For many of us, we spend more time of our waking lives at work than with those we love. Yet how often do we review the quality of our relationship with our work?
Like so many of our relationships, the initial enthusiasm and excitement can subside into the toil of the routine and mundane. We become controlled by the MOS (must, ought, should) and lose the freedom of DPL (desire, passion, love). So how do you recognise it is time to make a change?
Score this simple check list so that you can reflect on whether you love what you do and do what you love:
1. When you think about the activities you most enjoy at work, how much of your time are you able to spend on them? 1-all most none; 3-a sufficient proportion; 5-almost all the time.
2. How often do you learn something new at work? 1-Never; 3-regularly; 5-all the time.
3. How much have you developed skills, knowledge or experience over the last year? 1-not at all; 3-somewhat; 5-very substantially.
4. How many of your colleagues respect what you bring to the work place? 1-None; 3-some; 5-all of them.
5. How much is your immediate manager committed to your personal success and development? 1-Not at all; 3-only when there is something in it for them; 5-actively supports you at every opportunity.
6. How much freedom do you have to plan your work, set your priorities and agree your targets? 1-None; 3-some
input; 5-I have complete freedom within overall goals.
7. How often do you face expectations of unrealistic deadlines, targets, goals and effort? 1-all the time; 3-from time to time; 5-never.
8. How often are you carrying or covering for weaker team members or bad management? 1-almost all the time; 3-sometimes; 5-never.
9. How often do you trust your organisation to do the right thing and do it right? 1-no trust; 3-half the time; 5-all the time.
10. How much do you care or believe in the outcomes your organisation is seeking? 1-not all; 3-to some extent; 5-passionate.
If your score is less than 20 then you should be planning to leave. If your score is less than 35 you should consider what steps you can take to improve the situation, However, recognise you may not have a long term future with the organisation. If you have a score of 35+ then ask yourself what might put this score at risk in future.
Finally, decide whether the rewards of your role overall are sufficient to devote so much of your life to this
Next time, we will explore what options you have to plan your departure so you can love what you do and do what you love.
Charles McLachlan is founder of
FuturePerfect and the Portfolio Executive