By Amanda Tillman, MHA Supported Employment Specialist
No matter how long you’ve been in your job, it’s possible to find yourself becoming bored with your routine. If you do, you’re certainly not alone. Forty-three percent of workers say they frequently think about quitting, and 63% plan to look for another job within the next year, according to the Kelly Outsourcing & Consulting Group’s 2013 Report on Employee Engagement and Retention. But, in this job market, looking for another job and actually finding one is easier said than done. So it’s sometimes better to make the most of what you have. Here are a few tips that I share with clients who are looking for job satisfaction.
– Seek out challenges.
Sometimes seeking out challenges at work can be a great way to refresh your outlook on your job. Talk with your supervisor to see if there are new responsibilities you can assume or new projects to develop. Chat with co-workers to see what they are working on and offer assistance. You could end up learning a lot of information from that experience.
-Be a lifelong learner.
Never stop learning. Find out what kind training and professional development your company offers and take advantage of it all. Explore whether or not you can cross train for positions in other departments within the company. Consider positions for which you already have an interest as you never know what the future holds.
– Get involved.
Many organizations have social clubs or committees which are responsible for organizing celebrations such as holidays, birthdays, and retirements. This can be a great way to get to know other co-workers in a more relaxed environment that can help develop strong friendships.
Once you have found yourself standing on solid financial ground, start putting away money. It’s not necessary to have something to save it for just yet, but start saving it anyway. Sometimes this is enough to refocus any restlessness into something productive to come in the future.
In short, make the most out of your job. When you do, you may just find a whole long list of new and exciting things you love about it.
By Amanda Tillman, MHA Supported Employment Specialist, JCS Career Center
JCS offers a full range of career services. For more information about the JCS Career Center click here or call 410-466-9200.
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