June 25, 2019 Cory Carlson

Is boredom affecting your joy at the office?

I have had seasons where I did not like my job. Unmotivated. Thinking the grass was greener on the other side. Granted a couple of those times I actually ended up leaving those jobs, but most often I powered through it. However, I have learned a better way to handle those ‘stuck’ situations.

Maybe you can relate.

Was I truly being the light in the darkness or was I contributing to the toxic culture?  A lot of those times, I was contributing to the toxic environment.  Gossiping, complaining, or most often just checking out. Scrolling social media, browsing the internet, or just acting busy.

I have clients in this same situation. They are frustrated with the leadership or ownership of the company. Tired of having the same meetings talking about the same stuff. The plan for Q3 is feeling like the same plan you rolled out the last few years. Most often I find with clients, it is a season of boredom and the negative elements of the company are rising to the top.

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Be the light

However, Jesus commands us to be the light in the darkness. The darkness is the employees around you who are not giving all of themselves. The gossip at the water cooler. The light can be you demonstrating joy, optimism, even rolling up your sleeves and getting some work done.

In working with clients, and even in my lull moments, here are ways that have helped give people a jolt.

Ways to improve your joy at work:

  1. Gratitude – Review where you have been. What have you worked on since you have been there?  How far have you come?  Gratitude is the first step to overcoming complacency and boredom.
  2. End well / Start well – we all want to start our next job well, but we often forget about ending the current one well.   If you are to leave this job, you want to end well.  In sports, they talk about the coach that left the cupboards bare.  Meaning the coach knew they were leaving so they took their foot off recruiting, thus there was no talent when the next coach arrived. Don’t be that person.
  3. Create a job description for your next job – What do you like to do in your current role?  Capture that on paper.   What do you not like to do?   Capture that on paper as well. By doing so, you will see what you want to do in your next job. However, the beauty is if you stay, then you know what you enjoy doing, thus keep, and then you can delegate what you don’t enjoy doing.
  4. Self-assessment – When you are in a lull and unmotivated season at work, learning more about yourself can be a great use of your time.  What are you good at?  Not good at?  What is the healthy vs. unhealthy version of yourself (Enneagram is my favorite assessment right now)? If interested in learning more about yourself, view our self-assessments at the Five Capitals website here.

If none of the above work, just being with somebody on the journey can be helpful. I know the times I have been, I was grateful I had a coach to keep me motivated, my head up and focused on the non-negotiables.

Even to this day, the majority of my clients are in a ‘stuck’ period during some point in our calls. So, you can either power through as you have been and just hoping that the time will pass by quick enough, or reach out and I would love to help for a couple of months.

Don’t do it alone.

We are not meant to be alone on any journey. Matter of fact, I am considering joining a mastermind group to help scale my coaching business to impact more people with this message.

Similarly, I am in the early stages of launching a mastermind group to help executives win at work and home. If interested in learning more, let me know.

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Cory Carlson

Cory Carlson is passionate about connecting people to greater performance and more significant purpose. Cory's competency of extensive sales/marketing and team development mixed with character of helping people have greater impact allows him to transform businesses and their leadership. As the leader goes, so does the company...and home. Cory's professional experience includes being President of Sales for national contractor, interactions with private equity ownership, boardroom meetings, to sales call with sales personnel. Coaching experience ranges from one-on-ones with CEOs/Executives to team workshops/retreats. If looking for holistic growth, let's connect!