Most managers are startled when a performing employee becomes dispassionate.
A study by Gallop, a global performance management company, shows that only 13% of all staff in 142 countries reviewed are engaged and passionate about they do.
However, passion is a basic requirement for anyone who wants an optimum performance at work.
But if you perceive you are losing your passion at what you do, take these simple steps to rebound:
Identify The Cause
Losing passion for your job is not something unusual, so you need to identify the cause. You can start by analyzing what got you excited from the day you decided to accept the employment.
Then compare it with what annoys you about the job now. This will tell you what is missing. Once you identify the root cause, take the required steps to help you safeguard your passion. This is the first step at rekindling passion for what yo do.
Review Your Work
Do not neglect the fact that as you move from one stage of life to another, what motivates you is subject to change over time.
Sit back and review the various parts of your job. Identify the areas that thrill you most. Reflect on the perspective you have about your work. As you do this you will find areas that excite you.
If you are not sure, take time to experiment with different activities. You will be surprised on how fast you’ll arouse your passion again.
See the Big Picture
What causes burn-out is often not the whole job, but the paper-work and housekeeping duties attached to the job, which take up more of your time. And if they are duties you don’t enjoy performing, you will burn out at the close of work.
One way to solve this is to think more of the long-term goals of your work. You should also view these monotonous, day-to-day tasks as stepping stones to those goals.
You should delegate those menial tasks that get you burnt-out to subordinates, who can do a better job. This is more practical when you are the boss or have junior staff at your disposal. If this does not apply, you may have to discuss your challenges with your manager to reassign the task to those who will do a better job.
This frees you to concentrate on more important tasks that make you fulfilled and enthusiastic.
Take A Break
Weak and ill people find it difficult to enjoy what they do. Lack of energy and motivation can lead to a distaste for what you like.
Your loss of drive for work can be compared to physical ailment. The solution is plenty of rest and taking vacation from the job to help you feel refreshed.
Practice the forgoing and you will start enjoying your job once again.