When You like Your Job, But Not Your Work Environment

People often find themselves disillusioned and burned out in their job, not because they dislike what they do per se. They dislike how it’s done.

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If you’ve ever felt like you’re…

Dreading Monday mornings, or not particularly enthused by the start of a new week.

Finding yourself increasingly drained after a day of work.

Looking ahead towards the future and not really visualising yourself in the same place.

Then, you might have tried to assess what’s going wrong for yourself!

You may have found that…

You like the “concept” of your job. But not how it unfolds on a day to day basis.

Your interests and talents are aligned with what you do. But you look up and around you, and find no one you really identify with.

You’re really good at your job. But sometimes you have this inner feeling that you could be doing things better and differently.

So, what’s going on here?

The culprit is not the content of your job, it’s the context of your job.

The truth is that people often find themselves disillusioned and burned out in their job, not because they dislike what they do per se. They dislike how it’s done: the office politics, the poor management, or the unbearable stress and pressure.

It’s not the ‘content’, it’s the ‘context’.

It’s not the ‘what’, it’s the ‘how’.

This can feel frustrating. It’s like holding an unsolvable paradox in your own two hands. Tied up in this limbo, the right course of action seems confusing.

So, what can you do?

“Leave the situation, change the situation or accept it, all else is madness.” — Eckhart Tolle

A way to simplify all our decisions is to understand that there are three fundamental courses of action: leave, change, and accept.

Leave the situation: there is a time and place to leave a job or an environment that doesn’t make you happy.

Change the situation: stay in the environment and speak your mind or create change. Become the change you want to see happening.

Accept the situation: stay in the situation, and shift your mindset in a spirit of wise acceptance (not as a defeat or due to fear).

Take this as your permission to know that any additional pressure and stress that you put upon yourself is not helping the situation in any meaningful way.

No matter what you choose, stay in your true power.

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I am a coach and trusted advisor to driven and gifted people who feel there’s an inkling of rebellion in them. I help them create more fulfilment and reduce stress in their work and careers, on their terms. You can sign up to The Sunday Question, my weekly invitation for introspection and action, here: https://www.anisiabucur.com/sign-up/

Coach — Career and Work Transformation | PhD Researcher | Facilitator

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