Feeling Underutilised (Part 1): Are you wasting away at work?

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Do you feel yourself wasting away at work?

Do you used to super busy and high functioning, but now you aren’t?

Are you dissatisfied at work?

There is nothing much for you to do. No goals. No projects.

You may welcome the pockets of rest you don’t usually get to enjoy in between the usual hectic days.

However, you find these rest days are becoming more frequent.

You better heed the warning signs—you may be underutilised by your company.

Being underused at work is not an ideal situation to be in.

This is among the factors leading to discontentment in the workplace.

In the US, for example, a 2014 study by an economics think tank revealed that only 47.7% of American workers are satisfied with their jobs.

Consequently, the lesser you do, the fewer your achievements are.

With more of your potential wasting away at work, you will feel the increase of unhappiness, dissatisfaction and demotivated.

Once you feel that you are getting more rest time than usual, it is best to start looking into it. You have to understand what is going on.

But to do so, you need to know if you are really wasting away at work. So, here are the 3 obvious signs that you are being underutilised.

Projects are plenty, everybody is busy, but you aren’t involved in any

There seems to be a proliferation of activity in your department.

Everyone is running around with new undertakings.

You’d probably see your next cubicle colleague juggling between his phone’s receiver and a Post-it note.

While the colleague across you is almost buried in stacks of documents on her desk.

You, on the other hand, are rifling through your email for the third time to see if you’ve missed anything.

No meeting invites.

Meetings or conferences are constant in the workplace.

You often hear colleagues shuffling into various meeting rooms at all hours.

However, you are no longer invited to attend meetings.

Your inputs are no longer needed or will be considered relevant to the issues to be resolved in said meetings.

Something is going on in the background that you are not aware of.

When you ask around, your colleagues have no time for you. Asking your boss may bring you to a dead-end too.

Lesser discussions with the boss.

There used to be a time when your superior would call on you to use your skill sets for specific tasks.

You were the go-to person, the one with all the answers.

Suddenly, your boss gives you the cold shoulder, and your imagination starts running wild.

Are you facing these scenarios and feel like you’re wasting away at work?

If you’ve experienced the above scenarios, start doing a self-evaluation.

It may be time to consider the following

  • acquire a new set of skills to become more relevant
  • look for other opportunities that suit you
  • use the downtime to pick up courses that can elevate your positions

For more on what to do, you will learn more on how to take actions regarding the underutilised matter.

This is an article series regarding underutilised employees. Stay tuned for more.

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Amos Tay

Amos Tay

Amos Tay is the Senior Partner of Hatch Asia. He is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrength Coach and lead our executive search, coaching and expand our partnership development across the region.

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