A Weekly Q&A Column About Professionalism, Etiquette and Problems in the Workplace
by Sue Morem
Dear Sue: Three months ago I changed jobs and companies. The
change resulted in both significant salary and benefit increases; however,
I now find myself bored beyond belief. The only projects I am assigned are
so easy that I can complete them within minutes. I am not using the
knowledge I gained in my last position, as I assumed I would. Iíve told my
manager that I need more to do, but so far, havenít been given more
The opportunities for learning are non-existent. They only offer what I
already know in my area and the things they offer that interest me do not
pertain to my specific position.
I feel as if I have taken a step backwards. The challenges I
anticipated have not materialized and my duties do not indicate that this
will change any time soon.
I am finding little in the job that interests me and the only
motivation I have right now is the salary and upcoming vacation time. I
don't know what to do. How would it look to leave this job after just a
Sue Says: I think you need to stop worrying about what it looks
like and do what you need to do to feel productive and useful again. You
made a job move that didnít turn out to be what you thought it was. You
are better off doing something about it now than waiting three or six or
twelve more months until you do.
The first thing you should do is talk with your manager again and make
sure you are very clear about what is going on and why you are so
disillusioned. Ask specific questions and make sure you get the answers
you need to help you decide whether or not there is any reason for you to
stay. You need to find out if there is a reason for you to stay. Your
manager will never know how unhappy you are unless you tell him. Perhaps
there is something that can be done and you both will benefit. If not, you
can look elsewhere.
It didnít take you long to realize you made a mistake, and you are
better off leaving quickly. You are being proactive and leaving for good
reasons, which will reflect positively on you. As long as you havenít made
a habit of changing jobs every few months, it shouldnít be a problem for
you. Wanting to feel challenged and productive is admirable and something
that will be attractive to other employers. Youíve learned a lot and
hopefully will base future decisions on different criteria. Money and
benefits are important, but as you have seen, are not the only factors
that lead to job satisfaction.
Try to determine what you missed during the interview process for the
job you have now; what didnít you see and what do you need to do
differently as a result? When you are about to make a decision about
whether or not to accept another job, donít rush and be sure you take your
time. Find out all you can about the position and the specifics of the job
you will be doing. Do whatever you need to make sure you donít make a
similar mistake the next time you are about make a move.
Sue Morem is a professional speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. She
is author of the newly released
101 Tips for Graduates and
How to Gain the Professional Edge, Second Edition. You can contact her by email at
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