Getting Bored with Your Job? Rethink It
By Sandy Schroeder
When people leave a job, lack of challenge is one of the reasons that emerges. If you are reaching the point in which you know every aspect of your job, you might want to rethink it before you opt out. If you like the company, your boss, and the co-workers, it might be worth the effort to see if you could reinvent your job.
Start with the basics - What’s good, what needs to go, and what could be changed? If you were writing the job description what would you add or subtract?
Think big - Consider assets that you have that are not being used and come up with ways they could become part of your job. You may have studied communication, or spent some time in related fields that could be expanded upon in your job.
Look at other jobs - Look around your company and see if there is a job model that could be used to make your job more interesting. Reviewing the tasks may lead to a more challenging approach for you.
List the downside - Make a list of the things that could be easily eliminated from your job.
List the upside - Make a list of things that would make your job a lot more interesting. Travel, more customer contact, or more freedom within the job might make it more challenging for you.
Look outside - Scout around to find jobs like yours in other companies. Then see what their job descriptions look like. They may include a lot of related duties that your job does not.
Consider different work options - Your job might have more appeal if you could call more of the shots, work from home, or interact with more people to get better feedback.
Take some vacation time - Sometimes a job looks better when you return. Just being away can change your view.
Consider expansions - If there is one part of your job that you really love, there might be a way to go in-depth and develop that part of the job.
Shop around in your company - There may be another job within easy reach that would catch your interest. You could apply what you already know about the company to a new position.
Talk with your boss - Tell your boss what your thoughts are about your job. Together, the two of you may discuss some of the things that you have discovered, and find a way to make your job better for you and more valuable for the company.
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