It happens. You take a new job and it never becomes the dream job you thought it would be or something changes at work and the place where you spend at least 40 hours a week becomes less than ideal. There are a few things you can do before throwing in the towel and finding a new job.
In 5 Ways to Resuscitate a Bad Job, Katie Simon offers some tips to resuscitate your job if it is boredom that has put it on life support. Having used some of these myself I can attest that they can add new life in to your workday!
A coffee once a month to check in with someone who you respect and can speak openly with can be a huge help.
1. Raise your hand for additional projects and activities
You don’t have to stay within the description of your job, if you are doing that role well. Ask for more, volunteer to lead projects, maybe the department needs a social committee or someone to organize Health Week. If you are bored in completing your daily tasks and have the time, raise your hand for a little more. It won’t go unnoticed.
2. Find a mentor! Be a mentor!
Depending on your level of experience and tenure in the company you might find great satisfaction in being a mentor at your organization. If you are more junior and/ or new to the company you might want to join your company’s mentorship program or seek out a mentor for yourself. It doesn’t have to be a formal program either. A coffee once a month to check in with someone who you respect and can speak openly with can be a huge help.
3. Expand your skills and knowledge
Have you ever told someone you’re too busy to learn that new software system or to read up on the trends in digital marketing? Well now you have the time! You can read that leadership book that was recommended to you or take that course on Google as the new media. You don’t have to break the budget either.
Now if your bad job is more than just boredom you might want to consider having an open conversation with your boss about how you feel. Plan to attend the meeting with an open mind and come with solutions to show that you’ve put in the effort. Remember your career is 100% your responsibility!