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Are you disengaged at work?

Are you disengaged at work?

By Donna Dunning

In today’s economy, you may be happy to have any job and think it best to quietly go ahead and do your work. However this complacency could, over time, become problematic.

Unpleasant consequences may occur when you stay in an unsatisfying job.

Gradual Deterioration of Morale

It can be hard to keep your enthusiasm and energy levels up when doing work that doesn’t entice or interest you. When this happens, you may gradually complete less work and the work you do could be of lower quality.

Your interactions with others may become more negative. Others might see you as cynical, uninterested, or unpleasant to be around.

Increased Stress Levels

Doing tasks you don’t prefer can tire you out and add considerable stress to your day. This stress can transfer into your personal life as well as your work life.

There is considerable evidence that being under stress detracts from both physical and mental well-being.

Loss of Competitive Advantage

When you lack interest and are disengaged from your work you may not take the time to learn new techniques, processes, and information. Not being up-to-date can result in poorer performance assessments and, as a worst-case scenario, dismissal.

In addition to not performing well in your current work, a lack of interest in learning on the job will minimize your potential for advancement.

What to do?

If you are disengaged at work, you have three options.

First, you can stay on the job, stay disengaged, and hope you make it to retirement; this option is not likely the best for your general health or career success. If you are close to retirement and are financially independent, this option may work for you.

Secondly, you can assess if the money and benefits of the job make staying with it worthwhile. If this is the case, commit to staying. Challenge yourself to make the work more interesting. Ensure your performance stays top notch by assessing your behavior and making corrections when you find yourself disengaging.

Consciously use stress reduction strategies to manage your stress levels. Make sure there is something else in your life that meets your personal needs and find outlets and interests that make your life worthwhile.

The third option is to assess what career success looks like for you. Figure out what, for you, would make work interesting and motivating. Then find new work that better suits who you are. This is the most risky choice, but may have the most positive results in the long-term.

If you are looking for a guide to help you assess what works for you, consider reading my book, What’s Your Type of Career?

For information on how to excel at your career, consider reading my book, 10 Career Essentials.

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