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Blue Monday: "taking control of your career", Robert Half

Phil Sheridan Senior Managing Director, Robert Half UK, South America and the Middle East at Robert Half UK

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“The New Year is traditionally a time when people start considering a job-move, especially if they ended the last year feeling demotivated and disengaged. With ‘Blue Monday’ falling exactly three weeks to the day since Christmas - it’s natural for anyone struggling with back-to-work blues to start weighing up their options.

“For anyone looking to improve their job satisfaction, our research found that the top drivers of happiness are having a sense of pride in their work (51%), bring treated with fairness and respect (51%) and feeling appreciated (50%). For many, the New Year is an opportunity to sit down with your manager and set new objectives that provide meaning and value to your and at the same time, add value to the business.  

“For others, the New Year will mean taking control of their own careers. While this can feel daunting, it can also be empowering. We recently found that almost three in 10 employees (28%) in the UK have dreams of quitting the corporate world to become their own boss. This reflects that we have entered a new era where there are more opportunities than ever to use our skills and offer value. This could mean setting-up a new business or even becoming a specialist interim or contract worker that can offer strategic advice on specific projects, business needs and challenges.

“Whether it’s setting new objectives or changing career paths, it may well be time to update and perfect your CV or simply book some time with your boss to discuss next steps, there are plenty of ways to beat the Blue Monday blues”.