By Michelle Wanjiku
Remember when you first got your job how excited you were, you would speak up in meetings, take on extra projects or even come up with new ways to do things that made the office more efficient.
But, after working in an organization for a while, this enthusiasm can sometimes fade because you have become comfortable in your position and you end up going with the flow at work, doing exactly what is required of you but not standing out by doing more.
This obviously means that you are hurting your chances of getting promotions and gaining any kind of growth.
How do you know you have become complacent?
1. You have stopped sharing your ideas
When you started out at the company you were probably looking forward to making an impact, so you came up with new ideas that would have been very beneficial to the organization.
You have been going with the flow at work if you no longer share your ideas with your boss or colleagues and just find it easier to go with other people’s ideas. This can be because your ideas were not taken that seriously, to begin with, and now you feel like there is no point in mentioning them.
No matter the reason, you should not allow yourself to lose career growth opportunities because you are no longer looking for ways to improve and have no drive to succeed.
This will only keep you in stagnation when it comes to your career and you end up wasting a lot of precious time.
2. You don’t speak up when you disagree
If you find yourself keeping quite in a meeting when someone presents an idea you don’t think will work, then you have become complacent.
When you are eager to succeed, you will not be afraid to voice your opinions because you want to be heard and your opinions to matter.
3. You’re no longer interested in staying current
As a professional, you need to know and understand that learning doesn’t just stop after you graduate, in order to achieve any kind of success in your chosen field; you need to be willing to learn new skills and keep up with the changing trend in your industry.
Not wanting to learn new skills will hurt your career because everyone else is learning them and if you want to stay competitive in your field, you need to be learning with them. For example, in order to be promoted to a manager, you need to have the skills necessary to hold a managerial position.
4. You don’t take an initiative
The number one rule when you want to get a promotion or achieve any kind of career growth is that you need to do more than is expected of you.
Remember when you started your job how willing you were to take on additional responsibilities? This is something you need to keep doing because that is how you get on your manager and bosses radar because it shows how dedicated you are.
The days of just doing what is required of you and getting promoted are long gone, you need to work harder and do more if you want to experience growth.
5. You’re not motivated to advance your career
Lastly, if you no longer feel the need to grow or worse, have no idea where you want your career to go and have no desire to try and figure it out, then you are killing your career.
To avoid stagnating in your career you need to continue looking for new challenging opportunities, whether it is applying for that new manager position that just opened up or if it involves finding a new job altogether.
Laxity is most definitely going to kill your career; you do not want to spend over five years working in the same position with no change in duties or salary. You need to ensure that you don’t fall into the trap of just going with the flow at work and not putting in any effort into your career development.