Leadership Tip

How to make the most of a bad job

If you're unhappy at work, you don't have to live with it. And you don't have to quit. Here's how to make the most of an imperfect job situation.

  1. Be clear about what you don't like. You likely can't alter your job description, but you may be able to minimize the time you spend doing unwanted tasks.
     
  2. Make social connections. Stronger emotional ties to your co-workers can have a positive effect on your attitude. Spend time with colleagues you like, and avoid those you don't.
     
  3. Keep your options open. You may be stuck due to a bad economy or limited openings in your industry, but circumstances may change. Be sure your resume and your LinkedIn profile are up to date and that you are continually meeting people in your field.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from Don't Like Your Job Change It by Amy Gallo. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

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