When we start a new job, we are usually filled with excitement and anticipation. We have great ideas about what value we are going to add to the business and how much we will learn and achieve. It is fun meeting new people, getting trained in new skills or taking on new projects.
However, 12 months down the track, it can feel a bit different. It is easy to get into a routine at work and start to think that the ‘grass will be greener’ in another role or company.
But consider this: when you start a new job, you have to build your reputation again and earn the brownie points so you get chosen for exciting new projects.
A lot of people leave a job too early not realizing that they are only a short time away from been offered new responsibilities, leadership opportunities or training and development.
So before you start searching for a new job, take some time to think about how you can spice up your current role!
- Think about additional responsibilities that would challenge and interest you. Build a business case around how this could happen and present to your manager.
- What is your 5 year career goal? Is your current job helping you get there? If so, keep your eye on the goal. Knowing your role is helping you reach your future aspirations can help us stick with an otherwise boring job.
- Think about how your current company and role fits your values, motivations, interests, talents and goals. Sometimes we lose sight of what a great fit our current role really is! Put up pictures or key words where you can see them to remind yourself how this job helps you to fulfill your dreams.
- If you are considering leaving just because of money, then make sure you have considered all the factors. Think about location, training, leave entitlements, bonuses or profit share, product discounts, future opportunities, how fun it is and how much you enjoy working with your colleagues or manager. All these factors impact on your job satisfaction, and money doesn’t necessarily make up for their absence.
- Who can you mentor in the business? Is there someone who would benefit from your support and guidance. Talk to HR or your manager about how you can make a difference to someone else.
- If there are things that you don’t like or think could be done better, then come up with a plan. Take ownership of organizing the social events for your team, the sales drives or process improvements. Don’t just sit there – make it happen!
Make robust career decisions by considering all the factors and not jumping indiscriminately from role to role.
By keeping your eye on your goals and overall satisfaction, you may find that your current job is the perfect vehicle to get you where you want to be.
Find your Passion
FuelFactors™ are Fuel50’s gamified tools that help people understand where they are at, and where they might want to go. Every tool within the FuelFactors™ suite — Values, Talents, Fit and Agility — creates an incredibly clear understanding of strengths, weaknesses, skill-level, career stage, core values and motivators, and so much more.