Being unhappy in your job can be a big cause of stress, worry and some studies even suggest it can lead to more serious mental health problems. However, small but significant changes can have a serious impact on how much you enjoy your job, and the amount of satisfaction you get from clocking in the hours.
We’ve all had those days when the alarm goes off and you simply don’t want to get out of bed, but if you find yourself dreading getting up and going to work on a regular basis it might be time to make some changes.
Here are just 5 ways you can boost your job satisfaction in 2016:
Look at progression options
It may be that you feel dissatisfied in your job because you’ve been stuck at the same level for too long. If you work for a large company, it may be that your talent is being overlooked. Talking to your manager about the progression options open to you can help change this and ensure that you feel more appreciated in your role.
It may be that, due to finances or job openings, there is nowhere for you to progress at the moment, but letting your manager know that you are keen to enhance your skills and grow as a professional can only be a good thing.
If progression isn’t an option at the moment, you can always ask your employer about the opportunities available to upskill. Although it may not be a promotion or a wage increase, learning new skills – or enhancing your current ones – can be a simple way to rediscover your love for your job.
Adding to your skillset also boosts the likelihood of you being headhunted or securing a new job should you want to leave the company at some stage.
Go job hunting
If you feel you’re not able to progress or develop at your current company, it may be time to bite the bullet and change jobs. Many people get comfortable in their role, but if you are suffering from low levels of satisfaction, looking for other jobs may be the boost you need.
Of course, going for interviews doesn’t mean that you have to take the job. If you are offered a new role, talk to your employer about the options. If you enjoy working for them and with your colleagues, it may be the perfect opportunity to get a promotion or pay rise.
Start your own creative projects
If you work in a creative industry, it may be that the dissatisfaction from your job comes from not being able to realise your creativity. Starting to work on your own projects outside of your full-time job can be a brilliant way to boost your morale, which will better your mood in the workplace.
Of course, it may be possible that you can freelance and increase your income, while also channelling your creativity.
Go out on your own
Becoming self-employed can be a scary prospect, there’s no denying it, but if you have the necessary skills it can also be a fantastic way of drastically improving your job satisfaction. Not only will you be generating your own profit, but you’ll also have far more control over the hours you work and the time you have free to spend with your family.
If you have worked in a creative or media-based industry for a number of years, it’s likely that you have generated skills and experience that are in high demand. Whether you decide to become a consultant or a freelancer, taking the leap to go out on your own and become self-employed can be difficult.
Brookson can offer you the support and help you need to make the best decision about becoming your own boss.