According to the Gallup report “State of the Global Workplace 2022”, 60% of people feel emotionally detached at work and 19% feel unhappy at work. After the last two years, many people are showing signs of disengagement and dissatisfaction at work. How do you feel about this?
Fortunately, anyone who feels disengaged, stuck or unfulfilled at work can use design thinking to re-imagine their career and take small, achievable steps to transform their work-life.
Design thinking is often used by product designers and is an iterative problem-solving method to drive innovation. Design thinking focuses on trying new things and iterating processes rather than thinking and planning comprehensively.
When it comes to our careers, many of us get stuck in thinking and planning mode because career change involves risk and the security of a known job is more reassuring than embarking on unknown paths to counter that we feel unhappy at work
What’s more, most people don’t know where to start when they are unhappy. They often think that the only way to achieve greater satisfaction is to quit their job. But this is often unrealistic. Especially if you already have a family and children. So the solution is to take a design thinking approach and take small baby steps to try things out.
So how can we approach professional fulfillment and more meaning?
For example, if you feel unhappy at work, ask yourself today:
⚪️Was do you enjoy your job the most? And why?
⚪️Worin would your friends say you are exceptionally good at? And what are you not good at?
⚪️Was brings you the most joy? And what frustrates you the most?
⚪️Wieso Have you made any formative career and life decisions?
⚪️Wo Is your biggest challenge at the moment? What is actually holding you back?
These questions will help you develop ideas about what you could move towards and what you should stay away from. They help you to recognize roadblocks and then develop the appropriate paths that will take you to your goal. Sometimes we believe that we absolutely have to change jobs, when it is often enough to make a small shift into a related field to find much more professional fulfillment.