What to do when you feel stuck, but don’t want to quit your job
You may not be in love with your job anymore, but not so unhappy that you wanted to join the big quit trend. If you find yourself disengaged and not sure what to do next, here are some tips to get yourself noticed and change the trajectory of your current job within the organization.
Get up and Be warned
In today’s remote and hybrid working styles, it’s easy to fall through the cracks. Being at home, you could become a forgotten second-class citizen. A survey by SHRM, the largest human resources organization, showed that managers often forget about working from home. Nearly 70% of teleworker supervisors admitted that they consider teleworkers more easily replaceable than on-site workers. More than 60% believe full-time remote work is detrimental to employees’ career goals, and 72% say they would rather all of their reports work in the office.
You must be your own lawyer. No one will be your saviour. Let the right people (your manager, organizational leaders, and key decision makers) know what you’ve done. Share with them your accomplishments, accomplishments, and how you exceeded expectations. Don’t brag or brag, just provide the facts and data of what you’ve achieved.
Go to the office for a few days
I know it’s better to work from home. You have freedom and autonomy over your day. You might not want to hear this – go to the office a few days a week. I understand you don’t want to commute anymore. Here’s what you get for coming to the office two or three days a week: Your boss will give you all the juicy projects because you’re there. This is a proximity bias. Since you are there, it is easier for the supervisor to ask you for help. If you’re home, you’re just another person in a Zoom box during meetings.
Once in the office, you will be able to network more easily with other people, since there will be fewer people around. Ask if the leaders of other divisions have any interesting openings. You might be able to do an internal sideways movement.
Leaders will notice you, and you’ll have the halo effect of being a top performer just because you’re in sight. This could lead to promotions, career advancements, raises and bigger bonuses. While you’re in the office, ask your supervisor or a human resources professional if you can brush up on new technologies. Find out if there is a mentoring program to help you improve certain skills. For example, if you lack public speaking and that is holding you back, coaching might help.
If you feel there is a lack of purpose in your career, you can choose to make a change. This change does not require you to seek an entirely new position at another company. Instead of taking a risk by leaving your current company, you can simply make a difference by shaping your work to find meaning and purpose. Job creation is the process of redefining and reimagining the design of your job.
You can redefine your role, better suited to your needs and desires. Focus on the aspects of the job that you excel at and that you love, and discard the tasks that weigh you down. Work with your manager to create new responsibilities. Given that we are in a hot labor market, with four million workers leaving regularly, managers will do what it takes to retain a high-level employee.
There are other ways to achieve inner fulfillment. For example, if you’re an accountant, you might suggest starting a unit that caters to charities. A lawyer can ask to do pro bono work to help disadvantaged people. A stockbroker might offer discount advice to parents of college students. You could start a charity. Suggest adding an eco-friendly line to the company’s products. Offer to mentor junior employees.
Give up responsibilities that don’t match your skills and sap your enthusiasm. Ask for additional responsibilities that offer intellectual challenges. If you’re at a desk all day and want to interact with others, ask if you can swap some responsibilities with a more introverted colleague.
You might be overloaded with small tasks that take you away from the most important topics that you love. Ask a temp, gig worker, or junior employee who enjoys a new challenge to take over some of your assignments that you don’t like.
Crop How do you see your role
Reframe how you view your work. Don’t dwell on mundane daily tasks. Think about how you are part of the bigger picture. Studies show that workers, such as hospital janitors, who take pride in their work because they see themselves as part of the overall process, derive internal satisfaction from it.
If you want to move on, watch and play the part. When on a video call with the rest of the office, dress better than your peers. You will stand out and get noticed. Improve your vocabulary. Network with people within the company to see if there is anything interesting happening that you could be a part of. Reach out to people in similar companies in roles a bit above yours and invite the person in for a chat. Find out if they do things differently there. Take those lessons and bring them into your business. You will look like a rockstar.
Build your Brand
Make your brand shine online. LinkedIn is a great place to write articles, reply to posts, make short videos in an effort to get noticed and portray yourself as a leader in your space. If you do it regularly, you’ll be “that guy or that woman” in a good way. You will be seen as a smart and knowledgeable person who always shares free useful and informative tips and advice.
You can also search for speaking engagements, even if they are unpaid to get more attention. Start a podcast or ask to participate in other podcasts relevant to your space. Join industry and job-related networking groups to learn new ideas and business concepts that can be applied to your business. These are great free ways to get the attention of company executives.
The “stay interview”
Request a stay interview with Human Resources. The retention interview is similar to an “exit interview” conducted by HR when a person submits their resignation and wishes to know the reasons why they decided to resign. The difference is that the stay discussion is proactive and focused on finding ways to improve the employee’s experience within the organization.
“With labor market conditions as they are, it really is a talent buyer’s market. Employers, especially in certain industries, are seeing people leave at a faster rate. I think stay interviews can be quite effective. … It promotes and fosters trust and open communication,” said Scott Bonneau, vice president of global talent attraction at Indeed.com.
You must be bold. Ask your supervisor for a promotion. Come to the conversation armed with all the great work you’ve done. Bring letters of support from colleagues and company managers who applaud your productivity. If you don’t get the promotion, that’s okay, it’s a temporary setback and you can always apply again.
If your manager has a heavy workload, offer to offload it by telling him that you will be supervising some of the younger staff. After a while, they’ll see the value you offer and begin to consider that you should officially manage a small team. From there, you continue to grow.
Taking these and related actions will elevate your brand, reignite your passion, make you feel better at work, stand out and get you noticed. They know it can take three to six months to find a replacement, if they can find one in this tight labor market.
Your manager and senior executives will bend over backwards to keep you and offer you internal opportunities, promotions, and higher pay because they recognize you’re a loyal rockstar they desperately don’t want to lose.