Tips from the trenches to keep your copier career on track
In a 2015 survey, Gallup found that Americans’ overall satisfaction with their jobs has increased since 2005. While improvements in health benefits, vacation time, and job security are encouraging, the fact is that only a third of respondents said they were completely satisfied with their jobs overall. For the unhappy two-thirds, Jason Demers, CEO of AudienceBloom, lays out some tips for dealing with dissatisfaction in the workplace:
- Know your reasons. The first step in addressing a problem is to understand it fully. Take some time to pinpoint what is most dissatisfying about your situation and what might be the cause. Commonly, problems involve inadequate compensation or benefits but, as we discussed in May, most people also need to feel invested and confident in the mission and future of the company. Be sure to consider your relationships with coworkers and bosses, flexibility in your schedule, and your daily commute.
- Take the long view. Once you have your list of problems, try to identify which ones are related to temporary factors like stressful projects, transitions to new systems, or just a really bad week. If you can see a definite end-point to the majority of these issues, you might consider adopting some new stress-relief techniques and powering through. If, however, there is a reoccurring pattern to these short-term issues or the problems seem to be systemic to your position, it’s time to take action.
- Make positive changes. From your list, identify the problems that are within your control and brainstorm potential solutions. For external problems and especially in cases with interpersonal conflict, consider having frank, open discussions with your supervisor or HR representative. Keep the root of the problem in mind – if you are feeling stressed, unfulfilled, bored, or trapped in your position then your dissatisfaction likely can’t be solved simply with money.
- Be realistic. Are you setting yourself up for disappointment by comparing your employment situation to the ideal? Consider the issues you have with your current job and decide if similar problems would likely come up in a comparable position. As Demers asks, is your current workplace unhappiness “going to follow you in any job, or is it specifically tied to unchangeable circumstances in this one?”
- Find a new job. If the trouble seems to be specific to your position, department, or company and your attempted fixes are not working then it may be time to move on. While leaving your job may be the best solution, it’s important to fight your flight instinct until you secure a better position. Take the time to search for a position that better meets your financial, emotional, and professional needs.