Most of us know what it’s like to fall out of love with a job — the novelty wears off, and the negatives become exceedingly difficult to ignore.
When you first began your career, it was apparent to everyone around you that you held pride in it. When someone asked you the question, “What do you do for a living?” as a conversation starter, you went on and on about your job. Maybe you even looked forward to that question.
But, as time goes on, the stress of the job takes a toll. Eventually, your career no longer feels “special” like it once did. Little things begin to irritate you — you may even sweat the small stuff. The career you once loved is just another job. Does this sound at all familiar?
According to Gallup’s report on the state of the American Workplace:
Currently, 30% of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work, and the ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees is roughly 2-to-1, meaning that the vast majority of U.S. workers (70%) are not reaching their full potential — a problem that has significant implications for the economy and the individual performance of American companies.
Whether it’s because of the nature of the work, the work load, or those we work with, losing interest in our work is a common problem. But fortunately, there are things you can do to fall back in love with your career.
1. Take advantage of perks
Take a look through your company’s handbook and remind yourself of the perks your company has to offer. You may find that your employer offers benefits, such as free dog training, gym memberships, or financial counseling programs. If you remember all that your employer offers, it may give you a newfound appreciation for the people who sign your checks.
When is the last time you took a vacation? Sometimes, a little time away is just the right medicine for a case of burnout. And, this doesn’t mean you should necessarily go on an expensive getaway. Even a stay-cation may do the trick. A 2014 survey by Glassdoor found that 15% of employees don’t use any of their vacation time, which could be part of the reason some of us are disengaged. We all need a break every once in a while.
2. Develop working relationships
How often do you take the time to chat with your coworkers? Are you the type who keeps to yourself unless you have a work-related inquiry to discuss?
If you up your social game at work, this might just renew your passion for your workplace. This is not to say you should go around sharing all of your personal information with the entire office. But, if you participate in water cooler discussions, bring a few more new ideas to the table in meetings, and make new “work friends” in other departments, this may make work just a little less monotonous.
3. Get in motion for a promotion
Sometimes, people lose passion for their work because it’s just too “easy.” They’ve been doing the same job for so long, that they could virtually do it with their eyes closed. In this case, it may be time to start working toward a promotion.
Of course, in order to obtain a promotion, you generally have to deserve one. And, this goal of trying to make yourself the best candidate for an advancement is a great way to renew the fire and passion you once had for your career.