Its mid-morning, you’re at your desk.
Time is dragging. You’re thinking about how hard it was to get up this morning, or maybe about how you live for the evening and hate going to bed. Or maybe you’re just counting down the hours and minutes until you can finally leave the office…
You sit there at your desk, watching the clock, going through the motions, and you realise that something just isn’t working anymore.
You’re at home that evening, maybe you’ve had supper with your family, maybe you’ve been out for a drink with some friends, or maybe you relaxed and watched a film.
You sit at your kitchen table, thinking about what you realised earlier – something about your role at work isn’t working any more. Something needs to change – you grab pen and paper and begin to write a list of things that you need to be different.
You finish writing your list and realise that these are all things that could be changed, if you have the right conversations. You quickly fire off an email to your manager asking for a meeting at some point over the next couple of days.
That night you go to bed feeling more excited about your next couple of days at work than you have in months.
The next few days are great, you find it easier to get up and get to work, the days are flying by and your surprised by how quickly the end of the day arrives.
You feel more engaged with your team and the tasks you’re doing.
You’ve got your meeting with your manager today. You’re excited about it and have rewritten your list so it outlines what it is you want, rather than highlighting the things you aren’t happy with.
Ready for your meeting, and eager for change you head to your managers office.
Your manager made some promises, and the right noises about what you wanted, but ultimately you find that nothing has changed.
You find yourself again sitting at your desk, watching the clock, going through the motions, the difference is that now you know that nothing is going to change.
Here are the facts:
You can know absolutely certainty that you’ve done everything you could to make the changes happen.
That evening when you get home, you pull out your list again – these are your deal breakers. This is what you want from your job, so that’s what you’ll look for.
Let the job search begin.