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You think your job is too easy and there isn’t much to do. Cue coming in late, having long lunches and leaving early.
Snap out of it!
“If your job is so easy, why not learn more and help your colleagues?” Tan Hwee Hoon, associate professor of organisational behaviour and human resources at Singapore Management University, asks. Help a struggling colleague, or ask your boss for more work. You can assume that taking the initiative only encourages people to take you for granted, or you can use it as an opportunity to show you’re a team player, then highlight to your boss what you’re capable of and put yourself in a better position to ask for a pay rise!

You see so many ways for things to be “done better”. It annoys you, but not enough to lift a finger to do anything about it. Except maybe to quit.
Snap out of it!
Executive leadership coach at Acquire Global Coaching, Jass Malaney, suggests you learn how your colleagues (and superiors) think, and why they think that way. Use it to bring your message of change across. For instance, if they are visual people, just talking about your ideas won’t help – you’ll need to demonstrate why your method is better. As an example, if they are older workers who are reluctant to use computers, you could do up a Word document template for taking notes on the computer, teach them how to use it and show them how much clearer it is than writing everything out the old-fashioned way.

You resent menial tasks such as taking notes at meetings and helping to answer the phone now and then. After all, that’s not what you went to school for!
Snap out of it!
Remember when you were in school and still had to do assignments that you felt were “stupid”? Well, if they counted towards your grade, you probably still did them. Senior consultant at recruitment firm Waterstone Consulting, Kelvin Wang, thinks that doing menial tasks like these is similar. He says: “Perform the tasks to the best of your ability.”

You haven’t lasted more than a year in any job, and you quit each job because your employers simply didn’t recognise your talent – the money just didn’t grow fast enough.
Snap out of it!
Give it time. A year is too short – according to Paul Heng, founder of Next Career Consulting Group. It can take up to 24 months before your abilities are recognised. Also, “working hard is not sufficient,” he says. Instead, find someone more senior in a management position and ask this person to be your mentor. The relationship you build can help you find out what you need to do for your career to grow.

This story was first published in Her World Magazine April 2015.

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