Today is the start of a new month; with that, brings many possibilities. This is a great time to do a check-up on the ‘health’ of your career; just like you go to the doctor to ensure your health is fine, you can (and should) do the same with your career.
Job happiness is vital to one’s health – both emotional and physical – and to your overall success. It ensures your attitude and work performance which lead to that success. But how happy is our workforce today? Not much.
As of July 30, only 33..8% (Gallop, 2017) of workers are engaged in their work, meaning they like what they do and are willing to ‘show up’ and do the work needed to the best of their ability. What about the other 66.2%? What are they doing while at work – why are they even there?
You may be feeling this malaise with your work, which can happen over time and the longing to do more; this might include: getting a promotion, learning a new skill, working on a bigger project, being more involved in workplace activities, having a better relationship with your immediate supervisor or upline, and the like. There may be life events that can lead to feeling the need for a change, or perhaps, there has been a change of some type in the workplace culture or personnel.
Whatever the reason is, performing a career health check-up regularly can identify your current ‘health state’ for how you feel about the work you do and the environment you do it in; it can uncover if there are any factors that may be the cause of your unhappiness or it can validate that your work is going well. Whichever you find, you can always make any necessary changes or reinforce what you have.
Here are a some questions to answer:
- what does your job entail and it is your calling or a segue to something else?
- what do you like/love about your job?
- what don’t you like about your job?
- what skills have you learned in this job?
- do you feel you’re working off your highest value? if not, why not?
- have you been challenged in this role? If not, what can you do to get that?
- do you feel excited to go to work each day? If not, what needs to change?
- are you satisfied with the relationship with your immediate supervisor? with your colleagues? what can you do to continue to nurture these?
- does your work motivate you, and fuel your passions?
Really dig deep into these questions and be truthful in your answers – only you will see them but honesty is needed to ensure you are on the right track. For those positive answers – kudos and keep on as these are your motivators that lead to engaging work; for those negatives, the beauty is that you have the choice and power to make any changes needed. You don’t have to keep doing what you’re doing that is leading to job unhappiness (isn’t hat the definition of insanity?); you can turn your thinking around.
Being healthy in your job is a choice you get to make; taking the pulse regularly will prevent falling down the ‘rabbit hole’ and having your situation spiraling down until you feel the only ‘fix’ is to change jobs; while this may be needed, you won’t know unless you determine the reasons. The questions above will help you to make that determination. Managing you career is yours to do – make it healthy!
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