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Ask Kate – Bored at Work

March 11, 2011 Posted by in Ask Kate | Comments

Question

I’ve working as an outside salesperson for a major pharmaceutical company for about three years. Prior to this job, I worked in sales for a local hospital supply business. At first, I liked my current job because it was a real adventure going to outside meetings all day. It used to be exciting to close a sale (and the money is good) but over the last six months I have become bored with the daily routine and meeting with the same companies.

How could I find ways be more engaged at work?

Answer

As a career consultant, I have worked with a lot of talented outside salespeople. I know that everyone has their own work style and ways of staying engaged.

It helps a great deal if you can clearly define what it is that keeps you motivated and engaged in the workplace. A great way to do this is to take a few assessment tests. Your results can give you the information you need to put together an action plan with goals that fit your particular work style.

In addition, I’d like you to consider if this pattern repeats for you…you like the honeymoon stage and then get bored.  If so, it’s up to you to ask your boss for some new challenges-new territories to pitch or perhaps additional job duties (training new reps or whatever).

You might just have to bite the bullet and find your excitement outside of work-get a graduate degree or plan a trip to a great location.

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