It happens to even the best, most ambitious employees: burnout. When you're tired of your job, it can seem like the day will never end. Small tasks become drudgery, and even the workplace environment starts to feel like doomsday. But this is normal. Workplace boredom is a symptom of several problems, including routine, lack of challenge, and even lack of a positive social environment.
"Businessweek" offers some tips to avoid workplace burnout, and among them is the notion of differentiating yourself. Don't wait around for a boss to promote you or give you a new challenge, though. Seek it out yourself. Make new contacts in other departments and start exploring other areas of your company. If you're a professor, for example, explore what goes into building the curriculum you teach, or go to lunch with an administrator to better understand the university. If you work in quality control, rub elbows with some designers or engineers and find out what they do all day. Keep learning; It's the best way to stay fresh and interested daily.
If you're tired of your job, ask yourself this question: What would excite you? Do you want to go to the next level? Travel more? Train people? Whatever it is that you want to do, clarify your goal, and then approach your boss with a clear plan and reasons why you're ready to take on the new challenge. Present your points in an organized fashion and show evidence of your past success. If you can show concrete details, such as sales numbers or successful deals, you'll strengthen your case for a promotion. Again, waiting around for someone to un-bore you won't produce results. You've got to dive in and create new opportunities for yourself.
Raise Your Profile
Become a voice for your industry if you've grown tired of sitting behind your desk managing tasks all day. Start a blog, attend a trade show or publish articles in your field. Show your boss that you're researching your industry and that your role is much larger than the day-to-day jobs that cross your desk. This could lead to new opportunities for travel, webinar training or meetings. Be careful, though, not to make any moves that violate your company policies. If you want to start a blog about industry practices, for example, make sure it's okay with your boss to discuss your company in public forums.
You work for your company, but they don't own you. Nothing says you can't branch out and form relationships with other industry professionals at other companies. Head to the web and find meet-ups and mixers in your area for professionals in your field or local area. You may find yourself talking passionately about your job again, something you don't get to do around people at work who already know the drill. You're bound to meet at least one person you click with, and this could re-energize your whole career and bring new career goals to light.
Jan Archer holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a master's degree in creative writing. Roth has written trade books for Books-a-Million and has published articles on green living, wellness and education topics. She taught business writing, literature, creative writing and English composition at the college level for five years.