unhappy at work http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12540/all en-US 10 Ways to Fall Back in Love With Your Job http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-fall-back-in-love-with-your-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-fall-back-in-love-with-your-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bored.jpg" alt="Bored girl" title="Bored girl" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="173" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 9 to 5 grind can wear you down, and some of you may start to feel that all you're doing at work is counting down the hours till you can clock out. Don't let work get you down, and read on for ways you can fall back in love with your job again.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Productive-Monday-5679691">RELATED: 5 Little Tips to Help Kick-Start Your Work&nbsp;Week</a></p> <h3>Find a Mentor</h3> <p>Sometimes finding a career mentor can make a huge difference in your attitude and view towards your work-life. Some companies have their own mentoring program, which can either <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Im-Asking-Do-You-Have-Career-Mentor-7037655">provide the employee a lot of guidance or none at all</a>. Finding a mentor is something that <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Find-Mentor-11140846">generally happens organically</a>, and you don't necessarily have to find one that works at your company.</p> <p>Try to put in some effort into finding your career yoda, and you might just find work more enjoyable. There's nothing more inspiring than learning from someone who has been there and done that.</p> <h3>Build a Healthy Work-Life Balance</h3> <p>Burnout may be causing you to lose some love for your job. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial to success and happiness at your job, because if your job starts getting you down, you're going to end up dreading it.</p> <p>Read these <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/15-Tips-Better-Work-Life-Balance-2982664">15 tips for a better harmony</a> between life and work.</p> <h3>Start a Volunteer Initiative</h3> <p>Giving back to society can create a great sense of well being. What better way to start then by organizing a volunteer initiative at work? You'll be bonding with your coworkers and doing something meaningful at the same time.</p> <p>Find out <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Company-Volunteer-Ideas-11753305">how you can start volunteering with your office</a>, and read these five <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Office-Volunteer-Ideas-12059202">fun office volunteering ideas</a> you can do.</p> <h3>Strengthen Your Work Friendships</h3> <p>Friends are what make the world go around, and the same rule can apply to your working world as well. Try to build up better working relationships by <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/5-Tips-Making-Friends-Work-7934138">doing things such as</a> attending more company events and having a friendlier attitude. After all, it's the <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Happy-Work-13798882">people at work that contribute the most </a>to workplace satisfaction!</p> <h3>Plan Your Career Goals</h3> <p>If you haven't written out your <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Career-Plan-12644939">five-year career plan</a> yet, do it now. It's really helpful to put your goals into writing, because it really keeps things in perspective. Having everything on paper will add to your drive at work since you know what you should be working towards. And trust me, there is no greater feeling than crossing the items off your list.</p> <h3>Negotiate Better Perks, Salary</h3> <p>It's time to put your negotiating skills to good use, and try to get better perks and a raise. If your company is unwilling to budge on a salary increase, figure out what makes you happy and aim for negotiating for those perks instead.</p> <p>Perhaps <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/tag/pto">more PTO days</a> are what you need, or you would like to work from home more. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Ask-Vacation-Days-13889503">Plan your strategy</a> and set up a meeting with your boss.</p> <h3>Communicate With Your Boss</h3> <p>Better communication with your boss makes for a happy worker. Set up a time to check in with her, and ask her for some feedback. If there is anything at work that you are unsatisfied with, express your misgivings to her, but remember to keep it professional.</p> <p>If you don't already do this at work, try to establish regular one-to-one meetings with your manager.</p> <h3>Have a Positive Attitude</h3> <p>A huge part of happiness is mental, and if you stay positive, your attitude towards work might improve as well. Try to distance yourself from negative co-workers (if you have any), and focus on the things you love about your job, instead of lingering on the negatives.</p> <p>Destress with your friends if you're having angst about your work, and try to <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tips-Success-12457916">do nice things</a> for people in your work life. You'll be surprised at how being nice can get you ahead in your career.</p> <h3>Meet Passionate People in Your Industry</h3> <p>Start branching out and attend<a href="http://professional-development-kick.savvysugar.com/Events-Entrepreneurs-San-Francisco-11654809"> professional mixers</a> and <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Meetup-Networking-Event-Tips-13309974">networking events</a>. Passion can be very contagious and if you surround yourself with people who truly have love and dedication for their jobs, you might rediscover your own love for your job.