Do you think the perfect job exists? When we feel that we’ve hit the motherload, we can do everything we can to keep hold of it. Sometimes it’s the career that we want, but sometimes it’s the environment that we thrive in. But what happens when you think you’ve got the perfect job common but you don’t feel supported by your employers? It’s something that so many people go through now and can result in numerous mental health problems. So what can we do to overcome this, without having to leave the job?
Going straight to the source
Yes, it’s easier said than done, especially when we feel that we’re in an environment that’s not particularly supportive, or in fact, is built on a culture of fear. Sometimes we can feel band by our duties so we don’t feel we have the time to voice our concerns but also, we might feel that we work in a particularly unsafe environment. If you work in an unsafe environment it’s your duty to voice your concerns, and if your superior doesn’t listen to, you’ve got to go further until they understand that you mean business. It could end up going to a workers comp lawyer, but when you don’t feel supported by your employer, you’ve got to at least try and engage them. Sometimes, they don’t understand the pressures you’re facing. So if you voice your concerns you might very well be pleasantly surprised.
Accept parts of the job you cannot change
Nothing is perfect, and when we are faced with a difficult situation, it’s important that we focus on things that we do have control over. The big problem with stress is that we can feel that everything is out of control. When you think about the company, you don’t necessarily have a say with the working situation, or the financial issues, but what you can do is focus on your own situation. It’s at those moments where you have to focus on yourself, rather than everyone else.
Displaying behaviors of avoidance, like taking too much caffeine, or drinking outside of work, are, basically, crutches. If you want to deal with stress, you’ve got to do it the right way. This means that you need to confront your own issues with the role. Sometimes we can feel that we’re onto a good thing, and we worked so hard to get this position, but it’s not what we envisaged. As such, we could very easily tell ourselves that we aren’t doing something right, or we’re undergoing a temporary blip, but this is just distracting ourselves from the questions we have to ask ourselves eventually.
If you work in a job where you don’t feel supported, is it something that has happened within the business recently? Remember, it’s the culture of the organization, but sometimes it’s the nature of the role. It can be very disheartening, especially if we work hard to achieving what we feel is the perfect role, especially when we trained for it. But this is why, before we go into a job, and dive deep, we need to ensure that we’re comfortable, not just in the job, but in our own skin.