According to a Gallup report, 33 percent of Americans are engaged at work. That means 67 percent are not. That’s a big, sad number.
If you are in the 67 percent camp, read on to see if you can relate, and check out a few ways to help the situation.
- You’re stuck in a dead-end job. And it’s going nowhere fast. Here, you’ve got options. Network with people in your field, attend conferences, be on top of available positions, take a class to bolster your resume, get that certification. Make yourself more marketable and doors will open.
- Company culture is no good. If working 55 hours a week is the norm and you feel unappreciated and constantly stressed, it’s time for a culture change. This one is tricky. If leadership sees nothing wrong with what’s going on there’s not much you can do about it. Keep your eyes open for a job with a company that better fits your values and expectations and then go for it.
- The pay stinks. Knowing you’re being underpaid is a tough row to hoe. It causes resentment and dwindles motivation. What to do? Ask for a raise. But be prepared. Research to see what others in area in your position are earning. Tally your accomplishments along with your salary findings, schedule a meeting with the boss and prove that you’re worth more.
- A big bummer of a boss. Not clicking with the person you report to makes for a long and tense workday. And chances are you can’t just up and quit. So, try these tactics. Have a chat – respectfully airing out your grievances may put you two on the same page and set the stage for change. Or, talking with other direct reports may give you insight on how to better manage the relationship.
- It’s just a job. If there’s no meaning behind what you’re doing, there’s probably little motivation to do it. Take a look inside. What makes you happy? What gives your life meaning? What jobs incorporate these two things? A great place to start is with the book What Color is Your Parachute? An oldie but a goodie.