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Twist or stick? – playing, and winning the game of work

Are you feeling stuck, frustrated or unsatisfied, with your job or work role? Do you go to work dreading certain task or come home thinking “thank goodness that shift is over!”. We can all have days like this but if you have more of them, than not, then Is the answer a change of role, job or career? It could well be, but before you dive into the job search, consider these handy tips first.

  1. Get clarity on why you are not satisfied or unhappy with what you are doing; write them down. What aspects are you not happy with? (location, hours, admin etc) and why (confidence in certain tasks? Time management?). Also Consider if it could be a temporary thing, for example, due to personal circumstances, or a clash at work that could be resolved. Ask yourself when you last really enjoyed your job (if you ever did), and then ask yourself what has changed since then? If you haven’t ever really enjoyed or got satisfaction from what you are currently doing, then what were your reasons for taking on the role/job? And do these reasons still exist? sometimes, we can work the job or carry out the role, out of habit, long after the reason for taking on a role or job has gone.

  2. What would need to change at your current position for it to work for you? and is this something that’s possible? Work hours? Salary? Recognition or promotion? Think about what could be negotiable, and don’t automatically rule anything out. Meet with your boss and tell them what is not working for you but go in with options. What can you offer them to get what you need? My blog “don’t let time with the boss be a loss”, will be helpful if this is what you need to do.

  3. If changing job is the answer, then you want to have a good shot at getting it right. learn from your previous job or role, or conditions and if you have followed tip 1, you will be aware of what that job failed to meet for you, and so will have some idea of what your next role has to meet. Now ask yourself, what you are willing to compromise? To really explore this, you need to consider what’s important to you, and in what order. And this is where not only conditions come in, but values. you may need a job with more suitable hours and better pay. but what if you find that job, and it doesn’t align with your values? Values play a vital part in life and work satisfaction and stress reduction. Imagine freedom being important to you, and yet you are working in a restrictive position or environment, because the location or pay is suitable. To find out more about how you can discover your values, then read my blog

  4. Consider what are you prepared to do to either get, or work towards your ideal role or job?

  • Relocate

  • Re-train

  • Lower salary

  • Working freelance/setting up own business

  1. Explore and do your research. Working life, for most, takes up a huge, even the majority percentage of our day, and so it goes without saying that it’s important that how we make our money, satisfies us or meets our fulfilment needs as well as our financial needs. So, take time and speak to others that are already doing that job, and find out any hidden pros and cons, that are not advertised on the job description. Research the role or job thoroughly and find out what the organisation or company values are, know where they are heading with their mission statement, what rating (if applicable) they may have, and what their support structure is or career progression opportunities.

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