Almost everyone, from time to time, finds themselves unhappy at work. Whether it’s for moments of the day or long periods of time; being unhappy at work makes you less productive, irritable and more likely to complain to others. So what can you do about? Before you rush into any big decisions make sure you take the time to pin point the problem and find a solution.
Here are 5 steps you can take to reclaim the happiness in your contract role before you decide to hand in your notice.
Find out why you’re unhappy
This is the time for self-reflection. Think long and hard about the situation. Is it the work, a co-worker, or your personal life? Consider your actions, attitude and behaviour, and whether there is anything that you can do to change your state of mind. Sometimes a simple change at home can improve your happiness at work substantially.
Bounce ideas off a friend
It is a good idea to speak with a friend to gain perspective on the situation. Although, make sure you explain the following;
- What the problem is
- How you feel about it
- How you can solve it
The action of talking through the issue can be extremely therapeutic. It will give you clarity on the situation, and an outsider’s opinion can allow you to see the issue from another perspective.
Remember: Listen to the feedback. It may just solve your problem.
Talk to your SAP Candidate Manager/Recruiter
Don’t leave us in the dark if you are having issues. By keeping your candidate manager informed, you will make it easier for us to understand the situation if things escalate. We’re in regular contact with the client and have a good insight into the company, which means we can help you work through any issues that are raised.
Don’t forget: We are here to help you.
Tell your boss you’re not happy
It may be time to speak with your boss. Make a list, book a meeting and make sure you practice what you’re going to say. You need to be as clear and concise as possible. The problem may be a quick fix, an oversight by management or it may be a bigger issue, however if you don’t have the conversation then you may never have a resolution. Make sure you approach them when you are in control of your emotions, and stay professional at all times.
Remember: A good boss will take on board what you have to say but ensure the feedback is constructive and non-emotional.
Leave with respect
Let’s face it, some issues can’t be resolved. If you decide that this is the case, the best decision may be to resign. There’s nothing wrong with that, but make sure you give appropriate notice, be respectful and leave with your head held high. Resigning before your contract is up is not a career ending decision, however the SAP world is a small one. If you remain dignified and respectful you will have no problems finding your next SAP contract role especially if you have gone through to above process and not made a rash decision.