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4 Ways To Stay Motivated At Any Job

4 Ways To Stay Motivated At Any Job

The rate at which the global career market is shifting and establishing new opportunities is faster than it ever has been. Strangely enough, the majority of people still remain dissatisfied with their jobs.

You may be a mid-level corporate employee who feels your career path has struck a stubborn dead-end. Maybe you’re a single mom and you’re fighting your hardest to provide for your children with two minimum wage jobs. Perhaps you’re a recent college graduate and you have visions of grandeur for your future, but haven’t the faintest clue where to start.

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The good news in all of these situations is that there are always steps you can take to induce growth. Staying motivated at your current job and continuing to reap benefits is not exclusive to those who live their dream jobs. Check out the tips below to squeeze maximum potential out of your present job.

1. Establish meaningful connections

To some it may be a no-brainer, but getting to know the people you work with on more meaningful levels is an ideal way to remain motivated. Handling an entire workday with people you despise or simply don’t know very well can make it feel like forever. Take a few minutes, two or three times during the day, to ask your coworkers some genuine questions. You’ll likely be surprised by the amount of information you come across. Who knows – perhaps you’ll make a lasting connection through simple, straightforward conversation!

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What’s more, establishing meaningful connections throughout your place of work is likely to open doors faster, if that’s something you’re hopeful for. Someone wise once said, “There’s always one more spot for a person in any career who delivers quality exceptionally well.” Don’t mentally impede yourself from progress before you’ve even given it a chance!

2. Clearly outline a handful of goals

Across the incredibly wide spectrum of available jobs, any workplace can feel more like a prison without relevant, significant goals. Setting clear goals for yourself in your job is guaranteed to make your work feel more meaningful. First, think of the position you want to move into or excel at. You can’t move forward until you’ve established at least a handful of pertinent checkpoints.

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Second, outline your goal on paper and keep it easily accessible. The number one reason people fail to reach their goals is because they are not physically written down and periodically reviewed. Break this nasty cycle by reviewing your written goals frequently!

3. Pour out your full effort

This may seem like another “Duh!” moment, but it is far and away worth mentioning. You are only hampering your own growth if you aren’t pouring out your full effort every day. Success knocks on the door of those who are committed to excellence (even in the small things), not those who are looking for a shortcut at every turn.

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In addition to this, you may subsequently impress your supervisor or boss when you start kicking butt on the clock. If you were previously someone who lagged behind and now there’s a spring in your step, people will take notice. Everyone likes someone who works hard, and this virtue alone is likely to work in your favor.

4. Ask questions

Fostering a genuine curiosity about your workplace and taking moments to ask questions is one of the magic doors you can open of your own accord. The reason questions are so powerful is because they provide a way to discover new information. And new information – of any kind – can be used for your benefit. “Knowledge is power” has rung true for decades, but it has never been truer than in the Information Age. Harnessing the discoveries that arise from your questions can establish the difference between the mediocre execution of a job and authentic fulfillment.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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