Don’t Like Your Job? Change It (Without Quitting) – Amy Gallo – Best Practices – Harvard Business Review

Don’t Like Your Job? Change It (Without Quitting) – Amy Gallo – Best Practices – Harvard Business Review.

A good article that gives alternatives to quitting a job that you feel isn’t working well for you.

Look at yourself

Bottom line here, do you tend, as a person to be dissatisfied? If yes, perhaps it isn’t the job that is the problem after all.

Find meaning

In this case, the suggestion is to look at your job through another lens.

“For example, if your position involves menial tasks, try to remember they are stepping stones to a longer term goal and you won’t be doing them forever. Or, if you are in a field that is emotionally taxing, like nursing or social work, remind yourself that while you are tired at the end of the day, you are helping others.”

I agree wholeheartedly with the “stepping stone” analogy though would say that that the exercise may be a bit more abstract than linear.  Getting good work done to support the cause buys respect and good faith and may land you a good recommendation down the road.

Alter what you do

You may be able to shift responsibilities or alter the way that your task are set up through the day to shift your enjoyment of your job.

My two cents here is to encourage people to do things that aren’t strictly within their job tasks.  This may include attending a lunch and learn session outside their discipline or better yet, helping to do tasks that are outside your job duties.  Though this may require permission to to accomplish, you are effectively setting yourself up to expand your job network, and may get a chance to strengthen or broaden your skills in the process.

Change who you interact with

“Focus on forging relationships that give you energy, rather than sapping it. Seek out people who can help you do your job better.”

Resist complaining

“If you are unhappy, it’s better to focus on what you can change not grumble about what you can’t.”

Keep options open

This includes continually meeting people in the field in which you want to work, keeping your CV and Linkedin profile up to date.

My two cents here, I am often surprised at the reticence of people to have information coffees or lunches with people who work in areas of interest.  Though everyone is busy and it can be intimidating to meet someone a level or two up to feel out job fit, it is certainly better than sending a CV cold.



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