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Working Respectfully

There can be times in the workplace when we find ourselves forgetting our etiquette or manners. It can happen within ourselves, with colleagues or with customers. Each generation has been taught to be respectful regarding others and has ideally learnt what level of respect to expect from to others.  There are times, however, when the intensity of work demands increase and stressful environments arise, causing people to lose their temper. As added work stress conflicts with the view of the individual, they tend to lose their head, potentially at the wrong person.

This is the reality of the workplace: you are employed to perform a service, with the expectation of that service being done politely and respectfully. This ensures the customer returns and you stay employed.

If a situation arises where you feel disrespected, it’s important not to take it personally. You will eventually come across customers or co-workers that get empowered by demeaning others. In one perspective, feel sorry for that person as the level of empowerment comes from a negative place. Some people do not feel the full empathy and respect that we take for granted, causing them to lash out on the unexpected victim and gain a minimal empowerment that makes them feel better about themselves.

In another perspective, we don’t know what the beginning of their mood stemmed from: it may be the worst possible scenario imaginable. Small moments of etiquette or manners can make or break a business and hopefully change the view of the world. It’s also important to become resilient to abrupt people with a gentle smile or a kind gesture as it may assist customers and co-workers in realising the error of their ways.  No matter how rude someone is towards you in the workplace, you must remain calm and professional as you have more to lose from reacting to their bad behaviour. Talk to a manager or someone about what’s going on and always remain respectful towards others.

The 7 Things Ridiculously Happy Employees Do Differently

A happy employee can do anything to help the company achieve its goals. Happiness is not only important at the workplace, but necessary for long-term success, both for the company and its employees. It enhances productivity and helps to create a healthy work environment for everybody, encourages teamwork and increases job satisfaction.

Here are seven things that the ridiculously happy employees do differently from others.

Better at crafting

Here, crafting refers to the ability of happy employees to increase job satisfaction. It also hints at their ability to engage with each other and with customers better. They are able to demonstrate more resilience at work and strive to do their best possible job.

Agents of hope

Such employees are not only full of hope but also create hope wherever they go. They are advocates of hope. They report to work even when the situation demands otherwise. They believe in the company’s ability to turn unfavorable situations into great opportunities.

Adept at using humour positively

Humour can be such a powerful tool at the workplace. Its effectiveness depends on usage or application. The extremely happy employees know how to use humor to make the environment ideal for everybody. They use humor positively to cheer others up or break tension and bring the team closer together.

Tackle pessimism

Pessimism is one of the worst workplace challenges. It just puts everybody down. Happy employees understand the effect pessimism can have in the workplace. Therefore, they go out of their way to ensure pessimism is not a part of the furniture. Avoid getting involved in gossip and always face coworkers with a positive attitude.

Advocate self-efficacy

Self-efficacy, or the ability to produce positive results on your own, is an integral part of any successful workplace. Job satisfaction is one of its results. Employees who pursue self-efficacy are most likely to be happier with their work. Besides earning respect and trust from your employer and coworkers, this will help you become more resilient, confident, open-minded and creative at work and in your personal life.

Overcome stress

Stress at the workplace is not uncommon. How everybody at the office responds to stress is the most important factor here. Happy employees train their minds to focus on non-stressful issues. They know that their health suffers when the mind pays too much attention to stress. Talking openly about challenges you’re facing at work and finding little things that bring you joy on a daily basis will help you keep your balance and lower your stress-levels.  

Remain faithful to the course

Extremely happy employees have no trouble being loyal or faithful even when everybody else seems to be falling by the wayside. They display grit. They demonstrate perseverance in good and bad times. Your level of determination and commitment at work is in direct proportion with your level of happiness an work.

Are you currently facing challenges at work? At Employment First Aid, we’ve made it our mission to help young people like you stay in work by giving them the necessary skills and tools to do their best work, communicate effectively and increase happiness at work.

We’d love to hear from you! Chat with us on Messenger, send us an email or give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

How to Master Happiness at Work in 5 Simple Steps

In our society, work is seldom associated with happiness. A recent study shows that only 13% of people are happily engaged at work. Every organisation needs employees who are happy at work and have a great sense of job satisfaction. Happy people are more motivated, energised and productive than unhappy employees. Sometimes, happiness at work can be hard to find because a large part of our happiness is determined by our genetics, how we were brought up and our current beliefs, while the rest is left to us as individuals to make up for. Moreover, most happy people have high emotional intelligence (EQ).

