Leadership Coach, Katie Kelley, advises that a great way to combat feeling under motivated, overwhelmed or burnt out at your job is to manage up in order to advocate to your boss that you need more support and development.
1) Explain Your Long Term Goals
Seek out an opportunity to sit down with your boss and tell him or her about your long term career plans, assuming they have some connection to the industry you are in today. Try to engage your boss in helping you understand which roles/responsibilities you can work towards fulfilling at your company over the long term. The overall goal here is to help them see your potential that they otherwise may not fully appreciate today.
2) Inquire about the Company’s Vision and Strategy Planning
Studies have shown that it isn’t money that motivates people as much as a shared sense of purpose. That's why a command and control management style is no longer relevant; folks want context that is relatable and meaningful.
Money pays the bills, good work feeds the soul.
Secondly, folks at entry level or even mid management have an invaluable perspective of a business and possible missed opportunities, etc then folks in upper management. Seek out opportunities for the entire company to be included in an overview of the business’s vision and strategy planning a couple times a year. Everyone will benefit by being shown that everyone’s voice and perspective matters.
3) Request Feedback Regularly
The best way to begin to get people to change their behavior is by sharing with them feedback from their peers and colleagues at work about the perception others have of them. No matter what the point of view of the person whom you are working with, everyone has to understand that perception is reality and this feedback must be included when we are working towards self-improvement.
4) Request a Sponsor or a Mentor
As you begin to have these conversations with your boss, you will quickly learn, if you don’t know already if they serve as a mentor or a sponsor to you. If not, ask them to help you identify someone who can serve in that function for you. If you are met with indifference or a lack of an adequate response, consider organizing a mentor program at your company. Talk to folks who have done this before to find out about best practices.