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Natalie Hast­ings

Elite Property Manager - - CONTENTS - Natalie Hast­ings is the Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of hast­ings + co. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit hast­ingsandco.com.au.

You can't say when it be­gan ex­actly. You were happy in your role, and the cul­ture of your or­gan­i­sa­tion felt a per­fect fit. But some­where along the way a nagging sense of dis­con­tent has crept into your daily ex­pe­ri­ence at work. Sun­day nights feel de­press­ing, and you might be feel­ing bored – or worse – an­gry.

If this sounds fa­mil­iar, it's likely you've reached a stale­mate in your pro­fes­sional growth. To avoid sink­ing fur­ther into frus­tra­tion – which can lead to bel­liger­ence and di­min­ished per­for­mance – don't ig­nore the nig­gling signs of dis­con­tent. Iden­ti­fy­ing that you are no longer happy in your workday is crit­i­cal to tak­ing pos­i­tive ac­tion – whether that means chang­ing up your role or seek­ing a new chal­lenge else­where.

Plan to make 2019 your best year yet by po­si­tion­ing your­self in the right role and ask­ing your­self the crit­i­cal ques­tions: is it you, or the agency you work for? Should you stay or should you go?

Con­sider stay­ing if …

You love the agency you work with. The pos­i­tive busi­ness cul­ture that has made your ca­reer plea­sur­able and ful­fill­ing un­til now de­serves fur­ther com­mit­ment! Don't as­sume that your prin­ci­pal or de­part­ment head is a min­dreader; sit down with them and ex­plain the kind of role you'd like to pur­sue. Clearly de­fine the ways you will add value to your busi­ness in this po­si­tion.

You feel there's more to learn in your role. Whilst it is true that we can al­ways learn more in any role, you may feel stymied in your cur­rent role be­cause you are not re­ceiv­ing the train­ing and sup­port re­quired to re­ally thrive. Speak with your man­ager to iden­tify whether ad­di­tional train­ing and pro­fes­sional sup­port can be made avail­able to you.

You need a hol­i­day! As we ap­proach the close of the year and busiest leas­ing pe­riod, over­whelm and over­work can cloud our vi­sion. Learn to rest, not to quit. If you're still feel­ing dis­con­tented af­ter you've had time to re­cu­per­ate, it is time to meet with your man­ager and have a more in-depth con­ver­sa­tion.

You've had your con­cerns heard by your em­ployer, and they've pre­sented you with a clear roadmap to ca­reer pro­gres­sion. Your ideal role may not be im­me­di­ately avail­able in your or­gan­i­sa­tion, but you know that within a given timeframe you will adopt a new role (and pay grade).

Con­sider leav­ing if …

You are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion or bul­ly­ing in your work­place. If you've ad­dressed your con­cerns with your su­pe­ri­ors and no ac­tion has been taken to ad­dress the mat­ter raised, move on – the cost of con­tin­u­ing to ex­pose your­self to dis­re­spect is not worth the fi­nan­cial re­ward.

The cul­ture in your agency is an­ti­thet­i­cal to your own. If you feel as though the prac­tices in your agency do not serve your clients eth­i­cally, move on to greener pas­tures.

You've ex­pressed your de­sire to change or vary your role for some time, and you re­main with­out a roadmap to ca­reer pro­gres­sion. If you are gen­uinely un­happy in your role, have ex­pressed your mis­giv­ings and do not feel you are be­ing heard, it may be time to con­tinue your ca­reer else­where.

When con­sid­er­ing the next step in your ca­reer, be care­ful not to ‘throw the baby out with the bath­wa­ter'. Be­fore mak­ing a grand exit in frus­tra­tion, take time to speak frankly with your em­ployer: your next great pro­fes­sional ad­ven­ture could be closer to home than you think.

IDEN­TI­FY­ING THAT YOU ARE NO LONGER HAPPY IN YOUR WORKDAY IS CRIT­I­CAL TO TAK­ING POS­I­TIVE AC­TION.

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