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Feeling Down at Work? Take Action Now

Have you begun to feel down at work lately? Is it affecting the quality of your work? Follow these suggestions to improve your current work situation.

Here’s a test. When you get to work, are you excited about what lies ahead? Or are you already counting the hours before you can leave? And by the end of the day, are you satisfied with what you’ve done? Or do you no longer care? If you’re counting the hours instead of caring about your work, you need to make some changes. Otherwise the quality of your work—and your career—will probably suffer. It’s time to take action.

Take practical steps to improve your current work situation

  • Think about what you expect in your current position. Identify which expectations are realistic and which are unrealistic. Focus on your realistic expectations to achieve positive results.
  • Change the way you spend your break times at work. Look at what you do on your break, who you spend time with or whether you need to spend time alone or with others. Altering what you do on your own time could make you feel better about your work.
  • Review your life outside of work. If you aren’t happy away from your job, that feeling can come to work with you. Think about changes to your lifestyle. Try volunteering or a new family or leisure activity to help you feel better about work.
  • Change up your work routine. While some things may have to be done in a certain way, you may think of ways you can change your routine so that you feel more productive and in control. These ideas could even benefit your employer.
  • Break down large changes into stages. When you make changes one step at a time, the change doesn’t seem so risky. Learn about setting SMART goals when you make changes.
  • Seek and destroy the habits that make you feel down about work. Choose not to complain, gossip, criticize or take part in office politics. These workplace traps will pull you down.
  • Become a mentor. Use your skills and experience to mentor other employees. Helping someone learn and grow can be challenging and rewarding.

Change can take time and effort

Be patient. You may not receive instant recognition once you decide to make a change. If you find yourself returning to your old behaviours and patterns, it’s important not to get discouraged or give up. Change takes time. Think back to the reasons you wanted to change in the first place. Find new
motivation and start again.

  • Focus on positive attitudes and strategies. They can change how people at work see you. Attract positive attention by being friendly, reliable and a team player. Try these practical strategies to stand out at work.
  • Be sensitive to the needs of co-workers and family members. Your changes may also affect them. You may want to explain what you’re doing and listen to their concerns.
  • Be open to learning new things that can help your work situation. Think about taking courses on work time, studying on your own time or asking friends or co-workers for tips. This new knowledge can offer you opportunities that did not exist before. Find out about learning to enhance your career.

You can improve your work situation

If you’re feeling down at work, don’t ignore the feeling. The need for change can motivate you to move in a positive direction. Pay attention to your feelings and try to make changes that are within your control.

Be patient if you can’t identify what you need to change right away. Good ideas can take time. But once you get started, you may be pleasantly surprised at how far change can take you.

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