IF YOU have been in your current job for a long time, you are likely to get unhealthily comfortable in it or you may start to feel dissatisfied. You want something different or more.
At this stage, instead of planning to get a new job, try to negotiate for more responsibilities (which may or may not come with a pay raise). If this is not feasible, there is still hope.
Here are 10 tips to not only increase job satisfaction, but also to help you to get ahead.
1. Rest and recharge
Each year, many Singaporeans do not effectively take advantage of their allotted vacation time. This results in them being stressed-out, over-worked and unproductive workers.
This year, take time to plan and book your vacations. More importantly, include something fun for yourself that can recharge you (not just your family) - something motivating that you want to look forward to the next time round.
2. Rotate your work tasks
Sometimes work assignments can be tedious and challenging. So, instead of plugging away at that 20-page document for the sixth hour straight, take a break and shift to another assignment. You will use a different skill set, accomplish another task and approach your original task with fresh eyes when you return to it. Mix your satisfiers and dissatisfiers to keep your enthusiasm.
3. Re-evaluate your career path
What were you doing in your professional career six months ago? How about one, two, five, 10 or 20 years ago? Re-evaluate your current career path to see if you are on target with your professional goals.
If you have strayed from the course or have not defined your ambitions, plan out goals to achieve in the next six to 12 months. Inject a sense of realistic purpose into your career.
4. Reconnect with your co-workers
Large companies have reputations for being so large that you may never meet that person you correspond with via e-mail on a daily basis. Even if you work at a small company, it can be extremely easy to not interact with your colleagues.
Take time while getting that morning cup of coffee or as you pass in the hallway to say "hello" and catch up on what they are doing - in person. Colleagues are an effective source of feedback and positive support.
5. Ramp up your skills
It has happened to all of us - your computer is giving you trouble, or you are not sure how to effectively present your project at an upcoming meeting. Make the most of these situations by aiming to improve at least one of your skills. Pick up a self-help book or attend a lecture or seminar to better prepare yourself for your next challenge at work.
6. Romance yourself at work
What is it about your work or career that you enjoy or absolutely love doing? Think about what tasks give you the most satisfaction and strive to work more towards those items on a daily basis, or as part of the grander scheme of your career as a whole.
In a temporary rut? Order a bouquet of flowers for your desk or buy an inspirational or picturesque calendar.
7. Recipe for a happy and healthy worker
Balancing your work and personal life is a challenging task, but by taking steps every day you can find the right balance for you. So, take advantage of flexible work opportunities such as telecommuting if your company offers it.
Take your full lunch break - grab lunch at your favourite restaurant or go for a walk. Make an effort to schedule at least one "fun" activity with a friend during the week such as having coffee or seeing a movie.
8. Request help
Even the most super-productive and independent individual needs help from time to time. If you are in a tight spot - be it a tough deadline or an unfamiliar task - ask for assistance. Make sure your employer is aware of your situation. It is best to explain the situation you are in as it is happening, rather than waiting to deliver an item late or incomplete.
9. Retain your professional connections
It is important to remember those people who have helped you find your current job or provided you with professional guidance throughout your career. Maintaining professional contacts and connections helps keep your network strong and provides a solid base for future reference.
So write an e-mail message, make a phone call or schedule an appointment to catch up with old acquaintances.
10. Remember, it's all about you!
If you are unhappy or unsatisfied at work, determine what is making you unhappy. If possible, make or request small changes in your current job so your work will be more appealing. If that isn't possible, you may want to consider changing jobs or careers altogether.
Whatever it is you resolve to do, remember that taking time to review your goals or plans can help you stay on track with your ambitions, whether it be getting a promotion, a raise or finding that ideal new job or career.