A couple of years into the role, we can wonder what we ever saw in it and question whether it is time to jump ship and move on. If your job was never enjoyable, this might be the right move; however, if you have simply lost that loving feeling, it is time to work to get it back.
1. Take a break
Many of us get so deep into our roles that we simply can’t take our annual leave. If this is the case for you – if you have rolled over your days year in, year out and are wondering how they will cash out when you leave – it is time to take these days. Schedule them as far in advance as necessary to clear the account.
When new projects come up, confirm when you are away so that people do not feel let down. Now take this time to clear your head and look at the role. Could you, with a few changes, love this role again?
2. Remember the good times
What made you love your job originally? What has changed in your day-to-day routine to make you fall out of love and how can you change it again? Draw up a compare and contrast and consult old emails and calendars and you will soon see the difference.
3. Make time for the critical stuff
If your role involves a product or deliverable but you are bogged down in admin, now is the time to claw back the admin and delegate. Make sure your colleagues know what your main responsibilities are and ask for meeting agendas ahead of time and question your need to attend if this is not clear.
While some will see this as skirting away from responsibilities, remember that many people use these support activities as ways to fill their days – you don’t need to. Keep your eye on the prize and as long as you deliver and output improves, direct managers will support you.
4. Don’t stay quite
Many managers have the headache of only finding out what is wrong once it is too late – in the exit interview. If you see your role changing in a way that means you no longer love your job, tell someone. Ask for a meeting and outline what has changed, why it has changed, and how you think it can be improved.
5. Plan for the future
It is quite common for the job we love to go through phases – some great, some less so. If your role is changing, it is a sign that it is also evolving; perhaps it is not the role you want right now, but is it developing into your new dream job? Plan ahead, take the reins and plan your future position.
Before you hand in your notice, take a closer look at your job. In-company experience and being well connected internally can be a really important career advantage and one that should not be discarded lightly.
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