This is not the original blog that I was going to write today, but recently I have had a lot of anxiety related to work. My workplace restructuring consultation started this week and most of the people I work with including myself, know that change is needed. This is not necessarily a bad thing as this can create opportunities, but that does not deter workplace apprehension so I am putting my thoughts in this blog.
When I left for my maternity leave, there were some changes taking place and although I enjoyed my year out, I knew on the day I left what would lay ahead when I returned.
The day I stepped back into my office after 14 months away, it was as if my whole team had been accelerated and I was unsure of what space to occupy. This affected my confidence and self-esteem, and to be honest still impacts me today. I have been in my current role since 2011 and have always loved this job, it’s a role where I am of service but also know that I am making a difference for many people in various way. It always been fun and my managers have always provided me with the opportunity to be creative in my delivery. What more could I ask for?……
When I returned to work after Ru, things were more static and the transition smoother. This time I just felt like I missed the memo after Ri and things were dramatically different. I am not sure if it was because I now had two children or was less passionate about the role.
Up until this point I had always been passionate about my job and taken so much pleasure in the support I provided, now, I felt indifferent and the spark that I had was eroded. A no BS motivational speaker I follow on YouTube; Gary Vee always states “If you wouldn’t do it for free, don’t do it!” Which got me thinking……
I have a number of friends who quit their jobs, after a number of years in a profession as they had no passion and knew they were worth more. They no longer wanted to devote their days to this cause but want to reinvigorate themselves.
I think its so important to love what you do and be able to take joy from it. www.revisesociology.com states on average we spend 35% of our total waking hours over a 50-year period at work. That’s over 90,000 hours! But 80% of people are in a job that they are dissatisfied with. How can we all get into that 20% and have pleasure from work, as this is something I really miss.
I am still working on this but think I have a few ideas:
- Get a coach – whether it be a friend, family member or a professional. A good coach will create a space for you to reflect and devise the answers yourself. As I have mentioned in a previous blog, I have been lucky to be able to access the services of yellow life coaching. I am a work in progress but after a session, I always feel energised and ready to face any challenge as I wear my solution-focused head.
- Remember whatever you do it is just a job not your family – but as I said before you will spend a lot of time there. You want to do a role that mirrors your values. You also want to achieve that role by lifting people up and not bringing down others, as I feel this can result in negativity karma.
- Smile – I make it point that no matter how I feel I always smile and greet everyone in my office with warmth. It makes everyone feel better, doesn’t it?
- Research roles that you would love to have if there were no boundaries and then establish how you can gain the skills. If necessary, do a course to support this.
- An important one for me has been do daily affirmations. When I have felt inadequate or incapable at work (following my adventure this has been more often than not) I always turn to positive affirmations to remind me that I am amazing and grateful!
So, what do you think? Have you got any ideas of ways that I can love what I do? What have you done to ensure that you love your job?
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