Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, whether it be to lose weight, get fit, travel more or change jobs. The New Year is a great time to focus on your goals and make changes in key areas of your life.

Of course you can make resolutions at any time of the year, you don’t need to wait until January!

If you are feeling frustrated with your job you are not alone. Unhappy workers outnumber happy ones by two to one according to a survey by Forbes magazine. If you are among the two thirds of the workforce in this situation here are five top tips on what can you do about it.

  1. Firstly make a resolution to change your situation

You are under no obligation to remain frustrated, overwhelmed or unhappy. The longer the situation continues the more these feelings will continue. You deserve to be happy, but the cold hard truth of the matter is that ONLY you can make the change you desire.


  1. Identify the source

What is causing the problem? It is often one of three things: Your co-workers, most often this is friction with your boss, but it could also be your co-workers. The second area is your work – either the work itself or the speed you are progressing. The last is the company culture, which may be at odds with your own values.


  1. Review Your Options

After considering the source of frustration, list out your options. What is within your control? What are you not willing to live with or without? Keep in mind that leaving a job isn’t always the easiest option and comes with some degree of risk and emotional implications. It may be you can resolve the situation with an open and honest conversation with your manager. Or perhaps your workload is too heavy and you need to develop a plan to strengthen your team or delegate more. Often after consideration the path forward becomes obvious.


  1. Make a decision and stick to it

Once you’ve made a decision commit to acting on it and make it happen. Don’t second guess it. Too often people will allow themselves to get into an internal cycle of debate on whether they should or they shouldn’t do something. And this only causes more frustration and delays resolution. Don’t wait for the perfect outcome to present itself, it may not. Taking action really is better than doing nothing.


  1. Seek outside help if you need to

If you find yourself in the above situation procrastinating over whether to commit to a course of action and putting off a decision just in case it turns out to be the wrong one then seek objective outside help. Sometimes it can be hard to ask a loved one or friends as they may not be objective; they cannot help but have their own interests as well as yours at heart. Also, seeking help at work can be hard if you don’t want to raise alarm or suspicion that you are unhappy.


Professional support is available from Career Coaching organisations such as Jessica Martin Coaching who can offer unbiased and confidential help and guidance to help you move quickly to a more fulfilled career outcome.


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