A well known experience associated with millenials in the professional world is the "grass is always greener" mentality. It is the experience of constantly seeking happiness at work. Not just general satisfaction - true, real, all-encompassing happiness. Oftentimes, this leads to a lot of young people jumping around from job to job every year. Now, no one is arguing that the pursuit of happiness is wrong, however it can be argued that we all stand to gain from attempting to investigate opportunities for satisfaction in our current situation, rather than constantly starting something new.
The pursuit of happiness in the workplace involves many elements: work-life balance, opportunities for growth and development, open and honest feedback and the quality of your day to day work deliverables. On top of all of that, there are so many people key to your success. The question is, who is responsible for making sure you're happy with your job? Is it the CEO? The head of HR? Your manager? Or should you take it upon yourself to constantly be evaluating and evolving, asking questions and seeking opportunities?
Arguments can be made for each party having some role to play in employee happiness and engagement. However, at the end of day - you are your own best advocate, and the buck stops with you.
Getting to the Root of the Problem:
First things first, you have to dive deep to understand exactly what is driving your disengagement. Is it something that could be solved with a direct conversation, like not having enough to do, or a desire for more feedback? Or, is it something that requires a longer term solution, like being unhappy with the nature of your work, or the culture of your company? Being thorough in exploring possible root causes will allow you to effectively deduce solutions.
Analyzing the Landscape:
Once you've diagnosed the root of your problem, it's crucial to analyze the landscape, both internally, and externally, in order to drive towards finding a solution. The landscape will provide you with an understanding of how common your problem is - do other people at your office feel similarly? Or is your problem common among others that have your role at other companies? If your problem is specific to your place of work - the resolution will be very different than if your challenges are related to the overarching requirements of someone in your position across the industry.
Brainstorm Potential Solutions:
Now is the time to open your mind and do your due diligence to really think through all the possible solutions. Go from the most extreme, like finding a new job, to the least extreme, like having a conversation with your manager. Think through the implications of each on your day to day, as well as the likelihood of them coming to fruition. Don't be afraid to think creatively - maybe the answer is creating a working group within your office to work with individuals struggling with the same issue. More often than not, your company will want to work with you to come to a mutually beneficial solution.
Make a Choice, and Stick To Your Guns:
Once you've weighed your options, it's time to make the decision. If you decide to stay where you are and work towards higher satisfaction, then it's up to you to take your role in the process seriously. If you want things to change in your role, you have to lead the charge to making it happen. Set up the right meetings, check in with the right people, and don't give up until you've achieved what you're setting out to do.