Have you gotten to the point in your job that you just hate getting up in the morning to go to work? Have you seriously thought about quitting and joining all the other job seekers out there looking for work? This of course would be the worst case scenario because most people know just how hard it is to get a job these days. So maybe there is a way that you can sit down and talk to your boss about how you can make changes in your work that might help motivate you again.
First before you even go off to talk with your boss you need to figure out what exactly are the problems that are making you no longer like your job. Is it that you feel overworked and you simply don’t have enough time to get the work done? Is there a fellow employee that you simply can no longer tolerate working with? Are you confused on what is expected of you and what you should be accomplishing on the job? Ask these questions and others and then make a list of the problems that come out of these questions. You should have this list done before you talk to your boss about how you feel. When you approach your boss, if you have all the facts down and you are straight forward with him he is probably going to be more willing to help you solve your problems if you give him good factual reasons why you are unhappy.
Also before approaching your boss you should consider the different consequences might be for being open with him about you being unhappy. Are you a good enough employee that your boss is not going to want to see you leave because you are unhappy? Or is he the type of person that thinks it will take too much effort to make you happy and just find someone else who will do the job instead. So, if you can’t afford to lose your job without having another one first and you don’t think your boss will understand then you may not want to have a talk with your boss.
If you do think it will be OK to talk to your boss about your feelings, it is best then that you set up a time you can talk when there will be very few interruptions, if any. Try to avoid meetings that take place later in the day, just like you, your boss wants to go home. Both you and your boss should be fresh and still have energy when you meet. It’s also a good idea to let your boss know the reason you want to meet is to go over ways that might help you to improve how you perform on the job.
Once you get a meeting with your boss, make sure to let him know about all of the problems that are making you unhappy about doing your job. Help him to understand that these problems serve as barriers for you and for doing your job well. Whatever you do, don’t make your boss feel like it’s his fault that you have these problems, because that will get you nowhere and will be less willing to listen to you. Make sure that you show the boss you believe all of these things can be resolved and that you would appreciate his help if at all possible to resolve the issues.
A common thing most bosses will ask if you are thinking of leaving. You should have rehearsed your answer well before the meeting. Whatever your answer is, you still need to leave your boss thinking that no matter what you really don’t want to have to leave. So it’s important to never make demands or hand out threats of any kind during this meeting.
Take it upon yourself during the meeting to offer up suggestions on how you think the problems could be resolved. But whatever you do, don’t make him feel like you are no open to his suggestions at the same time though, don’t totally rely on your boss to do all the work in solving the issues. Make sure to gently remind your boss that happy employees are ones that will more than likely put out a better effort.