Decreasing Complacency In Your Career

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing”? The eagle answered, “Sure, why not”? So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Management Lesson: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

It’s 3 p.m. on a Monday at your job of 15 years; you sit at your desk thinking I can do this work with my eyes closed.  It’s easy to become complacent in your professional career. Think back to that happiness you felt in the first few years in your first job and the pride you felt in your early accomplishments. Has that feeling somehow slipped away over the years? There are ways to get that feeling back, don’t let complacency take away your determination.

Let’s look at the meaning of complacent, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary to be complacent is “marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies”. Being complacent in your current career isn’t the best situation to be in. If you’re complacent in your career and not aware of changes in your industry or organization it only leads to failure.  Industry standards change rapidly; your willingness to transform with them is the key factor to your skill and proficiency not becoming behind the times. 

Complacency in your job can affect others indirectly. Often times when people become complacent in their careers it leads to incompetency in the work environment.  If everyone in a work environment is complacent and indolent about completing work, the efficiency of that organization diminishes. As we all know a loss in efficiency in an organization can lead to decreased sales and effectiveness, which ultimately leads to job loss.

Yes, you may have mastered tasks associated with your current job role, but have you mastered your craft?  Just like a flower that must be watered, you must always feed your career and never become too content in your job. Often professionals don’t realize the injury to their career they are forming by being complacent. Are you in danger of harming your career due to complacency? Continuous improvement is always a great resource for those who seek a better job outlook for the future. Even the most successful people are continuously improving themselves, so why not take that extra course or build upon your skill set?

 If you feel bored with your current job, change your situation! If you need more education and/or training, get it! If it is possible at your organization, ask to help with other projects that may be outside your department. Any change from the normal in your job is best to change your outlook to decrease complacency and increase overall career satisfaction.

Take the time and the necessary steps to change your attitude about your job; you will see a significance difference in your job satisfaction.


If you are seeking training and professional development to change your career outlook, contact Crystal Y. Davis for more information.



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