</p> <h3>Search for a Job You Love</h3> <p>If you discover that no matter what you do, your job still leaves you unhappy, maybe you can <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Unemployed-Blogger-12637296">chase your dreams</a> and switch careers. Make sure you have thought it through carefully and that you're willing to take on the financial risks that come with this big change. You can transition into a new industry <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Get-Permanent-Job-13637660">by either temping</a>, taking on freelance jobs, or <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Why-Should-I-Go-Grad-School-10665783">going to grad school</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bored? Burnt out? Begging for the workday to be over? Help is here! Follow these suggestions to rekindle the romance with your work. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/savvysugar-300-small.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>SavvySugar</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Your-Boss-Doesnt-Want-Hear-7183927">6 Things&nbsp;Your&nbsp;Boss Doesn't Want to Hear</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Signs-You-Overworked-21617176">5 Signs You're Burned Out</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Convey-Authority-21277769">7 Effective Tips on Conveying Authority</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-fall-back-in-love-with-your-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-questions-to-ask-before-you-take-a-job-offer">12 Questions to Ask Before You Take a Job Offer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-hidden-costs-of-a-new-job">12 Hidden Costs of a New Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-things-you-need-to-do-if-you-want-to-quit-your-job">The 10 Things You Need to Do If You Want to Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-jobs-that-dont-pay-much">15 Great Jobs That Don&#039;t Pay Much</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income boredom burn out new job unhappy at work Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:36:24 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 900080 at http://www.wisebread.com Making Progress: The Missing Link Between Management and Employees http://www.wisebread.com/making-progress-the-missing-link-between-management-and-employees <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/making-progress-the-missing-link-between-management-and-employees" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5277574270_8f52d2ed73.jpg" alt="happy worker" title="happy worker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm always looking for what motivates people to do good work, because I think that it can make us all happier in the workplace. A recent <em>Harvard Business Review</em> <a href="http://hbr.org/2010/01/the-hbr-list-breakthrough-ideas-for-2010/ar/1">worker-motivation survey</a> came up with some great insights.</p> <p>The study asked 600 managers from varying industries what they thought motivated their workers the most. They were given five options:</p> <ol> <li>recognition</li> <li>incentives</li> <li>interpersonal support</li> <li>support for making progress</li> <li>clear goals</li> </ol> <p>Their #1 answer was &quot;recognition.&quot; Before I tell you the results on the worker side, take your pick on what makes &quot;a great workday&quot; for you.</p> <p>Researches analyzed more than 12,000 worker diary entries and there was a clear winner: <strong>making progress</strong>. On over 76% of &quot;great work days,&quot; employees made a reference to making progress &mdash; far more than any other factor. Does the answer surprise you a bit?</p> <h3>The Lazy Worker Stereotype</h3> <p>The &quot;progress&quot; finding might prove a bit surprising because a perception exists that many workers, given the opportunity to slack off, will do so. This common misconception often lead to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/incentive-plans-always-go-awry">misguided incentive plans</a>.</p> <p>Americans aren't lazy. We want to earn our keep. And management wants us to earn our keep as well (so they can earn theirs). It's the common ground &mdash; the missing link, if you will &mdash; to a super productive workplace.</p> <p>If an organization can work with its employees to remove roadblocks instead of creating new ones and help employees outline and achieve clear objectives, then they are likely to have a very inspired work environment.</p> <p>The <em>Business Review</em> rated the &quot;progress&quot; finding as a &quot;Breakthrough Idea of 2010.&quot; All managers and non-managers should take note. It might result in a happier workplace for everyone.</p> <h3>What's Next?</h3> <p>If you're not in management and you're not happy about your current work situation, does &quot;making progress&quot; resonate with you?</p> <p>If it does, what's next isn't exactly easy. First, you'll have to figure out what roadblocks keep you from more progress in the workplace. Is it something internal that you need to address? Or are there other roadblocks that you need to address with management?</p> <p>If these roadblocks are factors that are out of your hand, make a list and discuss constructive solutions with key decision-makers. If they are good managers, they should be open to ideas.</p> <p>If you're the key decision-maker, what can you do to make your employees' jobs easier? Make a list, discuss it with other managers and your employees, and then take the steps necessary to help people get things done.</p> <p>It may not solve all problems overnight, but it'll put things in motion. And that's what I call &quot;progress.