I have been frustrated at work lately. By lately, I mean the last 6-8 months. The trouble I am having in my current role is that I feel I have reached a plateau, and instead of progressing professionally, I feel like I have stagnated. This is a dangerous place for me to be because I have a tendency to become complacent and bored when I am not challenged.
Before anyone says anything, yes, I have approached my team leader, performance rater, and his boss – the man who ultimately holds the responsibility for promoting me or giving me a raise. I have clearly stated my case about my current role. The response I received from each of them was pretty much the company line – “hang in there, and we’ll see what we can do.”
Unfortunately, I know there isn’t a position available for me to assume (or create) in our current line of work. And unless things change it will stay this way for at least 9 months, which is when our current contract expires. After that, I am not sure what will happen.
There is some good news though – I should be receiving a promotion in a month or two. The bad news is that it will essentially be a paper promotion – one that results in a change of title and salary, but not much in terms of role or responsibility. At least not in my eyes. In my opinion, a lack of opportunity is one of the top 10 signs it is time to change jobs.
When I look at my job situation I realize I am satisfied with my salary, coworkers, hours, commute, and benefits… But I just don’t feel challenged and I don’t have a lot of job satisfaction. I recently had another meeting with my boss and he said he would look at current opportunities within our company. I would be amenable to a change in roles; I do not feel the need to leave my current company to feel satisfied. I just need a new challenge.
In the mean time, I have begun using my network to put out job feelers. This can be a tricky situation though, because I work in a tightly knit professional community. I don’t want to go sneaking around and deceiving anyone, but I don’t want my current company to know I am exploring other opportunities either.
Even though I am dissatisfied with my current job, I plan on thoroughly assessing any job offers I receive before deciding to jump ship. I want to make sure I am going into a new role because the role is the right one for me – not because I am currently unhappy.
This is very new territory for me and if anyone has any tips or ideas about how I can reinvigorate myself in my current role, I am open to suggestions.
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