Job-hopping is a problem faced by both employers and employees. For employers, it takes time and resources to find a new person and train them. If you’re an employee, having a checkered resume does not help. Here are some ways to keep that fire burning if you feel stuck in a job rut.
- Explore new job responsibilities.
Most of us remember being excited when we first landed our new role. However, in time, the excitement dies down and before you know it, you’re bored with your work. Before you hand in your resignation in search of greener and more fun pastures, ask yourself – is there something else that I could be doing here? If the answer is yes, then speak to your supervisor / manager about expanding your job scope. This makes you come across as a go-getter and will help greatly with your performance reviews.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for a promotion.
Sometimes, we feel stuck in a rut not because of what we’re currently doing at work, but because we’re not advancing. If you feel like you’re due for a promotion or that you’re ready to take charge of a team, speak up. A promotion won’t land in your lap just because you’re sitting in your space quietly working. Promotions often go to the ones who are up front and centre. The squeakiest wheel gets the oil is an old, but true adage.
- Get a transfer.
If you’re in a large company, it is likely that there are many opportunities lying in wait for you. Perhaps what you need is not a change to a new job and company, but simply a change in environment. Find out if you’re able to make a transfer. For example, if you’re in sales, you might want to give marketing a try. In some cases, all it takes is a literal change in scenery. Large companies often have branches, so approach HR and check if you’re able to transfer to another office that’s maybe closer to home for you, or in a more vibrant locale close to the city.
- Upgrade your skills
Most work places offer skills-upgrading packages. Again, approach your HR and find out what’s available or relevant to your job scope. Learning something new and applying it at work does wonders for both employers and employees.
Often, people feel bored at work because there is nothing new in their daily routine. But it doesn’t mean that one has to quit and find something completely different. There are also some small changes you can incorporate to brighten up your day.
If you can’t get a transfer to a new department or office branch, then explore changes within your control, like personalising your work space. People love to DIY and decorate their homes, so why not your office space where you spend a lot of time? Or change up your lunch routine – rather than always going to the canteen or packing lunch, head out and explore nearby eating places. You might be pleasantly surprised at how making small changes lead to a big difference.