Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz from colleagues about being unhappy in their current jobs. The usual lament being mostly;
“I am not doing what I was doing back home”; “I am bored because of the first reason” and, lastly, “do all companies manage this way?”.
Well, surprise surprise – we have moved out of our natural environment into a strange new one and most of us are doing different jobs because we are desperate to work and, of course it is new and strangely different. But what happens when you have settled into your new home abroad but still feeling the same way 6 months down the line with your new job? That is because the excitement of moving abroad has worn off and you are realizing that every job no matter where you are, is exactly the same, except you have probably changed your career path. So, what can you do about it? There is lots that you can do but not all of them possible especially if you are working purely for the monetary value namely; Extrinsic motivation (Strickland)
What can you do about it then? Remember that quote: “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up!” (Regina Brett). Repetition gets you into the groove and where your body is – your mind will follow. Unhappy employees create an unhappy atmosphere which infects every employee around them. Unhappy employees are also unproductive employees. So, apart from showing up, change your work processes, surround yourself with positive colleagues, learn the culture, learn a new language, make new friends and above all, be happy. You will find that when you change your attitude – your job will also get easier and your home life and your new country ergo.
Till next time
As always love Honeybee xxxx