Is it just a bad day?
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Is it just a bad day?

October 10, 2012

by Tony Vidler

How can you tell if you are just having a bad day on the job, or whether it is time to move on from the job completely?

There’s no escaping the fact that even in great jobs that we love, there are days where things just don’t go the way you want.  You know the sort….you leap out of bed and somehow miss the floor….and it goes downhill from there.

Many financial advisers have wrestled with this issue over the last couple of years as they have grappled with all the changes in their world and had to reinvent themselves.

During a discussion recently I was given a list of 12 questions to help work out whether it was turning into a bad job….or just a bad day.  They are well worth sharing:
1.  Do you know what is expected from you at work?

2.  Do you have the right materials and equipment you need to do your work?

3.  Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best – play to your strengths – every day?

4.  Have you received recognition or praise for doing good work in the last week?

5. Is there someone who matters at your work who actually cares about you as a person?

6. Is there someone at work who actively encourages your own development?

7. Do your opinions and thoughts count at work?

8. Does the purpose, or mission, of the business make you feel that your job is important?

9.  Are you fellow employees committed to doing quality work?

10. Do you have a good friend at work?

11. Has someone who matters talked to you about your own progress at work in the last 6 months?

12. Have you had opportunities to learn and grow professionally at work in the last year?

If you can answer these with more than 7 YES’s….then it really is just a bad day.

If you answer it with more than 7 NO’s… is time to think about changing jobs or careers.

(Original source of the questions is unknown)

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Comments (4)

  • Maybe if you are self emlpoyed you could revisit the Question of What made you become a financial adviser and want to work for yourself? what did you want from this?
    Are you still getting these things and Outcomes?
    If not what needs to Change to allow you to be re excited ?
    Have fun
    Paul Carrick

    Paul Carrick
  • The source material is the book First, Break All The Rules (1999) by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. Their findings are based on a large-scale international research exercise undertaken by the Gallup Organization

    Chris Nöthling
    • Thanks very much for that, I had no idea that was the source as I got it from my notes from a speaker at a conference I think. I will add it to the reading list now though!

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