Fear of “Asked to Go”

Everybody gets the blues sometimes, and that’s as true at one’s  job as it is outside the office. When the ennui sets in, it gets harder to retain the spring in your step as you head out to work each morning. The stress begins to show. You start coming up with reasons why your job is not right for you. But at a time when employees are being handed pink slips, it has become harder to assume that the “right job” is waiting for you just around the corner. So don’t rush to type up that resignation-give your job one more chance. Here are some tips on changing your job from “boring” to “interesting”.

This really is the first step to any change. List the problems you are having, and the possible solutions to them. Think about them, and you will find there are many small and big changes that could improve your situation. List those changes and start working to implement them-that effort will have to come from you. Be the vehicle of change.

It’s all in the mind, say psychologists. Recall the reasons why, during your first few months on the job, you thought it was a great one. Unless your work situation has changed drastically, some of those reasons probably still hold true. For instance, an operator in a call centre back office, hated the extended working hours at her workplace, yet spent a good five years at it simply because her colleagues were like an extended family. Cope up with the changes in the work situation which may last for a short duration.

Go back to that list of positive changes that you can make. Now is the time to bring them about. Often, the reason an employee wants to quit her job is that she feels she didn’t recieve what she deserves from her seniors. If you think you have been denied the promotion you deserve for instance, consider talking it out with your seniors. But before marching into your boss’s office waving your list of demands, review your own work critically-from the boss’s point of view. Of course, keep in mind that talking it out is best done only when you are on a strong footing to bring about real changes.

A good way to bring freshness to the same old job is to find new ways to do it better than before. It is this innovative outlook that has resulted in newer and improved versions of products and services in the market. Besides, at a personal level, being creatively involved will keep away the negative thoughts. In short reinvent your work.

A good number of people have quit their well-paying jobs simply because they feel their hard work is not appreciated. Often, this gives some people reason to blame their boss. But there’s always the possibility that the oversight was not deliberate. Too often, employees keep rather low profiles, and thus remain unnoticed. If you are feeling overlooked, consider that it may be time to get out of the shadows. There’s no call to brag about yourself; you can handle the situation in a subtle manner. When the opportunity-say, a regular feedback session-presents itself, take it to ensure that your boss is well aware of the efforts you have been putting in.

Often, the real reason people lose interest in their job is not the work itself, but the people at work. If there isn’t a single person in your office with whom you can get along professionally, it’s possible that the problem is yours, and not theirs. In today’s corporate scenario, the inability to work in a team is considered a weakness. Tackle difficult colleagues.

But assuming the problem is not with you, and a problematic colleague is really proving to be detrimental to your work, consider asking your supervisor to move you to another department, where you can meet new people, although you would also have to be ready to possibly do somewhat different work. Looking for a change within your existing corporate environment may be easier, if minor irritations are the issue.

Giving in to the impulse to quitting may seem the easy way out, but life may actually be easier if the problem can be reduced or fixed without giving up the job. Quitting is for smokers and not for job holders.

  • Valan

    Article is OK.Some personally we do no ,if some bodies tell us our weakness ,we will thing about it to change.

  • Kpsjadon

    Great article, but a bit of practicle aspect isn’t highlighted, in actual terms asking your boss about the goods you have achived is not not so easy….

  • Berniebop39

    I think its good that you would write an article like this to assist workers to stay in their jobs when they find it hard but this isnt suitable to certain industries such as the hospitality industry I speak from first hand experience with the economy the way it is in Ireland the hospitality outlets are having to downsize and delayer their organisations to help cut costs which sees the employee doing more work for less pay and no breaks but the time allowed for breaks is still being docked in their wages. Stress is fast becoming the number one cause of employees being absent from work and is costing small business over €550 million a year and the stressors causing the stress are realted to over-work poor communication from management and low pay. Any comments or solutions? ;-)  

  • Ratnaashokan

    very relevant and informative article.   The same problem I am facing in my office.

    thank you very much