John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker, LLC
Frustration with a job comes up for nearly everyone at one time or another. Moreover, the frustration can feel so strong that changing jobs looks like the best answer. More often than not, however, you should focus on riding the pony you’re on.
Start by taking a breath and looking more closely at the source of your frustration. Over time, episodes of frustration can start to look alike, and you find yourself misidentifying the source. In one case, it might be pressure you’re feeling about something outside of work. In another, it might be a short-term increase in the volume of projects. In yet another, it could be the result of internal changes owing to someone leaving or a new person joining the team.
Look to see what you can do to ease the frustration. Maybe this is nothing more than recognizing the short-term nature of the circumstance. If you’re dealing with non-work pressures, consider asking for a few days off to handle things so you can return to work with your head in the game. In the case of issues internal to the practice, be prepared to step up and take on more responsibility and, as importantly, more accountability. Even if it might not look like it, the boss notices what’s going on and will respond positively to your efforts.
Taking on a job change will add to everything already on your plate. Sometimes the frustration builds, however, and the best response really might be a change. If you’ve done all you can to improve the situation, maybe it’s time for a confidential conversation with us about your options.