Time for a work spa – To reboot and boost your career!

After the challenges of 2020 and all the developments in 2021, many working professionals are feeling more stressed than ever. These amazing people went into overdrive to help their organisations survive and went beyond their limits to provide all they could for their teams, colleagues and stakeholders throughout the company.

Combine that with personal stress, like suddenly managing childcare and/ or eldercare responsibilities, e-learning, or personal health and safety concerns, isolation from your friends at work and home and the burdens of the pandemic can feel unmanageable. This build-up of stress can often lead to feeling burned out, which, in turn, can lead to job disillusionment and falling out of love with their role . After such a stressful time, many leaders may be looking for a change. This is what I am seeing more and more of in my coaching clients.

As we sit in a thriving jobs market, it’s tempting for professionals to toss in the towel at their current job and leave for another opportunity. The grass is always greener right. Not necessarily so….

Does this sound like you?

Coming out of a period like the past year and a half, it’s really important to consider your reasons for leaving and whether your current position is worth the commitment. Should you stay or should you go?

So before you stick two fingers up, email the boss and quit maybe consider the following actions

Time to reflect

Before even starting to look for another opportunity, you should first reflect on the following questions:

Are you still aligned with the company’s mission? Job satisfaction can stem from being passionate to stand behind what the company is about. Disagreeing with the company mission may be a good indicator that personal goals and the organisation’s mission are misaligned and may not be compatible, which can be a sign that it is time to move on.  

Do you get on with your teammates? Reflect on whether your co-workers make working enjoyable. Employee job satisfaction goes up 50% when employees have close relationships with their peers, according to Myers Briggs. Despite working from home, employees spend a lot of time with co-workers virtually, making it key to have a good relationship and level of respect for one another.

Do you have a strong relationship with your manager? An uneasy relationship with a manager can chip away at employees’ organisational engagement, confidence in their roles, and dedication. If they’re feeling a lack of communication, little connection, or negativity from their manager, that alone can warrant a job change. This is one of the big reasons in the past coachees have come to me and sometimes leaving wasn’t the right option. A better understanding of each other can really help.

Do you actually enjoy the work you do? It’s crucial for any professional to enjoy the work that directs their day-to-day responsibilities. Getting trapped in the wrong job can cast a shadow on an employee’s perspective not only on a career but potentially on life. They should consider if they find it exciting and empowering to take on new projects with new challenges and responsibilities. This again does not necessarily mean leaving but asking for new options.

After spending time reflecting on these questions, it should be clearer on whether you should stay or leave – based on your connection to your company, manager, and role. If the decision is to stay, here are some ways to improve job satisfaction.

Own career development

Often, people want to quit their current job when they’re unsuccessful in the role. Learning new skills and putting effort into career development can offer a new sense of purpose and help improve your value.

Taking the initiative to learn more and grow your skillsets can really help you find better success in your role and improve your job satisfaction. Seeking additional certifications or skills training not only helps you to remain a competitive professional, but it can also improve your work’s efficacy and help you achieve career growth and fulfilment.

Maybe try joining professional organisations not only to connect with and learn from other professionals in the industry but also because these organisations and associations also provide access to webinars, networking events, and more.

Talk to your leader.

Don’t be afraid to speak up if you’re feeling disengaged – after all your manager has probably already noticed. Being proactive and talking about it with your manager is a great way for you to show initiative.

Before scheduling the meeting with your manager, you should first write down a list of what in your role is most frustrating or daunting and causing unhappiness, as well as proposed solutions. Do not meet with your manager with a huge list of complaints and no action plan to reengage in the role. Maybe asking for a mentor or coach to help you along your journey in an impartial way will help (I would say that lol, but hey I’ve seen the results and it’s quite incredible)

Think about what is missing in the position. Is there something specific that would make your role more enjoyable? For instance, after working on long projects, turning your hand to a fresh challenge can offer a new and exciting aspect to the position.

Another thought for you, is working cross-functionally to help revitalise the role and spark engagement. You have the opportunity to use your skills in new ways, which can give you new and interesting challenges. The opportunity to partner with other leaders and other teams can give you the opportunity to build new work relationships, which can also increase your overall satisfaction.

Focus on building better relationships

Strong working relationships and friendships can help any professionals enjoy their role that much more. We all like to have a bit of fun after all. Rough patches and career troubles happen for almost every professional, and work friendships can help navigate these problems and increase overall job satisfaction. Again sometimes an impartial coach or mentor can also add to the support network you may need.

Research shows that employees who are close to their co-workers are happier at work, more engaged, better with clients, and do better work..

While any new hire is first focused on learning the job function and succeeding, as they become more established in the role, it is important to spend time connecting with colleagues. Happy hours, team lunches, and internal networking events are all great opportunities to meet and connect with others in the organisation. Building strong relationships at work can help you bring more value to other teams and overall improve you satisfaction in your role.

Stay or go?

After reflecting, trying new career development tactics, talking to a manager, and focusing on building relationships, it could be that the role still does not seem like the fit. Whatever the reasons are for wanting to leave, it is crucial to fully understand what influences the decision, weigh the pros and cons, and go out on professional terms with colleagues.

If all the steps necessary are taken and revive the relationship with the job, remember to keep these tips and habits consistent. No matter how the role changes throughout your career, seeking ways to improve an attitude and outlook will keep career progression steady and on track.

Need a work spa?

We have all heard of taking time out to refresh at a spa. We all know the benefits of me time. Well, my 12 week coaching programme can really help reboot and reinvigorate your love of your career. It’s like a work spa. Together, we take time out to reflect and discover how you got to where you are now, we transform your mindset and empower you move forwards so you can live what you do again and find the success you are looking for.

Then this is followed on by monthly booster check ins, to keep you on track it gives you the support you need. Quite often your business may support this investment (after all it will cost significantly more to replace you!)

If this is something you feel you need right now that reboot and boost to get you back on your career path get in touch …

Julie@primepersona.co.uk

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