Leadership Training Newsletter – Making the best of your job

by ltconsulting on February 14, 2012

Our Leadership and Teambuilding training courses are designed to improve leadership skills and allow our delegates to be able to lead successful and high performing teams. Our team building workshops are packed full of useful teamwork training exercises, tips and techniques that new and experienced managers will find essential in showing how to lead effectively and will put them on the steady route of becoming successful managers and team leaders. Delegates who have taken our Leadership and Teambuilding courses have now gone on to lead highly productive teams and improving productivity by becoming better managers, motivators, delegators and leaders.

Leadership and team building is a training course that is both challenging and practical. We aim to teach the fundamental ‘people management skills‘ in a positive and constructive environment. It has been designed to enable delegates to understand the basic fundamentals of strategy and motivation in team building. You will benefit by learning tips and techniques that will increase your competence and confidence when managing, influencing and leading teams and individuals.

Making the best of your job

Referenced from an article from CareerBuilder.co.uk and Caterer.com

In a recent survey asked workers in the UK if they were happy, dedicated and enthusiastic about their jobs.The results show the various job sectors and the percentages are shown below.

1) Hospitality – 49.16%

2) Health Sector – 48.89%

3) Charity – 34.06%

4) Education – 30.88%

5) Care/Social work – 29.92%

5) Forces/Police – 28.57%

6) Skilled (designer/electrician) – 20.43%

7) Sales (phone/door2door) – 16.98%

8 ) Labour – 11.00%

9) Office-based – 10.01%

10) Retail – 7.17%

You may feel the results surprising when you subtract some of these percentages from 100% but it shows that a large number of people are happy with their lot. So what if you are in the ‘not so happy and enthusiastic’ group.

Let’s be honest – what if you really hate your job? What can you do? How many of us have the luxury to just get up and leave your job without having another lined up? Especially in these times of economic austerity, one of the worst things you could do is leave a job and find it impossible to find another one.

You do have choices, however. Having a job you hate is never an easy thing to deal with, but sometimes you just need to do is take a good hard luck at your options and decide to make the most of the job you have. Whether you’re currently stuck because you just have to pay the bills or are holding out for the next great opportunity, here are some ways to get through the day:

Develop your skills.

Not liking your job doesn’t mean you can’t learn new skills. Use your time to make yourself a better candidate down the road. If your company offers training courses, take advantage of them. Use downtime to learn something new on your computer. Pick up a management development book and read it at lunch. Turn this job into an opportunity for self-improvement.

Blow off some steam.

Most people have an activity that helps them unwind and get rid of tension. Go for a run after work, go swimming on your lunch hour, or take a nice long walk. Put this activity on your schedule so you will have something to look forward to every day.

Maintain your performance.

It is important to continue to do your work and do it well, regardless of your current situation. Set personal performance goals. Then use the accomplishments in future interviews.

Do one thing each day to help you reach your goals.

You don’t need to cross all your goals off your list every day, but you can chip away daily. When you get up in the morning, set a daily objective for yourself and make sure you achieve it. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you feeling good about your progress.

Develop a positive morning ritual.

Going into a job you hate will be worse if you get to the office feeling rushed, stressed and frazzled. Set aside some moments of solitude each morning. Treat yourself to a latte, get up early enough to read the paper, or just set your alarm to play upbeat music when you wake up. Improving your mornings can do wonders for the rest of your day.

Create a diversion for yourself in the office.

Does being in your office make you yearn for the outdoors? Are the incessant ringing phones driving you batty? Do something to brighten your mood while you’re at work. Take in a tropical picture and use it as your screensaver. Buy yourself a “joke of the day” desk calendar. Plug headphones into your computer or bring your iPod to work. Go out for lunch.

Treat yourself.

To make up for your office misery, find little ways of treating yourself. Buy a good book to read. Treat yourself to ice cream. Buy some flowers. Shop for a new interview suit. Plan your next vacation. Find out what makes you feel better inside, no matter what is going on outside.

Keep your bridges intact.

It really is a small world, and you never know when you will run into co-workers from your past. Don’t burn any bridges at your company because you are unhappy. Maintain your contacts and keep your relationships positive. You might just need a reference or a good word from one of your colleagues in the future.

Set weekly goals for yourself.

Sometimes it is easier to make it to 5.00pm  when you can keep your eye on your goals. Even if you hate your job now, there is something out there that will make you happy. Set weekly goals to help you find that golden opportunity. One week you might strive to send out five CVs or attend one networking event. Setting these goals will give you something to work toward.

Realise that this too shall pass.

Right now, it might seem like you will be stuck in this job forever. Keep your chin up and remind yourself that you are in charge of your destiny. Search internal postings for new positions. Start your search for a new job externally.

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