Imagine for a moment that being dissatisfied had a marketable dollar value attached to it. It’s not too far off from the truth; everyone suffers when employees aren’t satisfied with work. We lose roughly half a trillion dollars to employee dissatisfaction annually and it can be easily avoided. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Lewis Garrad explain how to tell your boss that you aren’t engaged at work.
Engaging Yourself at Work
One of the statements that the authors say to use with your boss is, “I need your help to reach my full potential.” By phrasing it like this, you’re highlighting that there’s a disconnect between what you do now and what you have the potential to do. An employer would be more than happy to help you get to where you need to be in order to be the best you can. This same reasoning applies to saying the similar, “I need a new challenge.” You are asking to tackle new tasks and gain new knowledge that you can use to the benefit of the company. This will help you break from your normal rut and give you something new to do at work that you can get excited about.
Here is another phrase that can be useful:
“I’m not sure if this role is the right fit for me.”… According to this notion, people will be more satisfied and perform better when they are in roles that align with their values, interests, styles, and abilities. In that sense, talent is little more than personality in the right place. If this approach can enable a conversation with your manager about what your preferences and drivers are, it could help them rethink where you would fit — and perform — best. This conversation should also provide you with an opportunity to describe what aspects of your current job you enjoy more, in the hope that you can increase those activities and transition away from others you dislike.
The final way to tell your boss you aren’t engaged at work is, “I find my work exhausting–can you help me?” The question places responsibility on your boss to steer you away from any work that may be draining and demotivating you as a whole.
You can view the original article here: https://hbr.org/2017/10/how-to-tell-your-boss-that-youre-not-engaged-at-work