Here are a five things you can borrow from emotionally intelligent people about mastering happiness at work:

1.) You are in charge of your own happiness

Every unhappy person has a choice to either quit their current job or to make the most of their current job. However, whichever choice you opt for, your happiness depends on you. The underlying factor in your current job or your previous job is you. You may get a new job and still find yourself unhappy because ultimately it is up to you to define your own happiness.

2.) Don’t compare yourself

There are people at your workplace who are always happy and things seem to be going well for them all the time. Other times, there are people who have it worse than you and you can be tempted to derive a sense of pleasure from comparing yourself to them. In such a situation, you need to realise that by choosing to compare yourself, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. When you have accomplished a goal that makes you excited about yourself, do not allow anyone to take that away from you. People will always react, whether you do something good or bad. They will always have an opinion and you can’t always change those opinions. Let your self-worth come from within regardless of what other people think.

3.) Reward yourself

You have heard of the proverb that says, all work with no play makes Jack a dull boy. It is detrimental to work hard at your job and fail to send some time away from your office to relax. It is proven that the right rewards make people happier, more productive and more accurate in their work. Self-induced rewards can have the same effect as those given by others. They activate the pleasure pathway in your brain and release dopamine, the happiness hormone. Rewards can be as simple as taking a walk in the park or treating yourself you a healthy treat.  

4.) Don’t judge and gossip

Workplace politics will always drain your energy and happiness at work. It may feel good to gossip about your colleagues at the time and be interested in everything that is going wrong in their lives. However, afterwards a feeling of guilt sweeps over you. It always creates a negative vibe in the workplace. You wouldn’t like people discussing you behind your back, so you shouldn’t talk about others either. It’s simple: What goes around, comes around.

5.) Stay true to yourself

Never cross your moral boundaries in the name of success. It is a sure way to unhappiness and stress. Don’t violate your personal values and standards. Stand your ground. In times of confusion, take some time to review your values and make decisions that feel right. Deep inside, you already know what’s right for you. Trust your intuition.

 

We hope these points will help you make better decisions at work and to increase your job satisfaction. It is important that you learn to always seek to find your own happiness in your job because it will keep you motivated to go to work every day. A happy person is a productive person, which in turn leads to more happiness and fulfillment.

Employment First Aid is a FREE service to help young people like you stay in work by giving you the necessary skills and tools you need to do your best work, communicate better and be happier at work. If you would like to learn more or even just want to have a chat about some challenges you’re facing at work, we’d love to hear from you! You can chat with us on Facebook Messenger, send us an email or simply give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

How To Be Outrageously Successful In Your Job

Ever wondered why some people can switch jobs or even careers and still become incredibly successful in all of them? Here, think about Entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, etc. What skills do they have that keep them winning from one job or project to the next?

It’s actually not a big secret. You need to cultivate certain skills to be able to conquer any job. Here are five tried-and-true tricks on how to do so.

Be a Goal-Setter

Goal-oriented people are good at making actionable plans. Being goal-oriented can make a huge difference. It can be the difference between getting stuck in one position year on year and working your way up the promotion ladder. It is crucial, however, that you set achievable goals, milestones you can actually meet. Realising your goals can do wonders for both your job performance and happiness at work.

Setting goal after goal can prevent complacency and help you earn great respect from your employer. All in all, goal-setting can help you define yourself, both as a person and a worker.

Learn, Learn And Keep Learning

Most young people think that education ends as soon as you graduate from high-school or college. Even if you didn’t go to college, never stop learning if you want to become insanely successful in any job. This is where we can learn a lot from Elon Musk.

You see, when you stop learning, you are simply shutting an important window for success. Constantly learning can help you become adept at what you do and learn the ropes of your job. The efficiency and productivity that comes with knowledge can certainly help you overcome workplace challenges and enhance your job satisfaction.

It doesn’t have to be something huge — read industry news, attend educational seminars, local workshops, talks, and perhaps take some short courses.

Be Confident

Confidence can help you get far in any career. Confidence is crucial, not only in job interviews but throughout your career as well, and can come in handy when dealing with a variety of customers, co-workers and employers. In fact, it can help you achieve whatever you set your mind to, which is useful when faced with workplace challenges. Learn to believe in yourself.

