Your fault that your job makes you miserable

If you feel that you are stuck in a job that is going nowhere, there’s a chance that it could actually be your own fault. Without being aware of it, you may have got into some career-limiting habits which can have an adverse effect on your corporate wellness.

In a recent survey, 97 percent of respondents appeared to have developed bad habits. These habits included procrastination, being resistant to change, a negative attitude and a general attitude of ‘that’s not my job’.

Also on the list of habits that inhibit career progression and decrease job satisfaction were disrespect, passive aggressiveness, short-term focus and selfishness. Managers who were surveyed as part of the same study also commented that they found employees extremely unlikely to work on making a lasting change to get rid of these bad habits.

If you feel that you are stuck in some of these bad habits, there are things that you can do to change and to improve your wellbeing by making your job more enjoyable. It’s not just about willpower, it’s about taking control by looking for honest feedback from managers on a regular basis, and making self-assessments on a regular basis too, noting your own strengths and weaknesses and identifying areas that require change.

Managers should steer clear of doing simple ‘tick box’ type reviews, and instead probe further to properly understand their employees, taking note of the personality traits that may be holding them back and subtly offering encouragement to overcome these.

A useful step is to find a mentor within the office who can help you achieve your goals. Have these goals written down as a personal motivation statement, to help you identify why you are in your chosen career path and what you hope to achieve. As well as a mentor, make sure you associate with the people at work who value hard work and don’t encourage bad habits.

More physical changes can also be made to help overcome back habits, such as moving to a more isolated, less distraction-filled area of the office

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