The importance of perspective in work

July 15 2014

By Julia Richardson – When you’re miserable at work, quitting your job can seem like the solution to all your problems. It gives you hope that your life will one day not be quite so miserable. Maybe you’re not naïve enough to view it as your one-way ticket to Utopia, but the unknown is much more appealing than your current situation. The importance of perspective in work cannot be underestimated.

But what if you’re wrong? It’s scary to think that you may, because if you think too long the helpless feeling is all but certain to return with vengeance. Even so, it is important to resist the urge to completely resign yourself to defeat. Instead face your fears, face your problems and map out a plan.

Take control of the situation and write your own destiny. Here’s how to maintain the importance of perspective in work.

Confront Your Emotions
Helplessness and hope are common feelings when you feel like giving up and quitting. Quitting your job, or not, is a big decision—and one that is complicated further if you have dependents. But if you aren’t happy your job performance and overall mental health suffers as well.

The Importance of Perspective at WorkDon’t ignore your emotions, or the emotional and mental impact your job has on you. Instead, confront your emotions, manage them, and work through them so that you can gain perspective and uncover the root of the problem.

Once you do this, ask yourself:

  • Have I always been unhappy?
  • Is it one or many issues that have led to this feeling?
  • What area of my job is the primary source of my unhappiness?

Consider Your Options
Once you’ve processed your emotions and carefully evaluated the situation, you can more clearly assess your options. After all, now you know precisely what the problem is. If you don’t, you have a much better idea than before.

If the problem is the job itself and you’ve simply always been unhappy, then it may be time for a change. Think of what you want to do. Be aware that any new career path will have its own advantages and disadvantages and just as now, it may take some trial and error to determine your best fit.

However, if your unhappiness stems from a particular coworker, policy, duty or any other specific job related source or sources, and you may want to address those problems before calling it quits. This may seem like an uphill battle, but the job market is competitive and comes with its own challenges.

Talk to your coworkers, managers and others and try to resolve the problem. If the problems are numerous, you may want a clean slate. That is your choice to make, but be aware that many times it is small grievances and annoyances that go ignored and turn into something much bigger. If you choose to quit, learn from your mistakes and speak up and address any issues immediately in order to avoid a repeat of the past.

Plan for the Worst
Know that despite your best efforts, quitting may be your only option. The importance of perspective in work means also preparing for this and beyond. Don’t wait until after you quit to look for a job. Instead, start the process as soon as possible. Save your money and understand what you will need to do in the days and months ahead if you remain unemployed.

It is important that you have hope, but don’t entertain delusions. While you might land your dream job immediately, it could take a few months or more.  In fact, more than 2.5 million Americans have been out of work for over a year.

Confronting the problem and working through your emotions will give you insight in order to best address the problem and resolve it. Expect the best, but plan for the worst.

The Importance of Perspective at Work

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