Do I need new work, a new boss… or is it me?

Do I need new work, a new boss… or is it me?

We all want to be engaged in and feel fulfilled by our work. But, right now, do you?

Or do you feel stressed out, overlooked, bored? If so, is this just a one-off moment, or is it familiar territory? When thoughts like these hang around and are not just a fleeting ‘bad day’, they can be important signals that you may need to get into action. The time you spend working is not separate from your life but a huge part of it. But where to start? Get into action on what exactly, and how? Is it the work itself, the person you report to, the culture, or something else?

One quick question can indicate whether it’s a Career direction change you need or just a different company or manager. Ask yourself, “if I had a great relationship with my boss and loved working here, would I be wondering about this at all?” Maybe you are not sure – and this is quite common: you know something is not right but you’re not exactly sure what it is.

The following self-assessment questionnaire may give you a more informed perspective. It covers several areas that extensive research has shown are important to being fully engaged at work and finding a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment.

 Score yourself on how well the sentence describes your situation:  1= “Not me at all”,   5= “Yes, this is totally me”

AREA HOW I’M DOING
“Not me” ……………. “Yes it’s me”
 

1. I’M GOOD AT IT

I feel competent with my work, exercising my skills, using my expertise.

 

1     2     3     4     5

2. IT CAN BE A CHALLENGE, AND I’M GETTING BETTER AT IT

I know I’m making progress at work. I’m challenged to learn and improve.

 

1     2     3     4     5

3. WORK IS CONSISTENT WITH MY VALUES

Work fits with what I value and aligns with my bigger aspirations. My work interests me.

 

1     2     3     4     5

4. I FEEL CONNECTED

I have friends at work and colleagues I can talk to. I’m connected.

 

1     2     3     4     5

5. WORK MATTERS BECAUSE I’M HELPING

I have a sense of giving, of helping others – work colleagues, customers, clients.

 

1     2     3     4     5

6. I’M IN CHARGE OF MY PATCH

I have responsibilities at work, and I’m in control of my work. I have some flexibility and some autonomy. I can manage and express myself.

 

1     2     3     4     5

7. I MATTER

People respect me at work. Those I’m accountable to indicate that I am respected here.

 

1     2     3     4     5

8. I HAVE A DEGREE OF WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Work is in harmony with the rest of my life. This culture supports work/life balance. My work is not ruining the rest of my life.

 

1     2     3     4     5

Add up your score
32-40   = Looks like you are on top of it. Your work is delivering the good it should. Where to next?

24-31   = You have achieved many qualities that good work can offer, but more is definitely possible.

16-23   = You have some of the benefits of good work, but there’s plenty of scope for improvement. There are probably areas you can change with improved self-management or better communication skills. Conversations with colleagues and the person you report to are probably also needed.

8-15   = You would be wise to do something to improve your situation right away. Where is the biggest scope for immediate improvement? Is it self-management, communication skills or is it time for a change of direction?

For Managers
Managers are often interested in this assessment though they may score well on it themselves (or even if they don’t) because they feel a responsibility for team performance and workplace culture. Your staff may be interested in this assessment as well. It has positive potential in performance enhancement discussions, highlighting individual effectiveness and where team performance can be improved.

Forté’s individual coaching and training workshops are designed in collaboration with you to address the kinds of issues that stand between your current score and a perfect score of 40!

For more details on our services see individuals, executives, and teams.

 

Thanks for reading. We hope this has been helpful. If you think action is needed … do something about it today.

 

Frances and Max