Don't get too comfortable in your job!
Published: 22 Feb 2016 By Georgina Bloomfield
After initially landing a new job, most of us will start our first day by dressing just that little bit too well and become star employees in our first hour. We shake hands with everyone we meet and try our best to remember names, departments, job titles and office etiquette. How many times have you been going the extra mile at your job, only to realise that you were overthinking an issue or that the extra effort you put in wasn’t actually needed? It always takes us time to get ‘settled in’ to our new jobs, but after a while it’s very common to become rather complacent.
It doesn’t mean that you’re not a good employee. What it does mean is that you’ve settled in to the company well and you know how your job and your department work. You no longer feel the need to wear a tie every day and you’ve guessed by now that it’s probably not necessary to let everyone know what you’re doing all the time.
However, there is a difference between getting settled into your role and becoming a bit too comfortable. When you’re settled in you should still feel motivation to succeed at your job and make sure all targets are met for your department and therefore the company. Everything you do should still remain in the best interests of your employer. When you’re too comfortable, you might find that you’ve started taking certain things for granted and you’ve lost the motivation for success. Here are a few signs that you might be getting too relaxed in your job:
You slack around your manager’s schedule
This is one of the top signs that you’re getting too complacent in your job. You know when your boss starts and finishes work, what days they might not be in the office and how long their meetings are going to be for. If you find yourself slacking when they’re not around, then you’re showing signs that you don’t really care what happens in your work environment when the enforcer isn’t there to keep you in check. It shows a lack of motivation on your part, and your colleagues will be able to notice it too.
The thought of staying longer than necessary to work seems ridiculous
Everyone needs to stay a little later from time to time to show that they’re willing to put in extra effort where it’s needed. However, if you find that you simply can’t wait to get out of the door (and you’re experiencing this at the beginning of the day) you’ve definitely lost motivation to work hard or go the extra mile in your career. It could mean that you dislike your job rather than being too comfortable. It also indicates that you’re not too bothered about the quality of your work either if you’re rushing to get things done so you can finish on time. This also applies for coming into work early too. Some people prefer to go into the office earlier so they can get tasks out of the way that require a certain amount of concentration.
You’re unwilling to get any extra skills or training
If you’ve got to the point where the idea of going through extra training or skills building gives you a headache, it could be an indicator that you’re unwilling to expand the direction of your career. Extra training or CPD (continuing professional development can open so many doors for you, and if you’re getting too comfortable in your job then this is the first thing you need to address. When you have a bigger skillset you can begin to give yourself more challenges during your career, and in the long term you can expect to get promoted or find an even better job because of your training or extra qualifications. Read my article here on why CPD is important in any career.
You’ve pulled a sickie at least once
Yet another sign of coming to a halt in your career is when you pull a sickie at work because you’ve got a bad case of the Mondays. It’s not uncommon to phone in sick when you could actually face the day ahead at work, but you need to ask yourself why you’re doing it. Is it because you hate the thought of the long commute? Do you dislike your colleagues? Or is there a task you know you need to get done that you don’t want to face?
You no longer dress smartly
It’s not the strongest sign that you’ve become too comfortable, and we all do start our first day just that little bit overdressed for work. Of course most of us settle in with the dress code after a while as we become more relaxed. However, if you’ve stopped putting in effort altogether and you’re borderline unprofessional in your attire, you need to take a look at your work priorities and think about why you don’t want to make an effort on your physical appearance at work. Sometimes it could simply be that the dress code in the entire office has become more relaxed and you’re just fitting in. Alternatively it may be down to your own complacence.
You don’t set up meetings or attend them
Sometimes it’s not your responsibility to set up meetings, and occasionally it can be rather pointless to attend meetings that you’re invited to because it affects your overall productivity. However, if you know you need to speak to colleagues about something and you know a meeting needs to be scheduled, rather than leaving it to someone else to organise, use the initiative and get things moving yourself. If you’ve stopped attending weekly or monthly meetings because you can’t be bothered, this again is a sign that you’re too comfortable in your job or that you don’t want to be given any new work.
You put things off constantly and that lunch break was a bit longer than usual
Procrastination is a huge sign of being too comfortable at work. When you lose motivation for a task, you try to put it off as much as possible. Procrastination happens to all of us, but if it’s something that you’re doing all the time it’s not a good sign. Are you bored at work? Afraid of failing? Read my article here about how to manage your time a bit better if you’ve gone off course.
Overall, no motivation and little effort is put into your job or career. Most of us get too comfortable in our jobs when we don’t want anything around us to change and when it does, we can’t adapt very well. If you don’t want to use your intuition and you avoid more challenging tasks, you could be afraid of failing or trying something new. If you recognise some of the signs above, speak to your manager about getting some new responsibilities and work on making your current duties drive even better results. Get some more training and expand your skills! Alternatively, get another job.