Reinvigorate Your Job In The New Year

With Christmas just around corner, the thought of returning to work after the festive break may feel like a world away.  Setting the alarm – and even worse, getting up for the first day back in January is one of the hardest tasks of the year.

However, it doesn’t have to be.  Instead you could be returning to work with a spring in your step, motivated for the challenges ahead and keen to make 2016 your year to achieve the things you’ve always wanted to.

Joan Kingsley, organizational psychotherapist and author of a new book combating workplace stress, The Fear-Free Organization: Vital Insights from Neuroscience to transform your business culture has the following advice:

Don’t let the past drag you down. If you ended the year on a low – perhaps a pitch didn’t work out, or you didn’t get the pay rise you wanted - don’t let it overshadow setting your goals for 2016. Be open-minded and enthusiastic. 

If you are a leader, ask yourself – does your team fear you and is there a constant tense atmosphere in your workplace? If the answer is yes, rethink your management skills; does having a team that is afraid create the best working environment and get the most out of them?  The answer will inevitably be no – replace fear with trust, joy and excitement for the benefit of individuals and the organization as a whole.
Leave old damaging routines behind. This is a new year and new rules apply. Drop those negative detrimental habits that are tripping you up - such as arriving late, being negative or snacking unhealthy foods at your desk.  

Re-evaluate and renew your relationships.  Sometimes it’s inevitable that you’re going to clash heads with some people at work.  Use the turn of the year as a chance to start afresh with them. You need to:
- Develop self-awareness – understand yourself; the source of your own dislike might be rooted in your own experiences. 
- Get to know the other person; once you step in to another person’s shoes you will develop a better working relationship.   Be respectful and a good listener.
- Be tolerant of different approaches – remember ‘difficult’ does not equate to ‘difficult’.
- Be intolerant of aggression – confront bullies calmly, clearly and safely.
- Focus on solutions – become a ‘can-do’ person and don’t dwell on the past.
- As a last resort, if you need to seek drastic solutions – do.  Raise any grievances with your boss, particularly if you feel like you are being bullied.  Make sure you don’t rise to the bait and keep your emotions in check all the time. 
If you are not motivated by the work you are doing, but like where you work, discuss it with your manager.  If you are good at your job, management will not want to lose you and will look for a new position that will challenge and excite you.  Don’t be afraid to discuss any worries you have with your manager which will be for the benefit for the team.

If you’re very unhappy at work – be brave and look for a new job. You spend more time at work than you do anywhere else in your lifetime so it’s important that you’re happy and reaching your full potential.   

Joan Kingsley and Dr Sue Paterson are authors of The Fear-Free Organization: Vital Insights from Neuroscience to Transform your Business Culture, a pioneering new book that draws attention to the need for senior staff to appreciate how fear may be ruling their businesses and how this is affecting their teams, prohibiting the development of new ideas, creativity and unlimited potential. 

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