Cultivate Strong and Robust Relationships

Strong relationships at work bring harmony, encourages teamwork, and is a great way to make sure that you are successful. Go beyond friendships, and build respect and trust. It’ll pay off in terms of job satisfaction and future career opportunities.

Take Charge of Your Happiness at Work

Hard work may be a key factor in how successful you’ll be, but your happiness at work also counts. To achieve this, you’ll need positive reinforcement and actually choose to be happy.

Are you currently facing challenges at work? At Employment First Aid, we’ve made it our mission to help young people like you stay in work by giving them the necessary skills and tools to do their best work, communicate effectively and increase happiness at work.

We’d love to hear from you! Chat with us on Messenger, send us an email or give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

Does Your Job Make You Miserable? 7 Things You Can Do Now To Actually Love Your Job

Have you ever found yourself miserable at your workplace? You have no job satisfaction or happiness at work? Don’t fret. You are not the first employee to feel that way. However, do not take comfort in the fact that you are not the only miserable employee. It is possible to rekindle the love for your job. Employment First Aid exists to help young people stay in work and find new joy in their job.

Here are seven things that you can do to actually love your job and get excited about work again:

 

1.) Set goals together with your supervisor or team

Sometimes, you may not actually love your job because you don’t feel like you have something to strive for. Remedy the situation by setting realistic goals with the help of a co-worker or your supervisor because they understand the job more than you do. In this way, you will be more motivated and have a structure which you can focus on every day.

2.) List the aspects that need to be improved

It is impossible to solve a problem if you have not defined what exactly the problem is. Take time to evaluate what aspects of your current job you would like to improve. Write down everything you don’t love and be as specific as possible. This will help clarify your next steps such as talking to your supervisor to offer some sort of assistance if they can. If you would rather speak to someone outside of work, we are always here to have a chat, offer free job advice and point you in the right direction. No challenge is ever to big. The worst thing you can do is keep it all to yourself. So, get in touch and chat with us.

3.) Figure out what you really love to do

Discover what aspects of your job you really love doing, big or small. Think about what your dream job would look like and write down the description. Look for overlaps between your job description and the list of things you currently love in your job. You could talk to your supervisor to include these tasks in your daily routine or maybe even transfer to another department that is more relevant to the tasks you enjoy doing.

4.) Ask for support

Consult a co-worker or manager when you feel too swamped up with work or when you are struggling with an aspect of your work. You may be surprised of just how much asking for support can go a long way in alleviating the pressures you may feel at work. It is unnecessary to be afraid of asking for help. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love to help a mate out? If you struggle with talking to someone in your job, you can always have a chat to our friendly team of job consultants.

5.) Expand your network

Workplace challenges are more common than you might think and exist in any industry. Building a network can create a support system to help you when times are tough. Attend meet-ups, events or conferences and get to meet more people in your industry who may be of great help in the future.

6.) Use your benefits

Some jobs offer benefits that you might not be making use of but that could help increase your job satisfaction. Maybe a free or discounted gym membership, perks for local businesses or regular company events. Find out all the benefits your job has to offer and make good use of them.

7.) Stay present

Spending time on Facebook all day draws out your happiness at work. It is impossible to stay focused and love your job when you are distracted and your mind wanders. Choose to stay present while working and focus on the task at hand. You’ll find that you will drastically increase your productivity, and as a result, your happiness and self-confidence.

Loving your job increases your chances of job satisfaction and happiness at work. Utilise these tips to help regain your workplace mojo.

Are you currently facing challenges at work? Employment First Aid is a FREE service to help young people like you stay in work by giving you the necessary skills and tools you need to do your best work, communicate better and be happier at work.

If you need help or advice on how to overcome specific challenges, we’d love to hear from you! Chat with us on Facebook Messenger, send us an email or simply give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

Being Happy At Work: It’s Easier Than You Think

In today’s ever-stressful world, the workplace is no bed of roses for most young employees. The perpetual battle against deadlines, going from meeting to meeting or task to task, and dealing with coworkers can take a toll on your happiness at work. And when you’re unhappy, your job satisfaction and productivity suffer, putting you in even more trouble. It’s a vicious circle that’s a reality in most workplaces.

The truth, however, is that happiness at work is more feasible than you think. How so? Here are five proven strategies from our team here at Employment First Aid for cultivating happiness at work, and making your workplace more fun and enjoyable.

 

5 Proven Strategies for Increased Happiness At Work

 

#1. Ever Heard that Happiness is a Choice?

