Arthur Schopenhauer once wrote that we have two choices to make in our lives: boredom and suffering. In the Western world, it’s fair to say that a large chunk of the population has chosen boredom, or routine if you will.
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Many of us detest change and adore routine. In today’s society, it’s simple and easy to establish a set schedule: wake up, go to work, get home, eat and go to sleep, and get ready for the weekend. This is a routine without any problems, difficulties or stresses. So why bother changing it?
The exact same kind of thinking can seep into our careers. We’ve been working at the same job for the past four years performing the same duties day in and day out without any hiccups. Our employment positions have transformed into an eight-hour habit but with a paycheck. Again, why bother changing it?
A lot of us become complacent in our own lives and too comfortable at our own offices. Although it may be bliss to live life without any immense hurdles to overcome, this type of routine may negatively affect your career path, in the long run. It could come in the form of unemployment through restructuring and the inability of finding work. It could come in the form of zero raises or promotions. Moreover, you could just become disenfranchised with your own life.
Here are 7 signs you are complacent and too comfortable at your job:
1. Stuck in Neutral
You arrive at work at 8:45 a.m., take a noon lunch break, perform the same responsibilities as you did a year ago and exit the premises at 5 p.m. This can be rather monotonous as time goes by because we all need to face new challenges, overcome obstacles and achieve an objective at our workplace. Otherwise, it can feel we’re in purgatory.
2. Your Work is Meaningless
Is your work unfulfilling? Is it doing anything to positively change the lives of others? Even if your job isn’t making a dent on the suffering of humanity, your position can still feel hebetudinous and meaningless in other ways, such as not helping in exceeding profit goals or enhancing the research and development department.
3. Lack of Communication
At the beginning of your career, you spoke with upper management on a regular basis to pontificate your ideas for a new product or a concept to ramp up budgets. However, years have gone by and you have rarely uttered a word to the boss, except maybe at the Christmas Party where you nearly said the entire phrase of "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."
4. Not Taking Responsibility
You’re passing off the blame or mistakes to other members of your team. Also, you’re not taking any leadership over a new project that has come in. Instead, you’re just standing in the background and waiting for instructions rather than taking matters into your own hands. You’ve become fixed to the office like the wallpaper.
5. Refusing to Update Your Skills
Ten years ago, you finally received your Masters Degree in computer engineering and you obtained several certifications in your field. Since then, you haven’t accomplished anything nor have you researched certain skills that are in demand in your industry. Instead, you’ve relished in mediocrity and refused to update your skills or seek out new ones.
6. Last to Arrive, First to Leave
It has been three years since you arrived at the office at 8:15 a.m. Nowadays, you are usually the last one to arrive and the first one to leave. Also, you’re ecstatic when the office closes early for the day because of routine maintenance, or the client decided to delay the project for another day.
7. No Exit Plan
Indeed, we all have certain plans for our careers. Even when certain aspects derail us, our plans are still somewhat suitable to the entire scheme we have for ourselves and our career. Today, you currently have no exit plan and are just biding your time waiting for something devastating or good to happen, whether it’s a dismissal (likely) or a promotion (unlikely).
Complacency is the bane of anyone’s career. It’s understandable in many ways: some companies aren’t loyal to their staff so why bother? Other firms practice nepotism and don’t reward hard work. This may be true, but every worker must invoke challenges to remain competitive, marketable and in demand with strong human capital. If you’re just sitting there collecting a paycheck then all you are is dust and wind at the office.