Common Causes of Executive Unhappiness & How to Fix Them

InterviewcoachingExecutive positions often involve a high level of demand and responsibility. Although this is expected at the senior level, it will be beneficial for executives and their organisations to be aware of the common causes of workplace unhappiness, all of which can result in low employee productivity, resignations and unsatisfying career journeys.

1. Low Remuneration

Low remuneration is the primary reason workers become dissatisfied, especially if their workload or responsibilities are increasing or if their salaries are significantly below the industry benchmark.

Solution: If you feel like you are not being paid fairly, then it could be time to ask for a raise and/or promotion. Build a case that describes in detail why you deserve better pay and make sure you have evidence and examples to back up your claims. If more money is not an option, consider asking for additional benefits or perks.

2. No Work-Life Balance

These days, the corporate work environment is an extremely busy place, with workloads getting larger, hours getting longer, and work being done at home more often. If you constantly operate in high gear, it can lead to feelings of stress, inefficiency, unhappiness and frustration.

Solution: To achieve a better work-life balance, try implementing more rigid work hours, delegating junior tasks, leaving work at work and even taking regular lunch breaks. All of these things can relieve the pressure and make your responsibilities much more enjoyable.

3. Lack of Job Satisfaction

People feel greater satisfaction when doing work that is engaging, challenging and that they feel adds value to the organisation. Lack of job satisfaction generally comes from being under-utilised in a role, being unable to grow and learn or sensing that the role is not a good fit in terms of long term career objectives.

Solution: To shake things up, try taking on more challenging duties, mentoring a colleague or expanding your professional skills and qualifications. If you feel your lack of job satisfaction is related to the big picture, it might be time to brush up on your resume writing skills and find a new position.

4. Lack of Resources and Support

A lack of resources or support to get the job done right is one of the most common causes of workplace frustration. As organisations battle it out to keep costs down, executives may find it difficult to either navigate the multitude of responsibilities they are given or implement desired strategies and procedures without the right staff in place.

Solution: If you aren’t being supplied with the resources you need to succeed in your role, then you need to make changes. These might involve hiring new staff or securing new suppliers, giving current staff more responsibilities, improving processes for better efficiency or even reworking budgets to find funds that can sponsor additional resources.

5. Ineffective Company Strategies or Policies

If your company has business practices that you can’t get on board with, then continuing to work for them can create much workplace stress. While you can still give it your all, you might never feel like your priorities and opinions are truly valued.

Solution: Try finding new ways to make your voice heard or coming up with ideas on how to change the vision or policies of the organisation. If this is not feasible (which it may not be if you are not in a senior role), consider moving on to another employer whose goals, policies and values you respect.

6. Frustrating Processes

Workplace bureaucracy – including cumbersome company processes, strict work rules and tangles of organisational red tape – contributes significantly to employee dissatisfaction. As an organisation becomes larger and more established, managerial layers are added and the corporate rulebook often gets bigger. When a company becomes too bogged down with processes, it can lose touch with employees and shut down individual ideas, creativity and innovation.

Solution: If you find yourself bound by corporate red tape, see if you can come up with more efficient ways of working within the given processes or obtaining additional resources (e.g. an administrator) to assist you or your team in managing the work.

If you are unhappy in your current role, Resumes Australia can work with you to find new job motivation, rethink your career plans or secure new employment altogether.


kylie hammond

About Kylie Hammond
Executive Search Consultant, Head-Hunter, HR Consultant, Executive Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer & Executive Talent Agent.

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