It’s a cliche, I know, but it is indeed true. If happiness were a ship, then you’d be its captain. So, make happiness at work your choice. Of course, it sounds easier said than done because something as simple as happiness is incredibly hard to put into action.

Each day, you have the choice to focus on either the good or the bad. So, start thinking positively about your workplace, your role, your coworkers, and your boss. Put your focus on what you actually like about your job rather than what you dislike. It’ll do wonders for your happiness at work.

#2. Surround Yourself with Positivity

As much as focusing on the good at work is a choice, so is avoiding gossip and negative/toxic people. Team up and spend time with colleagues that inspire and motivate. These are people who’ll make you feel appreciated and loved. Lesson? Create positive reinforcement for yourself through making positive connections.

#3. Do At Least One Thing You Love Daily

You’d be forgiven for thinking you cannot find something you can love at your current job. But, you can. Take a step back and think about your interests, skills, and zero in on something you can find enjoyable doing every day. You will find that every time you accomplish it, your job satisfaction goes up, and so does your happiness at work. What do you love doing at work? No matter how big or small.

#4. Leverage Feedback

Ever wondered how you’re doing at your job? Not knowing can be frustrating, especially if you’re new to the team. Make an effort of getting regular feedback from your employer, the clients, and even your coworkers. It not only tells you where you stand and how you can improve, but shows the team that you care about the success of the business.

#5. Don’t Punch Above Your Weight

Don’t make commitments at work that you cannot keep. It’s one thing to try to please your boss by promising to deliver a big project “tomorrow morning,” but doing it is a different story. Make sure you set goals you can actually achieve and keep your word. This will earn you trust from your boss and coworkers and establish a good reputation. There’s nothing wrong with being honest and saying that you need more time or help to accomplish a certain task.

Your happiness at work can make a huge difference. With these handy tips, you can improve your productivity and spruce up your overall job satisfaction.

Are you currently facing challenges at work? At Employment First Aid, we’ve made it our mission to help young people like you stay in work by giving them the necessary skills and tools to do their best work, communicate effectively and increase happiness at work.

We’d love to hear from you! Chat with us on Messenger, send us an email or give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

9 Reasons Why Keeping Your Job Is Better Than Looking For A New One

We have all been at a point where our resolution list begins with “Get a new job”. There are factors that may contribute to this decision which may include lack of job satisfaction, workplace challenges, lack of happiness at work or a need to move forward with your career goals. However, finding a new job is not a guarantee that all your job dreams will come true. Unfortunately, this decision can often turn out to be the opposite of what you expected. Here is why you should try to keep your current job rather than look for a new one.

9 Reasons why staying In your job might be better than looking for a new one

 

1.) Finding a new job is not as simple as it appears

There are many people looking to ditch their current jobs. Competition is always stiff. Unfortunately, it is very likely that your competitor in your perfect job is someone with similar skills and experiences as you. Don’t underestimate the time and effort it takes to find a new suitable job, apply for it and actually be the one who gets it.

2.) It would mean starting over

The packages that come with the new job may be enticing. The downside of this is that you will have to start over because many companies have benefits that do not kick in for a period of time. If you have been in a certain role for a period of time, you might be able to receive additional benefits or incentives from your current employer.

3.) Job switching can be stressful

A new job may require you to change locations, working hours, adjusting to a different kind of work and taking on more responsibilities. Studies show that this can be very detrimental to your health if you are not one who adept in no-time. Most importantly, one particular study showed that an employment change is a significant life stressor. Disrupting your work routine will not only affect your personal life but your social life as well.

4.) You will be the newbie

Being the newbie is not always comfortable. You will be the one that needs training and supervision to avoid making mistakes. You might think that you are valuable to the company, but the first 3 months determine whether you are a liability or an asset. Mastering a new job takes time and you may not have as much as you would like.

5.) Relationships take time

Building new relationships with your new boss, colleagues and customers takes time because you are new to the environment. Moreover, building trust can take even longer.

6.) Growth often involves stepping outside your comfort zone

Lack of growth opportunities in an organisation causes stagnation. Stagnation creates an environment of mental absenteeism at the workplace. However, growth does not mean leaving for greener pastures because the grass is always greener elsewhere. You will never grow by following this mentality. Growth comes when you are stretched beyond your comfort zone. Don’t make the mistake to think that a new job is going to fix all your workplace issues and challenges. In fact, it will only create more. The key is to work on yourself first. At Employment First Aid, we do exactly that; help you get better at facing any challenges that arise in your workplace.

