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Reset and Reboot: 5 Ways to Refresh Your Work Life

Reset and Reboot: 5 Ways to Refresh Your Work Life

Many online articles suggest changing careers if you’re not happy professionally. Sometimes, changing careers really is the answer to happiness. But what should you do if you love your career and you are just feeling a little bored or stuck in the day-to-day shuffle? A simple reset and reboot might be all you need. Here are a few tips to hack your way into a work life refresh.

Take Advantage of Networking Opportunities

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: networking is key! In this case, networking can actually help you begin feeling more passionate about your job. Connecting with people who are passionate about the same things as you is a sure-fire way to build motivation. Sometimes all it takes is being surrounded by those who love the field you work in, to remind you of the things that drew you to it in the first place. Take advantage of local networking events and conferences. Connect with people via social media, or invite coworkers for drinks after work–yep, that counts. Your opportunities to network really are endless.

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Update Your Social Media Presence

Social media, especially LinkedIn, has become one of the easiest and most common ways to network. LinkedIn allows you to connect with people in your field, locally or farther away, all while sitting in front of your computer. View people’s profiles and connect with those who are passionate about your field of work. Explore their profiles to see how the field is changing. Go a step further by updating your own social media profiles with new professional accomplishments, graphs that show progress, and other statistics about your work history. Reminding yourself that you are good at what you do will only make you feel more passionate about it.

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Consider Your Best Skills

When you remind yourself of your best skills, you can begin to hone in on the specific aspects of your job that you find the most rewarding. It could be that you originally accepted the job because it allowed you to use these skills you valued. But now your tasks may have shifted from using them. Take a look at your responsibilities and determine whether or not they align with the things you like to do. Maybe you can discover a whole new interesting area in your field that could be a good fit for you.

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Take On New Responsibilities

After considering your best skills, find an opportunity to inquire about new daily or weekly tasks. Ask your manager if you can refocus some of your energy on a few new things to help make the company better. Plus, companies love to hire internally, so if you start showing interest in a new area, chances are, when a job becomes available, you’ll be at the top of the hiring manager’s list. Another way to take on refresh yourself with new and interesting tasks is to do so outside of the office. Help out a friend who is working on a startup, or work on side projects.

Switch Up Your Daily Routine

If taking on new tasks is not an option, simply try switching up your daily routine to remove the monotony from your work life. Figure out which parts of your day allow you some freedom, and try rearranging the order in which you complete those tasks. Even if the only change you can make is moving your lunch break back an hour and starting your afternoon tasks a bit earlier in the day, it will restructure the way your whole day feels. Simply reorganizing can make things a lot more interesting!

If you love your career, but are feeling a little bit drained, bored or stuck, the solution to your problem could be easier than you think. Making a few minor changes to your schedule and adding new networking opportunities can make a world of difference when it comes to rediscovering your passion. If after a few months in your new routine, you still feel unmotivated and struggle to get through your work day, it is probably time to look for a new job.

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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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