Clients often come to me because they are under performance management at work.
Getting a warning or being put on a performance improvement plan can feel stressful and demeaning. You may fear to lose your job or worry about how this could impact your future.
The good news is that at some point in our career, most people will actually get fired from at least one job or run into trouble with the boss.
In my case, I've been fired in one job and placed on performance management in another. With the benefit of hindsight, in these jobs, I was doing a role that I hated and wasn't very good at. The role didn't come naturally for me and I found it stressful. I also had poor support from my manager at the time and the workplace culture was toxic. If I was really honest, the roles weren't aligned with my true interests in life.
If you find yourself in performance management, check to see if you actually like your role and company. If you don't, then performance management can become a powerful incentive to leave the company you are working for and find something that you actually love doing.
If the workplace culture is supportive and you like your boss, then you could use performance management as a trigger point to have a real and authentic career discussion with your employer to focus on work that you like, comes naturally for you and is aligned to your interests. Genuine employers want you to be happy and productive at work, so it is in their best interests to support your career goals.
It might take time, but it is possible to secure a role that is aligned to your interests and values and that you enjoy doing, even if you were fired or given a warning at work.
Daniel Solodky is a career counsellor in private practice in Melbourne, Australia. He works with clients seeking to bring more soul to their work globally over Skype. To learn more about his work, visit www.careerontheroad.com.