UNHAPPY AT WORK – ANALYSE AND TAKE POSITIVE ACTION ON IT
“It’s worth remembering that for any change to happen in your life, you must be wrong about something. If you’re sitting there, miserable day after day, then that means you’re already wrong about something major in your life, and until you’re able to question yourself to find it, nothing will change.”― Quote by Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.
Everyone has good workdays and bad workdays. Some days the bad days are more than the good. We have all heard about the “Monday blues” and experience the same starting from Sunday evening. Am I right or am I right! However, when we find that our low days start going beyond a day or 2, then it is time to sit up and take notice. If the low energy / “blues” is becoming the norm rather than the exception, it is time to take action. We have compiled some actionables which help all of us to face the feeling and then take appropriate action, whatever it may be.
Start monitoring your daily feeling of disengagement with work / dissatisfaction. Try to look inward and put it down on paper / spreadsheet. Data of your disengagement is the KPI needed by you to take any form of action, down the road. Within a few weeks, you will have the information you need to introspect and make a proper diagnosis.
Analyse the information. Instead of just ascertaining blames on external factors and people. Be honest with yourself. There are times the feelings arise out of your own mental & emotional issues and health. Be it low confidence, issues in personal life. They are all factors in making us feel disengaged at work as well. At times, you will realise that you may need to work on yourself rather than taking action against external forces.
Arrive at a decision. If your diagnosis is that the job, the work environment or ethic, the management, the colleagues are the problem, then it is time to own the feeling and be assured of the outcome. It’s better to realise that the toxic environment is not for you and to think of moving on. It’s time to consider careers and companies that might be the right fit for you for different reasons. Resist the feeling of trying to mould yourself into someone you are not, just to hold onto a job. Be bold, be confident. The next step awaits you.
Make a plan and take action. Be it resolving personal dilemmas, job hunting, or your approach to the current job. Convert the negativity into positivity and take the right action to resolve the feelings, once and for all. You will see your inner light glow again and dispel the gloom you feel every day at work.