It’s that time of year… summer over, and for some of us back to work where we don’t feel appreciated, rewarded or stretched enough. According to a recent report, a third of US workers feel like this, so what can we do about it?
- seek progress elsewhere – making progress in activity that means something is the most powerful motivator. Here’s a favourite researcher on this.
- find problems to solve – in or out of work.
- do something that gives you choice over how you achieve outcomes
- make something. Like a sense of progress, widely ignored as a motivator.
- join something where there are people similar to you: we need our identity endorsed by others, or we get lonely. Biggest cause of blues.
- revisit times when you’ve been resourceful in your memory banks. What can you do to use those strengths again?
- start doing something else extra-curricular – an online enterprise or voluntary work
- map out your hours at work
- and when you have chances at work to put attention elsewhere
- and all the other available hours you have in a week : is there scope to make better use of these?
- start to research for an exit strategy. What is out there that reflects what you love doing and what would mean you would happily forget any work/life balance?
- view yourself as a small enterprise, not a worker. An enterprise has something it offers potential customers, which will need marketing and PR. Market and margin are always vital considerations. You can test market through:
- a clear goal
- who you are aiming for
- creating a sample for them
- asking them for a reaction
In another post, Robert Reich, Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labour, compares the US economy unflatteringly with the German one.
Germany has good education, strong labour unions and manufacturing. Plenty of opportunity for their volk to feel progress, endorsement for who they are and to make things. Something for the US and UK here, possibly.