When you get a new job, everything feels fresh and exciting, and it’s loaded with wonderful potential for you and the skills you have and want to grow. A year later? Meh, not so much. The New York Times’ The Workologist responded to someone finding themselves in a different job than they were hired for with an idea for how to rekindle the romance.
Have a Well-Thought-Out Heart-to-Heart With Your Manager
Since company needs are always changing, employees’ responsibilities often do too. It’s entirely possible your boss doesn’t even realize the extent to which your job has changed, and is even less aware that it’s not sitting well with you. With that in mind, plan out what you want to say.
Explain What’s Going On
You could start the conversation by recapping what excited you about your job and then talk about how it’s been evolving away from your skill set and ambitions. And add that you feel that your skills aren’t benefiting the company as much as you know they could. This way, you won’t be accusing your boss of anything, and are less likely to create an adversarial mood in the room. You’re there to work this out together.
Second, since you want to work things out, bring some possible solutions to the meeting. Look for ways in which your skills and the company’s new priorities overlap in a more beneficial way.
Read the Writing on the Wall
Talking to your boss this way will reveal whether there’s a solution forthcoming. If there is, great. If what you need and what the boss needs just don’t align, you have an answer to your unstated question: you need to find another job.
It’s important to consider that it’s unlikely the company is disappointing you deliberately, and that it’s important for you to get and stay calm so you have a chance of resolving the problem amicably with your superior.