Signs you’re in a ‘two-year slump’ at work – and how to get through it

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Lost the fire and motivation you had when your first started? (Picture: Getty/iStockphoto)

We all know what it feels like to hit a work slump.

Your job doesn’t excite you anymore. You’ve lost all motivation. Maybe your bored during the day, or you can’t imagine yourself trying to progress or get promoted.

This kind of slump can happen for all sorts of reasons, but it’s really common after you’ve been somewhere for around two years. The shiny ‘new job glow’ has worn off, you’re starting to see more of the realities of where you work, and exhaustion is starting to set in.

If you’re feeling that in your job – it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to start polishing up your CV and scouring LinkedIn on your lunchbreak. There are ways to work through this slump and come out the other side feeling reinvigorated about work again.

Chris Abbass, co-founder and CEO of global recruitment company Talentful, has shared his tips on how to manage conversations with managers, goal setting, and lack of motivation as roles become more familiar. 

What is a two-year slump?

When we start a new job, we are engaged, wide-eyed and challenged. In the beginning, this is manageable and contributes to our learning, but Chris explains that, after a while, tasks become more routine.

‘It takes on average 66 days to form a new habit, and sooner or later the things that once excited us can make us feel progressively disengaged,’ Chris tells

‘For this reason, it is common for engagement and enjoyment at work to trail off around the two-year mark. Part of it is boredom as we settle into our roles and stop learning.

‘But we might also feel the slump if we lose sight of the objectives we had when starting.’

So, why does it happen?

One problem Chris identifies is the issue of stalled career development. He says this is a particularly pertinent problem right now after the pandemic.

‘After a couple of years, employees start to look for a new challenge,’ says Chris. ‘This is manageable if you have a clear idea of what it is that you want to do and what you need to progress in your career.

‘Company cultures that do not clearly relay the steps up the corporate ladder risk frustrating their employees.’

But Chris says we have to remember that employers are not solely responsible for your career progression.

He adds: ‘It is also important that you take accountability by setting out short, medium and long-term career goals in private and then reviewing them with your manager.

‘No company is perfect, just as no human being is perfect. But a good company is one you can see yourself growing at for some time. It makes you feel appreciated for the work you do.’

Another important point for Chis is to ask whether your company matches your core values and long-term career goals.

‘Do you enjoy working there? Do you have a …read more

Source:: Metro


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