&quot;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ge-miller">G.E. Miller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-progress-the-missing-link-between-management-and-employees">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-behaviors-and-attitudes-that-can-drive-workplace-success">14 Behaviors and Attitudes That Can Drive Workplace Success</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long">25 Signs That You&#039;ve Been at the Same Job Too Long</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-lessons-from-moneyball-can-help-your-career">How Lessons From Moneyball Can Help Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-star-employee-by-thinking-like-an-entrepreneur">Become a Star Employee by Thinking Like an Entrepreneur</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sing-your-own-praises-at-work-without-bragging">How to Sing Your Own Praises at Work (Without Bragging)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building employee motivation self employment unhappy at work workplace success Thu, 07 Apr 2011 10:00:05 +0000 G.E. Miller 508475 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Signs That You've Been at the Same Job Too Long http://www.wisebread.com/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3237482009_4106372473_z.jpg" alt="office stapler" title="office stapler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We live in an age of short attention spans, low patience, instant gratification, and unrealistic expectations. Duration of employment is at an all-time low, and most of us don't make it past the two-year mark, on average. That being said, we've surely been around the guy or gal who has simply just been around too long. And just maybe, that guy or gal is you! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks" title="10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a>)</p> <p>That's right, without realizing it, there might be signs that you've reached the limit on your current job, and it might be time to consider an employer or a <a href="http://20somethingfinance.com/should-you-tell-your-employer-you-are-changing-careers/">career change</a>. What follows are some warning signs that the writing is on the wall (all meant to be humorous, but some might be painfully true):</p> <ol> <li>You start to refer to all new hires as &quot;pups&quot; and &quot;spring chickens.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You play office trivia at lunch with other tenured folk just to make the &quot;pups&quot; and &quot;spring chickens&quot; feel out of place.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>They ran out of clever title changes to make you feel special about doing the same work.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You start getting plaques for how long you've been around.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>They start naming plants around the office after you as some sort of twisted memorial.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You stop caring that last night's leftover fish that you're microwaving for lunch stinks up the entire break room.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You work in a company of thousands of people, you have a common first name, and your email alias is your first name.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You bring up the &quot;office softball game from 10 years ago,&quot; only to sadly realize mid-thought that nobody you're talking to was even there 10 years ago.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>HR has to tell you to &quot;use or lose&quot; your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/america-is-the-no-vacation-nation" title="America Is the No Vacation Nation">vacation days</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You know everyone's kids' names, and remember them.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You only stick around for the sole purpose of getting drunk and making an ass out of yourself at the annual Holiday party.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You're the only person the IT guy completely avoids because he's scared of you.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>There are empty liquor bottles in your cubicle...and you just don't care.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can't remember when you didn't spend an hour a day at watching YouTube videos at work.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You reminisce about the '80s all the time, only to painfully realize later that most of the people you work with were actually born in the late '80s.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Your boss is younger than you. Yeah....<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You remember actually cashing a paycheck from the same employer.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You get nostalgic about how things used to be...and those things used to really suck back then.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You are grandfathered in to an actual <a href="http://20somethingfinance.com/pensions-vs-401ks-why-you-should-care-that-pensions-are-going-extinct/">pension</a>. Man, those were nice.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You tell your boss about a job offer you received and they just laugh.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Business casual now means jeans and a polo shirt.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You brought your kid to work on &quot;bring your kid to work day&quot; when they started school but they couldn't make this year's because they have their own job now.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You reference a scene in Office Space, comparing it to your job, at least once a week.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You stop getting performance reviews because your boss ran out of BS suggestions for &quot;areas to improve.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>9-to-5 literally means 9-to-5.</li> </ol> <p><em>What are some other painfully humorous revelations you've had that told you you've simply been around too long?<br /> </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ge-miller">G.E. Miller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-youre-being-a-terrible-employee">12 Ways You&#039;re Being a Terrible Employee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-job-perks-that-can-lead-to-a-dream-career">6 Job Perks That Can Lead to a Dream Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you">6 Warning Signs that It Is Not the Job for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career career change finding a job getting a job unhappy at work work Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:00:17 +0000 G.E. Miller 250395 at http://www.wisebread.com