Coach Lorna Valcin has some advice for those who want to stay in their job and reassess it after Covid.
This last 15 months in the world of work has seen many changes, forcing many of us to re-evaluate what we want from our jobs and careers. We have talked about the big shift in relation to those looking to draft and deliver that letter of resignation, but what about those of us who have decided that staying put is the better option for us?
Even staying put might require some deliberation about the future. For some, not having to do the commute to work alone has reignited their love of what they do. All of a sudden during the pandemic, they have more energy and perhaps a shared sense of togetherness in making things work in the business and for the business.
One of the reasons you might feel staying put is a better option is the flexibility that will be retained in the future. The workplace and how the work is done might look very different and more attractive to you, making a big difference to your view of work. The indications currently are that it is very likely businesses will be or have already put in place flexibility that allows their employees to continue working from home for some or all of the time.
Whatever your reasons for staying put, here are some things to think about that will help you fall back in love with what you do.
1. Remember why this was the job you chose.
What was it that you found attractive at the application stage? Has it lived up to your expectations? Is it taking you to the next step in your career?
2. Remind yourself of what you love about what you do.
Who are you serving by what you do? Think about who or what cause you are helping by doing what you do and enjoy that sense of service, achievement and satisfaction.
3. The grass is not greener; it’s just a different shade of green.
It’s one of those things that we often feel the grass is greener, but is it or does it just appear that way from the perspective of where you are looking? Sometimes what we are looking for is right under our noses and so closer than we think.
4. Ask for what you want.
If this time has shown us anything, it is that flexibility is possible, and we have all had to be that much more open-minded and flexible, so use this time to assert your needs and the terms on which you want to continue doing what you do. You might be surprised by a different view of things now!
*Lorna Valcin is an employment solicitor and life coach. E-mail: LVcoachingservices@gmail.com. Facebook: LV Coaching. Instagram: l.v_coaching. If this has been useful in helping you consider your future plans, but you need a sounding board, get in touch.