Genuine disasters aside there are few things worse than being unhappy with work. You are miserable, your colleagues suffer - and when things get really difficult - friends and family join the misery too. Dealing with work and career related problems is nothing new but now more than ever, you can do something about it.
In the past, when people were unhappy with work, they mostly did one of 2 things: Complain or Look for another job. In fact, career management for the working majority meant little more than these two actions. As you can see from this picture, it all got too much to take for this little employee and she jumped out the office window, never to return.
Thankfully, we are not all hamsters in our wheels and we have more options. One of the best times to explore our options - and look more closely at career management - is when things aren’t going too well. In other words, if you are unhappy with work, ask yourself why: Is something permanently broken? Is your boss totally unreasonable/negligent or might you feel differently next week? When did you last feel like this? What action did you take at that time? Did it help in the longer-term? Is the thing you most want to change personal, professional or the environment you are in?: and so on.
Being unhappy with work is also one of the best times to actively study your career. With the help of your values, talents and goals you can remind yourself what is important to you, where your strengths lie and what keeps you going. These are three simple questions to help anyone build or rebuild their notion of personal success. To define what success looks like for our individual careers*.
So if you are feeling a little low about work or your career, explore your 3rd option and ask yourself why. In the worst possible case, if you do end up complaining or looking for a new job, you will have more to back up your story either way!
*To see more about personal success and values, talents and goals try these links or leave a comment/send me an email with your questions.