5 Things to Do If Work Is Unsatisfying

(DGIwire) – Whatever someone’s reasons for being unhappy at work, it is best to tackle them straight on. Of course, rash decisions are a bad idea but letting things simmer won’t do any good either. Here is a five-step approach to relieving unhappiness in the workplace, courtesy of the blog of Atrium Staffing, a New York City-based talent solutions firm:

  • Determine if the slump is temporary or permanent: Bad periods come and go, even in the best work situations. It is important to ask whether it is something that is likely to pass. If yes, take time to see what happens and try not to dwell on the feeling. If after two weeks there is no motivation to continue, it might be time to start exploring other possibilities.
  • Identify what needs to change: Start by writing down all the things that aren’t wanted—then dig deep to find out what is more desirable. Be specific. Sources of satisfaction could range from wanting greater decision-making authority, to having more flexibility with one’s schedule for greater work/life balance.
  • Determine the best way to make these changes: Are there any internal changes that can be made at the current job? While some organizations are admittedly more flexible than others, don’t overlook the possibility that there could be an internal solution. If the problem stems from unavoidable workplace situations, it might be time to look elsewhere.
  • Keep the search private: It may be tempting to share a decision to leave with coworkers. However, note that moving on often takes longer than expected and internal shifts in an organization may prove beneficial, removing managers who were hard to deal with. Minds can change about setting off for greener pastures so show restraint and stay away from gossip.
  • Keep things in perspective: No company is without its faults. There will always be moments when workers are reminded that “they don’t call it work for nothing.” But in the same breath, they should be thankful that they have a job. If it’s worth keeping, great; if not, action can always be taken to make things better.

“Everyone wants to be happy at their workplace but the best steps to be taken when dissatisfaction sets in aren’t always clear,” says Rebecca Cenni, Founder and CEO of Atrium Staffing. “Just as no employee wants an unhappy work situation, employers certainly do not want an office filled with disgruntled workers.”

Atrium is a New York City-based talent solutions firm, focused on providing contingent workforce solutions for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies in nearly every industry. Atrium’s expertise includes regional Temporary and Direct Hire Staffing, national Payrolling Services, national Independent Contractor Compliance and Intern Program Design. The company has extensive experience matching the right candidates for a range of positions within a variety of industries.

“Keeping employees happy is a task that requires a company to be sensitive to their specific needs, and an external organization with a significant track record of staffing experience can help these companies navigate this challenge effectively and consistently,” Cenni adds.

 

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