1.) Figure out who your best friend is at work (community, insight, relatability, no judgment).
There tends to be a high correlation between work fatigue or losing interest in your work and isolation and loneliness. Having a close confidant, lunch buddy or
2.) Ask someone to mentor you to get feedback.
This person will look out for you, helping you avoid missteps and navigate career growth. Doing this is an outward show of being engaged and ignited by your work. Asking for mentorship proactively is the key. Don’t wait to have a boss tell you to find a mentor. When that happens, it’s because something probably isn’t going well. Choose someone you admire, has performed well, is well respected by leadership and employees, and willing to provide feedback. (Tip – avoid narcissists. They tend to be poor mentors).
3.) Be a mentor to someone else (unconditionally help someone the way you’d imagine someone helping you).
The insight here is that we all need feedback and mentorship. There’s not enough mentorship in the world and the person you help will be honored that you’ve offered to provide feedback and support. You don’t have to force yourself on anyone and it doesn’t need to be very formal.
4.) Find a kernel of something you really enjoy in your role or within your company and get curious and engaged with it.
The enjoyment you get from this, even if it’s not your primary duty, will make the workday more engaging and fun. The only catch – you need to be performing in your actual job before you can take on side or passion projects. Hint – approach your manager or executive leader first to present your idea in order to get their buy-in and support. If you don’t, you might get scolded for working on something outside of your job duties.
Eli Howayeck (MBA, Kellogg School of Management), Founder and CEO of Crafted Career Concepts, is passionate about helping motivated people achieve their career, educational, or personal goals and helping businesses, large and small, overcome a variety of challenges facing their business.