping, and we all know how much we love that!
Here are the top reasons most people fall out of love with work, and what you need to do to build a better relationship with your career.
Are you bored?
This is one of the most common reasons that people feel unsatisfied at work, and often it can creep up on you. Perhaps you have been in the business for a long time without any major changes to your remit or day-to-day activities. This is the perfect time to decide what you really want from your career. Why not think about your long-term goals and establish what skills gaps you might have in your experience that are hindering your chance to progress.
For example, do you need to work on your communication skills or develop project management techniques? Or perhaps you need to take a more commercial approach? Either way, identify key areas you would like to develop, research internal and external training opportunities and book a meeting with your boss. A manager is never unhappy to hear that a member of staff wants to take on more responsibility and learn more.
Are you struggling with your workload?
Too much work can be highly stressful and can make you feel like it will never end. But rest assured you are not alone, and it can be managed. The key is to start prioritising and ask for help. Make a complete list of all the projects you are currently working on and a list of all deliverables in each project, including any deadlines involved. Then book a meeting with your line manager and ask to go through your current workload and to seek advice on prioritising.
It is important to be clear, confident and professional whilst discussing this. State that you are concerned about ensuring quality and that your key focus is to ensure that whilst 'balls aren't dropped' the reputation of the team is not damaged. Talk about opportunities for delegation or collaboration with your team and make sure to book in follow up meetings and keep your manager appraised of any issues – but make sure it is before any deadlines are missed!
Do you love your job, but are struggling with the commute?
Is your job perfect, but the location not so good? If you have reached a point where a good book isn't enough to make the journey worthwhile, why not think about how you might be able to start working differently. The options are plentiful, and businesses are more open than ever to flexible working arrangements that will fit around your home life. Legally all employees can now request to work flexibly, and this could include:
- Working from home one or two days a week
- Reducing your hours – if it is financially viable
- Compressed working – working more hours for four days so you could take each Friday off
- Working from another location – perhaps there is another office or affiliate business where you could look at being based in.
There is no harm in speaking frankly to your employer about this problem, they would rather look at new ways of working than lose a great member of staff which will cost far more in the long term.
Have you fallen out of love with a colleague?
Challenging relationships can be tough at the best of times, but this is particularly true at work. When you have reached a point where you or work is impacted then realistically there are two options. You can confront it head on or ignore it, and things that are left will never get sorted.
Ask your colleague for a virtual coffee and diplomatically talk through your concerns. Never make accusations or refer to specific incidents, tactfully talk about how you have been feeling and suggest ways that this could be improved. That might be to have more regular meetings to ensure communication channels are open, or perhaps it is ensuring there is a process to make sure that work is not duplicated, and you can work well together.
If you have tried this and can't seem to find a solution, then the second option is to speak to your manager. Be honest and keep it professional – you want your manager's support, not to get their back up. It might be that you could look at moving to another project, or working from a different desk, or perhaps your manager has seen similar issues with other staff and can advise ways for you to manage this difficult situation in the future.
When all else fails…
Perhaps you have reached a point where you are not able to find a solution or achieve any more in your current role, and you have exhausted all possibilities. In which case, it might be time for you to think about moving on. Some people change jobs immediately when they are unable to see a future there, whereas others dislike change. If you are the latter then there can be lots of reasons for you to stay, particularly security or relationships with colleagues, but if you aren't waking up with glee every morning, it might be time to admit that it's over. Remember, if this is what you are thinking it is not you, it's your job!
With love in the air, now is the time to take that next step, if you're ready to make a move, check out the latest opportunities from Sellick Partnership here.