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Fall back in love with your job this Valentine’s day

Friday 14th February 2020
Like any relationship, the relationship between you and your job is one that needs nurture.

There will be times in your career when you when you are head over heels for your job. You’re happy in your role and excited for the future. However, there will also be times when your updating your online profile and swiping through job ads desperate for an escape from your current position.

It’s not always going to be plain sailing and tough times are almost inevitable, but just because things aren’t going right all the time is not an excuse to jump ship every time it goes wrong.
You were happy, so what happened along the way for you to fall out of love with your job?

Take everything into consideration…

It’s important to take everything into consideration when going through a tough period at work. 

How long have you felt like this? Are the issues you're facing easy to overcome?

Have you spoken to your colleagues about how you're feeling? Could there be a simple solution to your work problems?

What do you want from your current role? 

Any good manager who values their staff will be unnerved by the thought of one of their employees wanting to leave their organisation and will often do all that they can to make your working life better.  Could you talk to your management team about how you’re feeling?

Asking yourself these questions is a good place to start.

Continue to learn!

Sometimes boredom can set in when you feel like you’ve learnt and mastered all that you can in your current position. A good way to counteract this problem is to continue learning. Always try to explore opportunities to take on new responsibilities or learn a new skill.

The Every Girl blog suggests that depending on your company, you might be able to stay completely in your current role, but be “detailed” to a different team for a specific project over a finite time period. By doing this, your broadening your horizons by adding new and interesting components to your role – without having to move jobs.

Do more of what you love

There will be some aspects, or a part of your working day you enjoy and take pleasure out of. Find out what that is and do more of it!

While doing this, think also the parts of your job you don’t like. Is there a better, more interesting way of doing the things you don’t like to make them more manageable and not likely to negatively impact your working life?

Find your support system

If you’ve found yourself in a downward spiral when it comes to work but you’re enthusiastic about moving past this period and falling back in love with your role, it’s a good idea to latch on to the people in your organisation who are the most positive. You’re never going to see the good in your role and what you love about it if your surrounded by the negative Nancy’s of the office.

Surrounding yourself with colleagues who are positive and are visibly happy in the workplace will keep you in good spirits even on the toughest of days.

Stop comparing yourself to others…

Sometimes comparing yourself to others in the workplace or your friend’s careers can make you dissatisfied in your current role. ‘Why aren’t I making as much money as them?’ ‘Why do they seem to be doing so well in their career?’.

Remember each person is in their own lane when it comes to their career and has their own agenda. Instead of using comparisons as a negative, try using the comparisons you are making and use them to drive your performance and surpass your own expectations.

Taking the points above into consideration will help you find the love you lost in your current role. 

However, there will be times when the way you are feeling is a sign that it is really time to move on and that is okay! You will spend one third of your life at work, it’s so important to be in a job that you love, get pleasure from and that supports your professional and personal growth.

Check out our blog to know how to recognise the signs it’s time to move on from your current role.
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