I hope that anyone working for me finds their job completely fulfilling and worth the ups and downs in a growth company. But with that said, there is always the person on the team who is ‘faking it' and acting as if everything is fine when it is not. I have always been the type of leader who wants full transparency and honesty and I am clear about it while on-boarding new people. Always be upfront, talk to me, tell me the truth and we will work through it. I also say to everyone on my team, if you lie to me our relationship is over. Why does this seem so hard? My answer is simple – most people can’t handle the truth.
You want more money? Work harder, take on projects, be open to feedback, come up with new ideas and don’t sit around waiting for the next paycheck.
Recently I had to deal with some internal conflict regarding an employee. This caused me to think about my team and our future direction. In doing some research with the HR Specialist on our team, I was shocked to find that according to a 2017 Gallup Survey, only one-third of U.S. employees feel engaged at work. That means, only one of three workers brings a consistently high level of initiative, commitment, passion and productivity to their job. That leaves the majority of employees less than satisfied with their work. ARE YOU KIDDING ME????
Digging into this a bit deeper, I found that some people feel stuck doing the same thing and question the next move in their career. What was also interesting is that people who feel stuck and are not engaged are doing nothing about it themselves. They are not talking to their leaders, creating new lines of business, coming up with new ways for the company to make more money or save on operational costs. They just sit back and wait for someone to make things better for them. The dark side of this downward spiral begins when the employee stops contributing to the existing team or company and starts working on their ‘side business’ while staying employed with you. Not wise, not smart and certainly not ethical.
So if you are stuck in your career or not happy, here a few tips that will help you change things up or get you ready to resign before you spiral downward!
1. Assess what you really want out of your work at this point in your life.
Is this a career, a job or a real calling? I do what I do because it is a calling. Of course I want to make money but I love the business of helping others, training, developing people and I also love traveling and seeing the world. What do you really want and are you willing to sacrifice for it? Are you willing to do the heavy lifting (even if there is a part of the job you don’t really like to do) in order to keep growing?
2. Re-imagine your job.
Don’t wait for your leader to do this for you. Come up with new ways to create a better version of yourself. What unique skills do you bring to the table that will benefit the team, the company and your clients? Recently we had 2 people on our team who have been with us for years switch their jobs. They are learning new skills, bringing different energy and ideas to their new roles.
3. Have a real conversation with your leader and be ready for authentic feedback.
Maybe you will hear things you don’t like, but if you want to grow in your career you will need to hear the truth. Keep in mind that staying true, ethical and honest will guide you into the future. It will give you the foundation to grow and always be happy at work. The Ethics Resource Center in Washington D.C. says the top unethical behaviors in the workplace today are:
- Misusing company time
- Abusive behavior
- Violating Company Policies
None of these seem that hard to avoid, yet even the most trusted colleague can lose their way! Don’t let this happen to you!