Work is your bread and butter, we all have to do it to maintain a lifestyle, keep food on the table, the bills paid and spontaneously take us abroad once in a while.
It sucks we have to dedicate on average 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 45 weeks of a year for about 50 years, if we’re lucky!!
So, being unsatisfied in your job, is the worst feeling in the world!!
The thing is, some of us don’t even realise we are unsatisfied, we just put it down to being lazy and just not wanting to work full stop. Truth be told, whilst we don’t have to bouncing off the walls about strolling into work every bloody day, we should at least be motivated and fairly happy to get up and go.
So what am I trying to say? Well, since work is such a big, integral and time consuming part of your life, you should be happy in it, and if you’re not, why not? What can you do to change that? Getting a new job isn’t always the answer, because hey, we’re all big old adults now and bills and shizz need to be paid, yeah?
But, there are other things you can do inside and outside of work to motivate you more and give you that all important job satisfaction!
Analyse your work, can it be improved?
It’s really easy to be super dissatisfied with work and everything it entails, but 9 times out of 10, we have been pure lazy in our workload. We’re really not doing what we should be, and actually find anything and everything else to do bar our actual responsibilities. Take a step back, look at what you are doing, are you happy with that? You should be proud of the work you produce, even if you it’s not quiet challenging enough!
Ask for more….
This can take a little courage, but if you’re looking for a step up, more responsibility, or just more variety, ask! Speak to managers and colleagues and see if there is anything more you can be given to push you further in work. There may be a opportunity to progress into another department, role or even promotion. If you don’t ask, you don’t get….
Get a hobby
Having something outside of your usual work routine to focus on can improve your work ethic and satisfaction. It’s the worse feeling waking up in the morning knowing you only have work organised for the day. Plan evenings out or start up a hobby on a regular basis to feel like you have more of a life than just work.
There is nothing more motivating than doing well in work and reaping the rewards in excursions, holidays or days out. Plan plenty throughout the year as reward for your hard work, and satisfaction in the workplace will naturally come!
We all reach a point where we think work’s either not challenging enough or simply say ‘this can’t be it’. The point is, it doesn’t have to be. Research into career paths and eduction outside and inside your current role. There are ample opportunities for anyone to further themselves in their current field, or embark on a new one all together. Look to educate yourself outside of work, with the ability to maintain you current job. This will offer you flexibility later in life, without impacting on and financial stability you have with your current role.
Good work places understand and value staff who are always looking for better, whether that’s with education, a promotion or outside activities. Don’t let job satisfaction impact your day to day life, and take a step back and look what you can do to improve your work ethos and attitude.
I would no way suggest anyone goes out there and just quits there job because you didn’t quiet fancy it today, but I would always encourage people to look deeper into their work and the impact it has on other areas of life.