Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Three things to shake office dread

8 a.m. Frustration.
Commitment sieved through pursed lips.
5 p.m. Despair.

When the day begins with dread is it time to look for a new job?

When the boss is the one who doesn't 'get it' is it time to look for a new job?

When the career would be perfect except for the pay, the co-workers, the meager or missing benefits is time to look for a new job?

Yes. Yes. And Yes.

It is always a good idea to know what else is out there. It doesn't hurt to keep your interview skills sharp. It is a killer plan to continue to seek new connections.

Then again, it might be prudent to try and salvage present circumstances.

1. What is sitting on your desk right now that is unfinished, that someone else is waiting on, that is annoyingly urgent to the other department and absolutely not important in the big scheme of things to you?

Dust a little of the dread off and get that thing off your desk. Whatever it takes. Make a commitment to yourself that by the end of the week it will be gone.

2. What has been rumbling through the halls that you love to gossip about, that makes you feel better for the 60 seconds you take to gripe about it and then gives you that ever slight tinge of guilt because what you said wasn't really all that nice?

Next time it comes up. Walk away.

3. What have you sensed coming that you detest, it gives you stress thinking about it, you and your co-workers are certain it will tow the company straight to the poor house and you've been digging your heels in ever since it was first mentioned?

Get on board now.

Q: How do you know when it's time to move on?

A: When you can't do numbers one through three. When you believe the problem is everywhere else. When your mind is closed to new ideas, concepts, and you have names behind the scenes for all of them.

If your job is not revving you up. Pretend until it does.

It could be all about them.

It could be.