Career tip: Regularly reassessing February 21, 2014Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.
Everyone has certain things that are either motivators or demotivators towards their work. The motivators are what drew the person into the area of work that he or she does. Motivators and their opposites, however, are not lists chiseled in stone. They change as situations and experiences change one’s values and perspective.
A job is a continuation. Once started it has momentum driven by one’s employer and the work that needs to be done. Schedules and priorities vary over time. When one works day to day, week to week the mentality is tactical, short term in its thinking. How do I get these things done well in the required time? This question gets asked over and over each day and each week.
A career is a long term thing that is based not on tactics, but on strategies. Long term versus short term ideas ought to be in place. But if one is working day to day and is focused, career issues are never looked at. Over time the person becomes uneasy and more detached from the work. The motivators decrease and the demotivators grow.
A person who wants a career and long term success needs to occasionally, once or twice a year, set aside time to look at the motivators – things that make the work enjoyable and rewarding – and the demotivators – those things that are unpleasant and unfulfilling – and assess how they are in the current job. Also, has the situation and experiences since the last assessment shown that there are new motivators and demotivators. Then, the person should think about how to increase the motivators and decrease the demotivators.
If these can be changed, the overall work satisfaction will increase (and usually performance does, as well). If not, then the person might think of a career change, a transfer, a new position, a new job with another employer- whatever the mismatch between motivators, demotivators, and that person’s ideal entail.