I Feel Stuck At My Job
In 2013, Forbes magazine reported on a poll which stated that “Work is more often a source of frustration than fulfilment for nearly 90% of the world’s workers.”
By 2017, the number of employees globally who were described as emotionally disconnected from their workplaces was only slightly better at 85%. This means that only 15% of workers feel a sense of engagement, passion or deep connection to their work.
If you’re wondering what causes this small number of people to be accomplishing, it means they are actively innovating or moving their company forward. The rest are “sleepwalking through their days, putting little energy into their work. They are leaving their job every day drained, physically and mentally. They feel trapped by their job but also feel compelled to continue due to financial necessity.
Then there are those who are actively disengaged, meaning they hate their jobs to such an extent that they act out, undermining the accomplishments of their co-workers.
If you have been sleepwalking through your job, but have never done anything concrete to change things for the better, or if you just react to the idea of feeling stuck, then set aside 15 minutes and ask yourself these questions:
Does staying stuck in my job fulfil my core values?
Have you found yourself asking “Do I have any chance of changing the role of my job, or my job description so I can fulfil my passion while continuing to work here?”
What have I contributed to my own growth and happiness so far by remaining where I am?
What will happen if I remain stuck where I am?
What will happen to me if I never make a bold move to reach a new, fulfilling and engaging role?
During the first week of my training as a life coach, my instructor mentioned that I must be able to fill my glass first, before considering filling anyone else’s. It was such very good advice that I’m sharing it with you now.
There may have been periods in your working career where you have felt little more than a robot, mass producing item after item week after month after year. You face the same grey wall or computer screen or cubicle, clocking on and off at the same time every day, Monday to Friday, maybe even on weekends, just to meet your deadlines.
On some of those occasions, you may not have received any acknowledgment from management at all for helping your firm meet its deadline, or your assistance in helping to over-come impending disaster. You're completely taken for granted and it feels like you're superfluous, that your very existence doesn't matter.
Sooner or later, you may arrive at the point when you snap. Or you already have, which is why you may be reading this blog.
You’re aware of the stress, disappointment and general negative feelings you associate with your current job.
You want change…and it’s got to happen now!
How to go about it?
What is the best course of action for you to take?
On the surface, it seems like a logical choice to make. Change your job. Change the firm you work for or get moved to another branch. But is it worth the risk? That mortgage or rental payment comes up alarmingly fast.
What about the unknown factors? Will you be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire?
During times like these, it helps to assess your options dispassionately, as if you were removed from the problem. That way you begin to see the situation for what it truly is.
If you are struggling with your options, not knowing where to turn, a life coach can assist you to sharpen your focus and help you make a move to a career that not only fulfils your purpose, but brings you a sense of accomplishment and well-being.
If you’re looking for a new horizon in your career, contact me here...
Contact: David Gillman - The Mindset Mechanic