Well, it’s the beginning of February. You’re over Dry January, have tried the tips to make your resolutions stick, experimented with the new diet, decluttered your contacts list…….and still you know something’s not right. There must be more. It must be possible to be happier, to have a greater sense of satisfaction?
Do you find yourself watching the clock to get through the day when you know it should be flying by? Are you doing rather than being? Do you know you have more to give but are not in the right place to be valued?
Over half of UK workers wish they could change career, rising to 72% for those aged between 25 and 34, according to research by long-term investment savings specialist, Standard Life. In different research from Red Letter Days for Business, the Employee motivation: who came out on top in 2015 report revealed that nearly half of the UK workforce collectively felt neutral or negative feelings towards their job. Only as many as 14% went as far as saying they loved their job.
The key factors which drive employee’s motivation are well documented: I’ve achieved, I was challenged, I gained knowledge, and I was recognised. But what your employer is doing for you, is not really the question. The question is, what are you doing for yourself?
We all know why we talk ourselves out of taking the bull by the horns and doing the difficult thing: better the devil you know, perhaps it will get better, family commitments, lack of nerve or confidence, convenience…..
But the sooner you begin to take steps towards making a change, the sooner you will regain a sense of control and self-respect.
People in employment spend on average more time in work related activities than any other activity, including sleep. That’s an awful lot of time to spend doing something you don’t love.
- Listen to yourself. Identify what it is that prevents you from making changes. Once you know that you can make steps to manage it. Ditch the fads and hyperbole that everyone else is telling you to do to feel happy, and take your personal wellbeing back to basics.
- Talk to others who will be affected if you make changes.
- Start to find the real you; the occupation in which you will be in flow, where you will have a genuine sense of purpose. Take note of what you day-dream about. Think about the things you would be doing if money was no object.
We have a number of free resources which can help you with your thinking. Don’t love your job? Do the right thing. Do something about it.