So in the last Post we uncovered some ways to find stagnation. In this post we will be covering a couple of ways to treat the stagnation after you discovered you are infected by it. This can force you into some seriously complicated situations and perhaps some very unconformable ones.
But how do we treat Stagnation before we decide its best to move on from your job?
Cut the fat out of your day
Cutting the spare time out of your day can help with treating stagnation, being able to fill your day with interesting tasks that may not have to do with your job description but enhance your career is a good first step.
You enjoy what interests you right? So if your current job doesn’t interest you perhaps there is some steps you can take to fill your day with interesting tasks while still completing your responsibilities. Simple things like putting VMware workstation on your work PC and standing up your first Linux box. Discovering new technologies is a great way to fill some time within your day. Leaning a new skill on your own will show your boss you are ready for a more advanced job and you have the ambition to do it. This is done by spending every minute at your work doing something productive and interesting.
Lean on your colleagues
Bother your colleagues and ask what they are doing. Show the ambition to proactively work with your team members, even if their job has nothing to do with yours. Sometimes they will say no. and that is fine move to the next person until you find someone who can teach you some new skills. When that colleague and yourself get more comfortable working together they will rely on you more for small tasks. and also provide a voice to your manager when it comes to taking on more advanced tasks and less minute tasks.
And plus misery loves company. Maybe your colleagues feel the same way about the company, and working in two’s is a lot better than working alone. At that point you can be an effective voice for change when there are two of you with the same concerns. So when you talk to your manager they will know its not just one engineer that has a issue this makes a huge difference
Got a manager?
This is the hardest part of trying to treat stagnation and that is talking to your manager about your current roles and responsibilities. depending on the kind of relationship you have with your manager this can go one of two ways.
First way is good.
You sit down to have an honest and polite discussion with your manager about where you see yourself in 5-10 years career wise. Tell them what you want to learn and how they can potentially help. This conversation is the easiest and will usually be the conversation that will be had. This shows that your manager cares about his employee’s and wants to provide them with the opportunity to learn and thrive in their current work environment. If your manager is anything close to a good manager this conversation will end with some proactive steps you guys can take together to work on your career path and what you expect to gain from working at that company.
Having this plan is nice but it only works when you and your manager put your 100% commitment into it. If you both have the end goal in mind and your manager is halfway decent you will come out on top and at least for a short time your stagnation will be lifted.
But then there is the second way….
Do you have a manager? Does your manager only care about his paycheck? Does your manager not care about his employee’s because he is retiring in 5 year? well for three easy payments of mental stability we can fix your problems.
Having a conversation with a manager who just does give a rats ass is a hard spot to be in and honestly working for someone like that just plain sucks ass.
So what do we do about said manager?
- Do we just don’t even bother and leave?
- Do we go to his boss?
- Do we just learn on our own and hope we don’t get caught?
There is one of two ways that work with these kinds of managers. The first is to have a Polite but frank discussion with them. Kind of like the first way. At this point that will do one of two things. it will either
- A. Put a fire under their ass even if just for a short while.
- B. They will get aggravated and hold a grudge and it will be very awkward
- C. They will find any excuse to fire you.
- D. Nothing changes
Those choices don’t sound to bad right? Well I have been in the situations where my “managers” have been out to get me. Just for showing them their flaws in managing. So when i say a Polite but frank discussion that is exactly what it needs to be. Tell them what you want to learn and tell them how you want to learn it. Tell them everything that could be better about the company or the team. Now don’t get me wrong this could cause some issues so do this AT YOUR OWN RISK. But it is worth a try even for the managers that don’t seem to give a rats ass. Have the discussion about your career, it is important to you so it should be important to your manager. If it isn’t then leave that job immediately. It is not worth you being miserable and stagnant in your job because some crappy manager has had enough of this world. Find greener pastures and embrace the change.