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Job Enrichment Strategies

Has your job lost its challenge? Does your work seem routine and boring? Are you thinking about looking for a different job?

Before you start planning a major move, check out the suggestions in this article. A few creative changes—some small, some more substantial—may be just what you need to enrich your job and renew your enthusiasm for work.

Perk up your work

  1. Change your routine, e.g. try a new approach to a regular task.
  2. Do the least interesting tasks first. Looking forward to your favourite tasks will motivate you to finish the boring ones.
  3. Compete with yourself. See if you can improve your last day's performance by doing things better or faster.
  4. Personalize your surroundings. Put up posters, pictures, wall hangings or plants. Rearrange the furniture or switch work areas with a co-worker.
  5. Make your lunch break a real break. Meet a friend, get some exercise, play cards or other games with your co-workers, catch up on your reading or personal something you enjoy.
  6. Help to organize staff functions and activities (fund-raisers, sport events, staff parties, etc.)
  7. Use your positive attitude to give others a boost. See how many people you can encourage to smile.
  8. Celebrate your successes. Even if your supervisor and co-workers don’t notice, you know when you’ve done something well.

Make your work meaningful

Work that reflects your values can often help you recharge and recommit to your job. The suggestions in this section may require time and resources, so it’s a good idea to talk with your supervisor before trying them.

  1. Look for ways to do more of what you enjoy. For example, if your organization needs an orientation manual and you enjoy writing, why not volunteer to write it?
  2. Take on a project that will require you to grow in some way, e.g. learn a new skill or work in a different part of the organization.
  3. Build a relationship with a mentor or become a mentor yourself.
  4. Keep learning on the job. Work with colleagues who can teach you new things. Sign up for training opportunities.

Benefit your employer

A project that increases profits, or benefits your employer in another way, has the potential to impress your supervisor while it challenges and engages you.

  1. Find out about your employer's goals and priorities.
  2. Brainstorm ways you could help your employer achieve those goals. For each idea you like, find out
    • steps needed to put it into action
    • advantages and disadvantages
    • timelines
    • costs.

  3. Talk to your supervisor about your ideas.
    • Be prepared for any concerns your supervisor might have. For example, if you already have a fairly heavy workload, enlist a co-worker who is willing to share the work involved in the project.
    • Point out the benefits to the organization.
    • Describe how the project will benefit you personally, if your supervisor would see this as a plus. For example, the project might include the opportunity to work with people you don’t currently work with, or to develop more varied and interesting responsibilities.

Job enrichment pays off in many ways. When your work is interesting, you’re energized. This has a positive impact on your attitude and productivity, which increases your value as an employee. If you develop new skills, you may be able to move into other positions in the company. If you take on more complex duties, your employer may be willing to change your job description or your job title. You may even be able to negotiate a raise!

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