What to Do If You Don’t Love Your New Job

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Feeling stressed and overwhelmed is a common catalyst for resignation, especially for new starters. If you’ve just started a new job and feel like you aren’t thriving, Australia Staffing Agency has a few points for you to consider.

Identify the pros and cons

If something isn’t feeling right, it can be hard to put it into words. That’s why it’s important to have a proper think about what exactly isn’t working for you: does the workload seem unreasonable? Do you feel underprepared/lacking training to perform a certain task? Do you feel unsafe, isolated, or overwhelmed? If you can identify specific issues, it will help you – and your manager – to figure out solutions.

It’s also worth noting the things you are enjoying about the role: is the work itself enjoyable? Are you in the industry you love? Are your colleagues kind, and is the office nice? Maintaining a balanced mindset will help you stay motivated to come into work and will put you in good stead when you chat to your boss.

Sit down with your manager

Whilst it might be tempting to let off some steam to your peers, it may not look very professional for a new starter to be complaining to their coworkers instead of raising issues with their direct manager. Even if your colleagues seem to share your feelings, it’s best to speak to your team leader about the problems you’re experiencing. You may discover that they’re completely oblivious to the issue that’s occurring, or they might have helped other employees overcome these speedbumps in the past. It could be as simple as organising further training, streamlining communications, or going through a piece of work with you to help you complete it accurately.

Give Yourself a Deadline

Pick a date – either a few weeks, a month, or six months from now – and if the issues you’re experiencing aren’t resolved before then, call it quits. There’s no point staying in a job that’s making you feel unhappy, underappreciated, or overwhelmed. If you’ve spoken to your manager and made a real effort to fix the issues you’re experiencing, and you’re still not loving your workplace, then clearly it’s not the right fit for you.

Having this timeframe also allows you to track your progress and gives you the chance to feel more comfortable and proficient in the role. Note if your output increases over a few weeks, or whether you feel more confident in your ability to complete tasks. This could mean the difference between resigning and finding your feet in the workplace.

If you’re still not satisfied, then it might be time to consider a new role. Speak to the team at Australian Staffing Agency about potential work opportunities you’ll be perfect for. Contact us today by filling in our enquiry form and get started on the journey to your most compatible job.