7.) Building your network and references

It is easier to get a new job from your current job because you are always interacting with different people who can help you professionally. If you have been in your current job for a while, chances are you already know a whole bunch of people that can help you get to where you want to be in the future.

8.) You have a sense of purpose in your current job

When your work is fulfilling, it gives you structure and peace of mind. It keeps you sharp in a manner that your emotions and mental state are positively influenced and balanced. If, however, you are unfulfilled in your current job or face challenges you don’t quite know how to deal with, have a chat with our friendly team. We team of trained professionals can help you overcome any obstacles that may arise in your current job.

9.) The problem might be you

You may have valid reasons to quit your job. But if it is a pattern then there is an underlying problem with you besides a bad boss or bad working conditions.

Every job has its own set of workplace challenges but that should not be reason enough to quit.

Are you currently facing challenges at work? Employment First Aid is a free service with the goal to help young people like you stay in work by giving them the necessary skills and tools that empower them to do their best work, communicate better and increase job satisfaction. We are here to listen and help you get more out of your job, and your life.

Chat with us on Messenger, send us an email or give us a call anytime, on 1800 118 008.

7 Signs You Could Be Losing Your Job Tomorrow (And How to Prevent It)

Some people can sense when something bad is just about to happen at work. Here, something bad refers to losing the job. The reasons for this are wide ranging. For some, the workplace challenges seem too much to bear. However, the worst thing you can do is ignore when things are going a little awry.

Below are a few signs worth being on the lookout for when you start feeling anxious about going to work.

1. You Receive Several Bad Performance Reviews

A single negative evaluation should not set your alarm bells ringing. However, you have a reason for worrying if you get several of them within a short period of time. The situation worsens if the bad performance reviews follow warnings from your employer. Get clear about what exactly is expected from you in your job and be open about challenges you might be facing. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

2. You’re Not Told What’s Happening

Employees who are still part of the group will always be told what’s happening or be involved in decision-making. It gets worse if the information the employer or your colleagues are keeping you away from is essential for your productivity. As a result, you might even feel excluded and not part of the team anymore. If so, it might be time to get professional advice from someone outside the company who can help you talk to your employer to resolve any underlying issues. Employment First Aid can help you do exactly that. It’s a free service and our team always has your best interest at heart. You can chat with us anytime, on Messenger, over the phone, or simply by sending us an email.

3. You’re Asked To Perform Miracles

No matter how gifted you are, it’s just not possible to perform certain tasks. Your employer knows it. You have every reason for getting jittery when you are constantly asked to do work akin to getting water out of a rock. You might be uncomfortable to speak up about this, ask for help when you need it or even decline doing certain tasks. Problems often arise when these issues aren’t communicated. If you feel overwhelmed or anxious at work because of this, have a chat with our friendly team. We can help you.

4. Your Relationship With Your Boss Is Worsening

Take a keen interest in the type of relationship you have with your employer. Watch out if the friendliness has gone out of the window to be replaced with sourness. Make an effort to find out why this is happening and try to mend the relationship where possible. Not everyone is comfortable to speak up about certain issues at work. But over time, keeping these negative experiences to yourself can result in unnecessary stress, anxiety and even depression. The good news is, you don’t have to go through this alone. At Employment First Aid we can help you through any challenges you are currently facing at work. It’s a free service, so get in touch with one of our consultants whenever you’re ready.

5. You Are No Longer Trusted With More Responsibilities

Has your employer stopped trusting you with certain responsibilities? Does your boss keep the highly valued and sensitive projects from you? This could indicate that your time at the company is about to end. This could not only mess with your job satisfaction, but result in you being jobless. We can work with you to prevent this from happening by giving you the necessary tools and tips to work through any challenges at work.

6. You Are Micromanaged

Be alert so you can notice when your superiors are micromanaging you. Alternatively, they may be ignoring you completely. Whatever the case, these aren’t good signs. The goal is to make you uncomfortable to a point where you feel justified to quit. But before you do, talk to us about how we might be able to help you. If you’d prefer to keep your job, rather than looking for a new one, give us a call. It’s free.

7. Praise is gone

Your boss may forget to praise you once or twice. When this becomes the norm, however, you have every reason for worrying. If praise ceases to come your way, even if you achieve great things, this can indicate a change in attitude towards you.

