Because of the corona crisis, many of us have more time to think about what we want to do with our work. Are we still satisfied? Five questions to determine whether you can make something fun out of your job or whether it is time for something new.
Do you know what you need?
By looking for answers to these questions, you will know better what you are looking for in the new job. Want to learn something new? More challenge or variety? Then that can often be solved within your own job.
"But a new environment or annoying colleagues, for example, are more difficult to tackle," says job interview coach Tomas de Graaf. He helps people who are looking for a new job to gain some extra confidence, as a freelancer and through the UWV.
“If you're exhausted from work, it could be because of perfectionism or difficulty setting boundaries. That's not going to solve a new job. ” Interview coach Tomas de Graaf
The fact that many people can now work at home more can also offer a solution for this. "There is a change in environment, you might like not having to work in an office garden anymore," explains De Graaf. His tip: Talk about working from home as well. "In this way, the working time itself can be divided more."
Does the manager know what your needs are?
It sounds logical, but in practice it turns out to be somewhat more stubborn: expressing needs to a manager. Where would you like to be in five years? What would you like to develop in? What is nice about your job and what less? "Employees are often afraid to indicate their wishes, while that can actually help make a job more fun," says De Graaf. It is often possible to do job crafting , where you can do extra tasks that suit talent. "This way you look at positive points."
“People who sit too long, especially grumble about their employer and become very cynical. That's no fun for anyone. ” Ester de Bruin, career coach
Is it you or the job?
Wherever you go, you always take yourself with you. "People are used to blaming external factors, while it sometimes helps to look at yourself first," says De Graaf. "If you are exhausted from work, for example, it could also be because of perfectionism or having difficulty setting boundaries. That will not solve a new job."
Have you not been sitting for too long?
Career coach Ester de Bruin acknowledges that there is often enough to save on a job, but also sees many people who just stay in their jobs for too long.
"They mainly grumble at their employer and become very cynical. That is no fun for anyone." She gives you a tip to ask yourself if you still have as much confidence as last year.
"Are there successes, do you get recognition at work?" If these questions are answered with no, chances are it might be better to look for something else.
Are you not expecting too much from your work?
Although people spend about eight hours a day on work, there are plenty of other things you can get lucky out of. De Bruin, who wrote the book How Green Is Your Grass, about why people sometimes hate their job, compares it to the image of marriage thirty years ago, where everything had to come from the partner. "Now you can see that friends and family play a much bigger role in happiness."
Improve the world? Take a look at volunteering. Would you rather work with your hands while you have an office job? A hobby can offer solace. "It is often easy to combine and energizes."