Midday Fix: Love it or leave it — career advice from LaSalle Network

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John Reid

LaSalle Network
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Tips to falling back in love with your job:

Speak up
Voice your opinion in meetings, bring ideas to improve the company to your boss, and be willing to disagree with a colleague about something. Speaking up can help you feel more invested and connected to your role.

Talk to your manager
Be open with your manager about how you’re feeling. They may have suggestions for what you can change about your daily routine to make it more interesting again. They may even have a project you can take over that can provide a new challenge to your day.

Take a step back
Re-examine your goals professionally to see how your job is helping you reach them. Don’t focus on the details of your day-to-day, but rather the big goals and the way your role fits in with the company as a whole.

Hang around happy people
Grab drinks or lunch with your coworkers who are passionate about their jobs. Their energy and excitement may rub off on you and help you see your job in a new light.

Value your weeknights
Instead of coming home and camping out in front of the TV while you dwell on the day, do something you truly enjoy. Go to a concert, see a comedy show, or get dinner with friends you haven’t seen in a while.

Complete a task audit
Think about your day and the responsibilities of your job and examine which ones you enjoy, which ones you think you’re the best at, and which tasks are the hardest for you. Then, work with your manager to try and create more opportunities to do the things you enjoy.

Tips for breaking up with your job:

Don’t leave your employer stranded
Give at least two weeks-notice before leaving a position. Offer to help train a replacement if necessary.

Avoid airing your dirty laundry
Don’t talk badly about the employer or manager in your last few weeks. You don’t want to start any gossip or rumors in the office and, future hiring managers will only view you as you whining if you bring it up in an interview.

Mum’s the word
Once you’ve secured a new job, the first person you should tell is your manager. Don’t tell coworkers that you’re quitting before having that conversation with your supervisor. You don’t want them finding out from someone else, or having rumors going around.

End on a high note
You need to be just as productive, if not more productive in your last two weeks than you were before. Your attitude and work ethic will be scrutinized and if it wanes, your employer has no reason to keep you on.

Honesty is the best policy
During your exit interview, give any advice or feedback that may help improve the role or the company. However, this shouldn’t be a “complaint” session, be constructive and honest.