Was there a time when you loved your job, but now your days run long and flat? I am a firm believer that you should love what you do. After all, being passionate about your work will result in a long and fulfilling career. So if your lack of interest has you down, maybe a spark is all you need to remember why you loved your job in the first place. Here’s a quick rundown of ways to re-engage.
19 Ways to Re-Engage at Work
- Be a mentor. Act as a mentor to a younger employee new to the business. Your guidance and expertise will set them up for success.
START YOUR OWN INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE.
- Start an industry roundtable. Tap into your industry networking groups and invite them to join your roundtable. Suggest a monthly call or monthly video session where members share business practices including marketing ideas and employee retention.
- Call a team meeting. Meetings are a great platform to share business developments as well as review pending projects.
- Read a business book. I love How to Say Anything to Anyone by Shari Harley. It’s to the point and will make you laugh.
- Present a marketing idea. Do you have an idea to grow the business? Share it.
- Ask for additional work. If you can take on one more client or one more project, do it. Your efforts will be noticed.
- Take a client to lunch.
A client lunch is the perfect opportunity to check in, make sure everything is going well.
- Become an expert. What credentials are available in your industry? Being an expert will give you more credibility in the marketplace.
- Attend an industry conference. Some professions require continuing education credits and you can possibly choose a location that is not near your zip code.
- Sharpen your computer skills. How proficient are you in Excel? Power Point? You can find free tutorials on You Tube.
- Plan an employee appreciation event. Bring in bagels or pizza. Or…go out for a nice lunch or happy hour.
- Sign your team up to volunteer. The sky is the limit when it comes to volunteering. One of my favorite organizations to volunteer is Meals on Wheels.
- Invite a motivational speaker over. You can likely find a new motivational speaker in your area to come speak at your organization for free to gain experience and exposure.
- Create a SWOT analysis. SWOT is the acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. This exercise will help you focus on what things or practices can be improved.
- Redo your office…even if it doesn’t have walls. Have you ever looked up “glamorous offices” on Pinterest? Enough said.
- Write a blog post. You can post content on your company’s website or a piece for LinkedIn. Be sure to have approved with owner or compliance team.
- Buy a new suit or two. When you feel like a powerhouse, you are a powerhouse!
- Take time off. Three days, four days or a full week of being disconnected (really disconnected) will do you some good.
- Evaluate work-life balance. If you are going to work when it’s dark and getting home when it’s dark again, we may need to do a pulse check. Having balance in your life will help you sustain a long and passionate career.