You’ve been slugging it out at your current organization and you just realized something. You don’t care. You don’t care about the organization, it’s fortunes, anything really. The lingering doubt was always somewhere in the corner of your mind. But now it has amplified into something much bigger. Common signs are disinterest in daily affairs, apathy towards your projects and assignments and a complete lack of motivation to climb the corporate ladder. The reasons could be varied; you have found someplace better with a hefty package and benefits, you don’t enjoy what you do and want to shift career, you have the worst boss with pathetic work conditions or something entirely else.
With no sense of attachment to the job or the organization, theirs is less motivation for you to stay interested. This kind of attitude is noticed generally in people who have started serving their notice period. They are fully aware that they need not care about any of their actions or its consequences. Their apathy to projects, staff, employees and office rules is admired and loathed in equal measure by their co-workers.You now need to keep yourself from showing how very little interest or regard you may have for your job and place of business. Even if you are now deciding to change jobs or find a new career, you need to ensure the rest of your time in this job remains consistent with your past. If you want to leave the job and haven’t started the notice period i.e. haven’t given your resignation, it is imperative that you at the very least pretend to seem interested.
Here are some tips for staying engaged,
Don’t confide in anyone
Even if you are bored at the job and are mulling a job change, it is not wise to start talking about it with anyone and everyone. These kind of office gossips are like forest fires ; everyone gets pulled in. People will start looking for flaws in your methodology and might even inform the boss about it.
Try something new.
Even though you are a lot closer to the end of the job, strive to try something new. The best way to stimulate attention and interest at work is to engage in something new. Since you are doing stuff you don’t normally do, it does tend to make you more alert at work. It breaks the monotony.
For the same reason that we recommended you to do something fresh at workplace, to get the proverbial juices flowing, enrol yourself to learn a new skill to perk up your work life. It really stimulates the brain and gets rid of boredom. And a new skill to write about in your resume will definitely not hurt.
Pay attention to your performance.
Make sure that you don’t slip up in terms of performance. This can get you noticed for all the wrong reasons. Even if it consumes a bit more time and energy do try to keep your performance stable.
“Act” your way through the day.
Make it seem like that you actually care about what you’re doing. Ask questions about the projects, follow up on answers given and make positive statements about outcome. It takes a helluva lot of will power though.
Watch your office hours.
Even if you don’t feel like it, don’t shrink your work hours so that it is noticeable. People will start asking uncomfortable questions.
Watch what you say to yourself.
What you talk about with your inner conscience can truly affect your opinions. Once you’ve established the fact that you don’t want to slog at your current job, make sure that you should not dwell too hard on it. It can only serve to make things worse.
The transition period between discovering the lack of spark and actually quitting for real can vary from person to person, sometimes extending to years. If that indeed happens with you then you need to make sure that you at least look engaged in the office on the surface. Fake it till you make it.