Not feeling fulfilled at work? This might be why.
By: Erin Leslie
Are your work products and talents being diminished? How do you know?
Diminishing language or behaviour can be tricky to identify sometimes, especially if you are looking up to the other person as a mentor.
Constructive feedback is a key indicator.
Leaders who support their teams typically share knowledge and best practices as an investment in you. After a collaborative effort or task review meeting you should feel like your next version or action will be your best!
If you’re facing a wall of disappointment after your meetings, take some time to reflect on your own actions, the mentor relationships you have, the type of language being discussed and what you need from it to improve.
How do you attempt to relay key message to your work peers and or mentors and ask them for guidance that fills your productivity bank? Not empties it.
Career counselling helps you understand the “ick” in your work-life and establish ways on how you can work to improve difficult or diminishing relationships. It highlights key areas that could be impacting your quality of work and provide you with implementable tools on how to improve them.
Here are some key reflections that can help you identify if you have positive working relationships and supportive communication at your current job:
- How would you rate your ability to be assertive when its most necessary.
- Are you able to extend compassion at moments when it counts at work?
- How do you transmit information to your team or peers positively?
- How do you internalize stressful or negative information?
- Do you see relationship building as an enabler or a hurdle?
- Do you wish you could set personal work boundaries that support your needs emotionally but that don’t cut you off from the work team?
- Are you able to inform a colleague that you are not satisfied with their communication style and need them to meet you in a different space?
- How do you promote open and collaborative thinking at work?
- What is your network worth to you and how to evaluate its value?
Career coaching gives you tools to improve balanced work relationships and improves your career reach with how to grow a productive professional network. Have more confidence in your vocational relationships for a more focused work-life outcome for your future.
Erin Leslie is a career counsellor at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR). Recenlty named 2022 Top 15 Coaches in Ottawa. With over 20 years in business leading technology teams delivering innovation in private and public sectors, Erin understands the complexity of career building and business strengths through an emotional intelligence lens. She publicly speaks about the invisible skillset EQ and how industries are shifting to a more human-centered focus to improve outcomes for employees, products and services. Erin is certified in EQ-i 2.0 assessments, performs vocational assessment analysis, and career planning to help professionals, teams and newcomers’ with all aspects of business negotiation, personal branding, networking and career accelerator skills. She believes that every career could benefit from career counselling.