How to make current job more fulfilling

Are you losing interest in your current job? Do you feel perhaps changing it will bring more happiness? Before you go further with stronger steps, what if you re-evaluate your situation? Is it really the job you less like or something else within the job that needs adjustments? Let’s review some steps on how we can make our current job more meaningful:

  • Know why behind the job you’re in: Understand why you’re in this job. Is it your financial responsibility that’s bringing you to the work every day? Why did you choose this line of work? Does it relate to your interests?
  • Is there anything that is lacking in the current job? Evaluate reasons what can increase the engagement at work. What growth perspective you’d like to focus on? Is it more salary? Is it the increase in the impact to the people or business you support? Is it the technology/skills you use at work? Here’s a quick trick to evaluate. Would you prefer to continue doing the work you do, if:
    • You’re offered 2 times the current salary or
    • You’re offered a promotion or
    • You’re offered to increase your business impact or
    • You’re offered to work with more people or
    • You’re offered to switch to use different technology/skills
  • Evaluating it would help to increase the engagement. If we find out that we should move for a better option, we should plan for it. Sometimes, we find out that we’re already in a great environment. For example, a friend of mine was not engaged at work. After the analysis, he realized that given two times the salary, he’d continue working at the same place with the same set of people, supporting the same business. So, there was nothing wrong in his current job except a low pay situation. He decided to explore if he’s really paid low. The reality was that he’s reasonably paid. His comparison of low-pay was also somewhat unreasonable. Sometimes, it’s our comparison, judgement, and other such inner-enemies that cause us distress. Sometimes some people have a feeling that we’re not doing enough or we’re simply not happy where we are. After the realization, he’s now focusing on his current job with a desire to increase his impact. Another person in a similar situation found out that he can get a better salary outside. He planned to move to a better paying job.
  • What’s the minimum required from you at work: Make a list of minimum required expectations from you at work. How knowing the minimum required expectations help? Many times, we’re overwhelmed and lost with many demands at work. Sometimes, it becomes confusing to navigate the day at work successfully. Making a list of minimum required tasks provides us the clarity of expectations. For example, if someone is a software developer at work, they can write minimum required tasks as:
    • Prime tasks like driving projects A, B, and, C. Write down what’s the minimum required expectation for each project.
    • Supporting tasks: update on progress every week, month, and quarter. What does it means? How much times does it require every week?
    • Trainings: are there any mandatory trainings that you have to attend?
  • After making a list of minimum required tasks, plan your time at work to first address these tasks. In my experience, I noticed that many times, ambiguous situations and confusions take up a lot of time. Without the clarity of minimum required tasks, we maybe wasting time. After a certain time, we start being overwhelmed with many things undone.
  • Look at the bigger picture of your current job. Let’s look at three areas to evaluate it:
    • People: how are your work relationships with people? Do you feel connected with people at work? Can you make friends at work to share your life and listen to their life situations? Connecting with people at work can make the work more interesting. Also, knowing that you’re not alone in life’s common challenges can help to find mentor support. For example, a friend found that his colleague also has interest in writing. What if he and his colleague can find moments in the day to share their writing content?
    • Business: what business does your job supports? What’s the bigger picture of it? For example, are you in an IT development job? What social cause your company support? If it’s a public company, what is the sector of your company’s stock? How your work impacts the society? When we relate our work with a larger cause, it could help in bringing the engagement.
    • Technology/Skills: What skills do you need, to perform your current job? What are your areas of expertise? How valuable are those skills in the outside market? Is there any skill that other would like to learn from you? If you’re interested in mentoring others, would you like to mentor someone at work? Is there any particular skill you’d like to learn more at work?
  • Plan for periodic leaves. Sometimes, we feel that we have no choice other than going to the same work every week. Taking leaves helps us to reflect upon life. If it’s feasible, plan for a longer leave, like a week. If you’re free without any work tasks, what do you feel to do? For example, my one friend likes learning about technologies even when he’s out of the work. He’s naturally inclined towards technologies. By taking leaves, he realized that even if he doesn’t need a job for his financial needs, he’d like to write programs in his free time. He realized that it’s not the work type that he wants to change. Sometimes, he’s overwhelmed at work. So, the solution is to find out how can he prioritize his work so he can set the right expectations.
  • Plan for continuous evaluations: Plan for a periodic evaluation to assess where you’re. If you’re interested in something else, keep pivoting from the current situations. For example, after a decade of experience in a technical skills set, if you’re interested in moving to a new skills set, start planning for a steady move.

I’d love to know yours feedback on it. Thank you.

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