More of the same? Are you ready for the daily grind?
It’s a new financial year for us here in Australia. The rush towards spending the last drop of our budget is over. It’s now a new work year, with new budgets and potentially new initiatives. So… Are you ready?
Is work for you going to be challenging this new financial year or is it going to be the same again? Are you trying a new angle to crack a tough nut or have you given up and resigned to the fact that nothing’s going to change? Do you jump up every morning eager to dash to work because something great is happening? Or do you drag yourself in, dreading to look at your calendar?
If I’d known better, I’d think that it is almost as if work is cursed! Isn’t it? I know I have answered “yes” to at least one of the latter options above. Well, maybe it is cursed! We work and toil only for it to be unfruitful. We slog to change something or to make a difference in our organisation only to have someone else steal the spotlight. What’s the point?
Well, if this is you at the start of this financial year and you have bought every system there is, tried every initiative possible and engaged all consultants worth consulting. Then perhaps it’s not initiatives and programs being the issue but something else.
The following four steps might help improve your outlook:
Step 1: Get to know who you report to
I don’t mean in a deep personal way, like hanging out after work or on weekends. I mean to understand your boss(es). Study them! Find out if they are an extrovert or an introvert. Find out what they care about. Is it personal career growth? Are they in it for the money? Is he/she struggling in power-play? Are they driven by perfection and control?
Understanding how your boss think, react and act will allow you to genuinely collaborate with them to get your agendas through. Being able to work well with your boss also ensures your sanity and increases your job satisfaction. According to this article, people quit their bosses, not their jobs. If you have sorted this out, go to step 2. Otherwise, jump to step 4.
Step 2: Get to know yourself
Self-awareness is vital and plays a big part in the workplace. Knowing yourself and how your brain ticks is both a humbling experience and an empowering one. It helps you work out how to control yourself when required and how to operate yourself to your truest potential. According to this article, being self-aware will allow you to amplify your performance, commitment and engagement in your job.
This article suggests three things to do:
- Take behavioural assessment tests
- Engage a coach or find a mentor
- Share your awareness so others can understand and benefit
If you have sorted this out, go to step 3. If through this exercise, you realise that your work preference and profile don’t align well with either your role or organisation, then jump to step 4.
Step 3: Get to know who works for you/with you
Again, I do not mean socially after work. Similar to knowing your boss, you need to know your peers and people who report to you. Are you using their skills, talents and personality strengths to your advantage? Do you have a loud mouth evangelist among your team? Are you using him/her to spread your initiative? Do you have a creative mind who reports to you? Are you using him/her to do reports or think about your new strategy? Do you have a person that gives great attention to detail? Is he/she out of her depth in an Agile analysis cycle or should she be writing up a report for you? Get the picture? Similar to step 1, don’t be the reason they leave according to this article.
A good way to sort this one out is to consider Team Management Systems or something similar. And if you have this under control and still find your role hard, then yes, work is indeed cursed! Move on to step 4.
Step 4: Leave
Perhaps this role or organisation is really not for you. This place does not align well with who you are and your intrinsic values. It may be time to start planning your next move. Unless of course, you don’t mind the daily grind and see work as a means to an end. Perhaps you feel it is indeed pointless elsewhere anyway. At least you would have found that out for yourself in step 2.
I hope this helps. All the best in your new financial year and may it be a better one!