Change to dream job: Better small steps than escapism

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Just give up the job and start over: Who hasn't figured it out? A radical cut is often less promising than you think.Best of HR –®

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Dream job? No reason: the majority quit internally

According to the annual Gallup Engagement Index, just 13% of employees in Germany are emotionally attached to it Company bound. The majority are only slightly emotionally involved and do service according to the regulations. And more than a fifth don't even feel emotionally attached to the workplace.

In other words, these employees hate their job and work actively against the interests of the company. By the way: Almost 70% of the employees feel that they are not sufficiently appreciated. Just as many find that they fill a position that does not correspond XNUMX percent to their personality. Most blame their superiors. However, I think that everyone is also responsible for themselves.

The problem also affects the self-employed

Because the problem of not being in the mood for the job also affects the self-employed. Although they have freedom of choice, this is often blocked by external circumstances (such as customer requests), but on the other hand, many people stand in their own way. In their book “The Art of Working Less”, the authors Alex Braig and Ulrich Renz describe very nicely how you can break your dream job yourself - using the example of a manager.

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Based on a creative, euphoric idea, he founded a company with friends that would soon flourish. Breathless, he spends the next few years in the frenzy of optimism. Nothing is more important to him than work, he feels important in his position and the feeling of solving big tasks strengthens his self-confidence. People who work a 38-hour week and go home at noon on Friday find him outrageous. But at some point the intoxication evaporates.

The way out: just a radical cut?

The company grows: Calculations, key figures and balance sheets gain the upper hand and squeeze the company into a rigid corset in which there is no more space for new, creative ideas. The shared corporate spirit from the early days, the feeling that everyone is working together and pulling together, also disappears; soon everyone is fighting for their budget, power games and intrigue are the order of the day. Because everyone wants to keep their security and their possessions and changes are frightening.

The way out is only a radical cut in the end: Get out completely. The problem with such short-circuit reactions is that it is often not a sensible consideration. People who throw up have often put up with too much for too long or simply overworked themselves. And didn't notice that it was long enough. And at some point the measure is full and then there is a short circuit reaction. Peng. It is then no longer possible to think sensibly. You can no longer see positive aspects.

Restart with a burden: The old problems and fears are always there

Apart from the fact that many people simply cannot afford to simply quit their jobs or stop working at all: this is usually not a solution. Because the problems, his fears, his weaknesses, you take with you when you restart. And then again - or even more - faced with it. What helps, however, is an honest problem analysis: what exactly thrills you from enjoying your job? What demotivates? And what can you change about it?

If the manager is a complete idiot, maybe just dismissal can really help. If, for example, the difficulty is that you have put up with yourself too much and are given too little respect, you can change it yourself - and thus protect yourself from internal dismissal and escapism.

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