Losing interest in your job is one of the biggest reasons of job dissatisfaction amongst people in the Boomer age group. You’re near retirement age, but aren’t quite ready financially, and have to keep working for a few more years. If you don’t want to consider switching careers here are 5 simple ways to stay motivated or at least be a little more satisfied in what you do.
1. Learn something new. Could part of your job dissatisfaction be that you don’t have newer technology skills that other younger employees have? Often, older employees haven’t updated their skills for a while and feel out of synch with younger employees who have been hired for their newer skills. Employers will often pay for classes for employees to update their skills that are related to their job. See what’s available from your company.
2. Work at home/flex time. Can your job be done from home? Can your schedule be made more flexible? If so, you might want to see if some of your work week can be spent in a home office. Perhaps flexing your work schedule can alleviate some of the back and forth grind/boredom of a 9-5 work week.
3. Get more involved. Perhaps there’s a suggestion to improve how your job functions, or how things work at your company in general, that you haven’t presented to your employer. Now is the time to speak up and offer your ideas to your employer. You may just open his/her eyes to a whole new way of doing things and may want you to spearhead the changes.
4. Change up your routine. Repetitive work routines can become very boring. Try changing the way in which you do your job. For example, if your job allows, do one task on Monday, another on Tuesday, etc. Try to streamline what you do.
5. Chart Your Accomplishments. Keep a list of all the things you accomplished at work each day/week. Set a new goal for each day, or each week, depending on how your job functions. Do what it takes to meet the goal and pat yourself on the back for accomplishing it – even if no one else at your job notices.