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Does your make you ill? Take the test
1. When a problem arises at work, do you?
a. Try to figure out what you did wrong this time
b. Decide that the problem was yet another reason why the job is no good
c. Examine the event over and over to see whose fault it is so they can be named and shamed
d. Move on and forget about it. Problems are a part of life.
2. With regards to annual holidays and days off last year, you can say...
a. I made sure I took all the days that were owed to me, but as soon as I came back to work I felt I
needed another holiday
b. I'm needed at the office, so I didn't manage to take all my holidays which were owed to me
c. I took my holidays, but was ready to get back to the office and get stuck in as soon as I returned
d. I had my time off. It was great to be away, and I'm already looking forward to my next break.
3. What I would like to change about my job
a. My work place
b. Implement new ways of doing the old things
c. Have an assistant to do all the stuff I hate about the job
d. Working hours.
4. When the alarm goes in the morning I...
a. Feel depressed and tired
b. Think about my unfinished work at the office and think how on earth I could finish all that today
c. Wonder how much extra work the boss will hand me today and how I could keep out of his/her
sight for the working day
d. Hope the supervisor isn't there today so I can make the phone calls I've had to put off making to
5. You remember with pride...
a. The head-office boss knew who you were
b. The time your colleagues congratulated you on your promotion
c. The class you were forced to attend, which turned out to be fascinating and showed you in your best
d. Staff Christmas parties.
6. Your relationship with your boss
a. I only hear from them if I do something they don't like
b. I never hear from them. I'm not even sure I know who they are.
c. We're in regular contact, both in person and by email
b. Whenever it suits them.
7. The best thing about my job is...
a. I can't think of it off-hand
b. When I clock off
c. It enables me to do different things and meet new people
d. Being able to choose what I do, when.
At the end of the test, add up the As, Bs, Cs, and Ds you've scored and write them down. Below are your results. I'm sure you don't need anyone to explain the way you feel about your job. However, seeing the answers written down may spur you to action to do something about it. Not everyone can love their job, but since we spend so much of our time working, it's healthy to make an effort to at least get some enjoyment out of it.
Does your job make you ill? Take the test - results
You seem to have had enough of your job. You don't like your environment nor your boss. Maybe the people around you make you feel intimated by gossiping about you, or by not connecting with you at all. Work is making you sick and the work place is akin to a jail sentence. The actual value of the work you do has gotten lost at the bottom of all the other stuff surrounding 'the job'. You spend your days hiding in the make-belief, 'perfect' world of Facebook. You have totally lost your confidence. You need to dig a little to find the love again.
Do this to help yourself: If you stay quiet you may run yourself into a breakdown. Open up and say what you want. Perhaps the reason you've never had it is because you've never asked for it. Be respectful and do your research, then ask for a personal meeting with your boss and tell them how much you do for the company. Point out the things you've been instrumental in helping the company achieve. It's also important to learn how to say no if you're over-stressed.
Suggest taking on new roles and giving up old ones. A friend of mine got to a point in his career where he didn't want to go any higher, he just needed some time off and some space to do other things in his life. He loved filming and wanted to work in TV so he approached his bosses and told them this. To his surprise, they agreed that he could take a total of 8 weeks off (excluding holidays) each year to do this. He wasn't sure they would've agreed, but he asked and he got! Do you feel you can work from home 2 days a week? Do your research, present your case with evidence, and ask for it. You may have to suggest doing this without pay for a couple of days to prove it can be done, but the ends justifies the means in this case.
Mostly Bs and Cs
You feel that while you have loads to give, this job is not allowing your true potential to shine. You feel as if you've been trapped with no where else to go. You thought there were big things to come, but they did not materialise. Your job may be a well-paid, or a good one to have, so you don't feel inclined to just leave it. Yet, each day you pine because you have to do a job which is losing its attraction. It has grown a huge, fat bottom which blocks your view from any joy that used to be in sight. You know you can get a lot more out of the job, but for some reason, the fulfilment always seem out of reach - just.
Do this to help yourself: Apply for some similar jobs just to see what's out there. Compare them to what you already have, so you can see the value of the thing at hand. Go to some interviews if this will give you a new perspective and add some spark to the relationship with your job. This would certainly give you a good idea of what's out there and how well you fit in with what's going on in the rest of your industry.
You're obviously bored stiff with your job. Nothing gives you that spark any more because you've got to a point where you've learned all you will learn. You need to move on - not out - but on.
Use the information you gathered from your research about other jobs in your field to present a proposition to your boss. Find what you still enjoy and ask to change your job description so you can concentrate on this. Read the Mostly As section - second paragraph to see what a friend of mine did when he felt it was time to do something different (but keep his current job). Changing jobs may be an option, but it's not a necessity in your case. You'll soon get bored with your new job - then what? You need to change things to suit your needs. If this is impossible, then maybe you have no option but to change. However, think carefully about why you're doing so. Taking a pay-cut and doing less in your current job can fill your life with new-found joy. That would leave you time to earn a little extra in something you really love, while keeping the security of your current job. The Internet has opened so many avenues of earning. My colleague's wife has just started up her own shoe's business - all from Facebook!
You only work because it pays the bills. Your mind is elsewhere. Sometimes it pays (not always - financially) to take the body where the mind is.
Do: you may have to down-scale, sell the car, cut out the foreign holidays, and buy fewer shoes, but if your happiness is suffering, why not? A couple of years cycling around Asia with just a back-pack and a few bobs in your pocket can make you more fulfilled than a ship load of cash. If this is what you want, don't get bogged down with what other people think you should have.
Of course, if you have a family to feed, this is not a possibility. However, shifting your perspective slightly may be all the change you need. Flexible hours will enable you to work hard at something you really want to do. It may not earn you money straight away, but you can't know how successful it could be unless you gave it a good try. It will take long hours and hard work, but your happiness is worth the sacrifice.
Keep as much work in the work place as you can. Don't bring it home with you. You can't finish everything all the time, so don't panic about leaving things undone. Learn to delegate when it's possible to do so, and if spending time with the kids makes you happy after work, why do you spend all their waking hours working?
Get back into the sports you once enjoyed and make regular lunch dates to meet with friends you haven't seen in a while. If you'd rather be somewhere else, show your employers you can work unsupervised from home a few days a week. Give them reason to believe in you even if you have to offer to do work for free to earn that right!
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