Should You Staycate… or Vacate?

This summer, most news outlets had stories about the high cost of leaving home due to gas prices. They reported that many of us opted for a “staycation” — where we stay home and breathe some new life into our current environment. It’s not as dramatic a change as a vacation, but it provides us with some of the freshness we crave. In today’s unstable economic climate, the cost of leaving our jobs is too highemotionally, financially, practically – for many of us. So what can we do to breathe new life into an old job? We may need to consider taking a “staycation” at work.

18 Ways to Take a “Staycation” At Your Current Job

  • Revisit your job description, and see what you can trade with someone else (after getting your supervisor’s permission, of course)
  • Ask your supervisor if there’s something in his or her job description that you can do
  • Bring new photos, artwork, snacks, supplies, or inspirational quotations to your workspace
  • Clear off the clutter and start fresh
  • Ask if you can telecommute one day a week, a month or a quarter
  • Do some professional development – attend a conference, go to a networking event, take a course, get some training, work with a mentor or coach
  • Write something based on your work experience – and get it published
  • Make one new friend and one close friend
  • Do a skills gap assessment between the job you have and the job you want
  • Deal directly with a problem situation or person you’ve been trying to get around or ignore
  • Figure out what you want – and ask for it
  • Incorporate a hobby into your work life
  • Appreciate what your current position and organization has to offer
  • Suggest improvements in the work environment that others would benefit from as well – and then spearhead one area of change
  • Find your unique niche and hone it
  • Look for opportunities to partner with people whose company you enjoy
  • Actively maintain a high level of marketability – whether you’re looking or not
  • Figure out the difference that you make personally, interpersonally and organizationally – and give yourself the credit you deserve

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