A recent survey has shown that, in 2019, one-in-three workers in the UK reported being unhappy in their job. This article from Instant Offices asks: how can we remain motivated in our careers at all times?
According to a YouGov survey, employee priorities for 2019 included travelling and getting a promotion or pay rise, followed by the resolution to improve mental health – this also includes people looking to eat better, exercise more, care for themselves better, learn new skills and get a new job. However, a survey conducted by Investors in People found 45% of employees were considering moving jobs in 2019, with one-in-three workers reporting being unhappy with their job.
With these results in mind, here are eight simple ways to help boost your motivation at work all year round.
1. Ask for an increase
A TotalJobs poll of 5,000 people in the UK showed 68% hadn’t received a pay rise or promotion in the last year, leading to unhappiness at work. If you’re committed to your job but need more to keep you motivated, it’s definitely time to stop stalling and ask for a raise. Don’t turn the conversation into an ultimatum – if you’re happy with your career but not the pay, make sure to communicate that clearly.
2. Find a mentor
Take charge of your career track this year by finding a mentor willing to share their insights and experience. In addition to guiding you on career growth and decision-making, their constructive feedback could help you expand your skill set. Fortune 500 companies understand the value of mentorship – 71% offer formal mentoring programmes to their employees.
3. Get involved in teamwork
Volunteer to take on a challenging client project or pitch internal projects with co-workers. Collaboration and teamwork can increase creativity, help strengthen relationships, create a more positive work environment and boost confidence; some studies also suggest team partnerships can increase productivity at work.
4. Stay busy
Around 40% of UK employees admit to being bored at work, and more than half think their existing skills are being wasted, according to a study by OC Tanner. Boredom at work is a significant source of stress and can lead to depression and disinterest. Ensure you take regular breaks during long tasks but, during quiet periods, keep yourself busy by learning a new skill or pursuing personal goals that can assist with your career.
5. Up-skill yourself
Increase your value at work by learning a new skill; research by the World Economic Forum shows that over a third (35%) of skills which are considered important today will change in five years.
6. Use vacation days
Perhaps you want to save time off for a long holiday later in the year, or simply feel you don’t have enough time for a break, but taking regular holidays throughout the year will help you feel refreshed, relaxed and more productive.
7. Prioritise mental health
CIPD found 23% of British workers feel their organisation doesn’t take employee wellbeing seriously, yet more than a third of the UK workforce experience anxiety, depression or stress. With this in mind, it is imperative to recognise the signs that your mental health may be under pressure and to ensure you de-stress regularly.
8. Step out of the office
No more lunch at your desk in 2019! It’s not natural to stay seated for so long, and research shows Brits spend around nine hours a day sitting down at work – a sedentary lifestyle that takes its toll on our health. Reducing the amount of time you stay seated can do wonders for your productivity, as well as physical and mental health.
Take charge of your happiness and be proactive by contributing to a work environment that sees you excel rather than being demotivated in 2019.