Your happiness at work is crucial. Do not give up and leave simply because you are no longer happy. Instead, do your part. Continue giving your all. Ask your employer, or the HR department, for a meeting to find out what’s happening. Ask them to tell you what to do to change the situation for the better.

Or contact Employment First Aid if you think you’re on the verge of losing your job! We’ve made it our mission to help young people like you stay in work by giving them the necessary skills and tools to do their best work, communicate effectively and increase happiness at work.

We’d love to hear from you! Chat with us on Messenger, send us an email or give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

Struggling At Work? Here’s What To Do About It

When work gets on top of us, it can be totally demoralising. But rather than wallow in self pity, it’s a time to get motivated. Here’s how to get your mojo back in the office…

When Austin Powers lost his mojo in the hit comedy film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, it was all-consuming. It drained his personality to the extent that the saucy secret agent became a mere shadow of his former self. It’s the same when we lose our mojo in the office. When work gets on top of us, it can affect everything we do, from how it impacts our job to how we relate to our loved ones. When the spark goes, just like Austin Powers, we need to make it our mission to get it back!

There are many reasons why someone might be struggling at work. Being overworked is a number one cause which can lead to stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. Boredom is another factor where an employee is not being challenged enough or doesn’t know how to challenge themselves. There could be some kind of unresolved conflict with colleagues in the office which is pulling your work down, or it could be the fact that you have no clear path of how to get ahead and you’re floundering. The point is that even if you are good at your job, there are times when you might feel your quality of work is not as it should be, but rather than see yourself as failing, it’s the perfect time to question why you’re struggling.

The first sign that things aren’t quite as they should be is that Monday morning feeling. “If you’re not looking forward to work, that’s a key indicator,” says Jo Ellen Grzyb, of Impact Factory, an agency specialising in career coaching and training. “When I was in a job where I was unhappy I certainly went through a phase of not wanting to get up in the morning. Now I’m doing something I love, even if I’m tired I wake up with fresh ideas, I look forward to seeing colleagues and the journey to work.”

Making mistakes in your work is another indicator that all is not well. “If you start making ‘school boy errors’ it shows that you are just not engaged anymore,” agrees Jo Ellen. “Another sign is a diminished work load – you faff around on the internet or spend time on the phone to look busy but you’re not doing the work. In fact, staying late in the office is often an indicator that things aren’t right – you want to look busy but you are having to catch up on the work you didn’t do in the day!”

It’s easy to see how this pattern of behaviour can become a downward spiral but it’s vital that you take charge of the situation. It’s all about getting yourself out of that bubble of routine, comfort and complacency. A great quick fix is to have a change. “Step away,” advises Jo Ellen. “Take two weeks and go away or just stay at home but give yourself a breath of fresh air and time to clear your head.”

You should come back to the office revitalised, full of momentum to make some changes at work. “Something everyone can do in an organisation is to change how they are viewed at work,” says Jo Ellen. “Raise your profile by asking for support. Go to your boss and ask them to read through a document you have just written, or approach someone whom you admire and ask if you can pick their brains about something. Invite yourself to brain-storming sessions and try to get yourself a mentor, someone who can inspire you. After all, we’re happy to brainstorm with our peers, so why not someone who is two grades above you?”

Another way to revitalise yourself is to do something extra-curricular that’s nothing to do with work at all. Choose something that you enjoy doing just for enjoyment’s sake, that stretches you mentally or physically, whether it’s a Zumba class, art lessons or poetry reading. “By learning something new you’ll be stretching your brain and this will help you fell more energised,” says Jo Ellen. “I personally love gardening and have an allotment and that’s my thing for outside of work. Doing something extra-curricular will help you engage more in the office.”

If you find that taking control of the situation yourself is not working, then ask for help. A good boss will make it a priority to ensure that their workers are happy, so let your line manager know that you’re feeling bored right now, for example, and ask if there’s anything else you could be doing. “This approach generally works,” says Jo Ellen. “As a manager, I’d much rather someone came to me and said they were struggling than for them to leave with me not knowing why.”

When you find things tough at work, rather than take the easy option of quitting, explore the reasons why, then set about trying to change the pattern of behaviour you’re in. It’s amazing how energised you’ll feel by taking some control over your career – and just like Austin, you’ll soon find you’ve got your mojo back!