YOU have been working with your employer for five years and you are all too familiar with the operations procedures and the people working there.
Day after day, month after month, year after year, you have been doing your job unquestioningly — after all, you get a decent salary and it pays the bills, supports your family and gives you a certain lifestyle.
But now, you face the inevitable fact that your passion and enthusiasm for the work has diminished. Recognise these signs?
You do not look forward to going to work
Every morning you wish you could sleep for another five minutes and when you are getting ready, you feel vaguely depressed.
You think of the workday ahead of you and mentally count the days to the weekend. You literally drag your feet to work.
As a result, you tend to arrive late at the office. Of course, you tell colleagues that the train or the bus was late, you couldn’t get a cab, or you were stuck in a traffic jam. The truth is, you find it difficult to leave home.
You watch the clock
At work, you feel bored and colleagues are wary of approaching you because your body language says, “don’t bother me”.
You complete your work with little enthusiasm, and often daydream about your next holiday. You think about what to have for lunch, counting down the minutes till noon.
Back at your desk, the hours seem to drag even though you have work to do. When 6pm comes, you feel a surge of relief as you head for the exit.
Your productivity drops
You resist any changes that management wants to implement, thinking them a “waste of time”. These changes take you out of your comfort zone and you feel unable to cope.
You complain about your work rather than try to find solutions or way to be more productive. You avoid regular meetings because you are not keeping up with your deadlines. You take frequent medical leave.
You spend too much time on social media
You frequently stop working on your tasks to check for updates on your Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram. You find yourself being distracted by the latest releases on your favourite blogshop. You chat online even as you find excuses not to discuss work matters with your colleagues.
You steer clear of office events
Unless your attendance is compulsory, you avoid company functions like the plague. You look for excuses not to turn up at office get-togethers, which are aimed at fostering colleague bonding. You just don’t want to stay in the office one minute longer than you have to.
If any or all of the above sounds familiar, you are probably sick of your job. If unchecked, this situation can be detrimental to your career.
Sooner or later, your boss will notice your lack of interest and declining productivity and question your loyalty and commitment towards the company. He will also be concerned about how your negative attitudes are going to affect the rest of your colleagues.
Feeling unhappy at work will also have an impact on your health in the long run. Depression can leave you feeling tired and unwell.
Do a reality check as soon as possible. Ask yourself if this is a temporary state that can be resolved by proactively looking for growth opportunities within the company.
Perhaps you still enjoy some aspects of the work that the industry offers, and merely need a change of duties. Explore your options with your supervisor immediately, and try to get a new lease of worklife in the office.
On the other hand, if you think the situation is unlikely to improve, you owe it to yourself and your organisation to move on. It is within your power to be happy at work and contribute to the good of your company.