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You finally got your dream job. Everything is coming up roses. You couldn't be happier! Well, at least at first. Then, like almost everyone else, you start to realize the job wasn't everything you'd hoped for. Maybe the culture wasn't what you expected. Maybe your boss is hard to get along with. Maybe you've just lost sight of the reason you took the job in the first place. Related: 4 Things That Can Affect Your Career Choices Just like in any major life decision, you eventually start second guessing your career choice. So, how can you, as the song so aptly puts it, "bring back that lovin' feeling?"


Revisit Your Original Goals

When I get buried under a lot of responsibilities, I go back and remind myself why I wanted to come to the organization in the first place. I wanted to help people to do the best jobs they can in order to drive the business. It's usually easy to rekindle that original spark when you look back on the big dreams you brought to your position. Did you have specific goals when you started the job? Take a look at them. If there's anything that you didn't accomplish, why don't you give it a shot?

Find More/Less Challenging Work

Talk with supervisor to find more/less challenging work. If it's too easy, find or create a project that's been on your mind. If too hard, they might help you with that, but you won't know until you ask. I was in a weird position where my work was definitely not easy, but I really needed to do something else or I would have just gone crazy! I found out how I could squeeze out an hour a week by being more efficient and was able to start on a side project that seriously kept my sanity intact. One of the nice things about this idea is you choose the project you want to do on the side. It helps to make sure it won't be an even bigger drag on your motivation and energy than your job already is.

Take A Long, Hard Look

It might be tough to swallow, but sometimes you just have to come to the conclusion you really weren't a fit for the organization. It happens. But the good thing to keep in mind is there is an organization out there who could greatly benefit from your talents. If you have to leave the organization, figure out an exit plan, do it as soon as you can, and transition into a position that will give you the career satisfaction you're looking for. You aren't doing yourself or anyone else a favor by staying in a job that you no longer enjoy. While it may not always be possible to bring back the feelings you had as a new hire, there are definitely some steps you can take to make the job work for you. Are there any other ways that you bring back the satisfaction you enjoyed as a new hire? Have you faced this in your own career at times? What did you do about it? This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Everyone needs to feel their voice is heard and their contributions are important. Something as simple as sharing a drink the last hour of the day on a Friday with the team to recap wins and give praise can build camaraderie within the team.


All of the above are fairly simple to implement but can make a huge difference in morale and motivation. Have any of these tips worked well for young the past? Do you have other tips to motivate your creative team? If so, please share them with me!

Encourage curiosity. Spark debate. Stimulate creativity and your team will be better at handling challenges with flexibility and resourcefulness. Create a safe space for ideas, all ideas, to be heard. In ideation, we need the weird and off-the-wall ideas to spur us on to push through to the great ideas.

Sure, there are a ton of studies done on this, but here is my very unscientific personal take. When team members can make decisions about how they work on projects, they are more engaged and connected to the project outcome. When they see how potentially dropping the ball would affect the entire team, they step up. When they feel like what they are doing is impactful and valued, they are naturally motivated to learn more, and be even better team members.

Rarely does a one-size-fits-all style work when it comes to team motivation. I have found that aligning employee goals with organization goals works well. Taking time to get to know everyone on your team is invaluable. What parts of their job do they love? What do they not enjoy? What skills do they want to learn? Even going so far as to where they see themselves in five years career-wise. These questions help you right-fit projects, and help your team see you are committed to creating a career path for them within the company.

Most designers I know love a good challenge. We are problem solvers by nature. Consistently give yourself and your team small challenges, both design-related and not. It will promote openness within the team to collaborate, and it will help generate ideas faster in the long run. Whether the challenge is to find a more exciting way to present an idea to stakeholders or fitting a new tool into the budget, make it a challenge just to shake things up.

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