Maybe you can’t seem to get the support and buy in you need?
No one listening or caring?
Do the boundaries or priorities keep changing?
In times of scarcity, cost cutting, efficiency dividends, uncertain markets and anxious shareholders, irrationality and fear provoking chaos prevails.
Many people feel out of control and in their desire to make something happen, there’s a lot of spin and thrashing.
Everyone wants to keep their options open in case they have to suddenly change direction. All bases are covered badly, rather than one, well.
It’s difficult to get agreement to new initiatives, additional funding, or even a decision.
It means what you’ve worked on for the last few months may no longer be required or that your work could be discarded or dismissed with little or no explanation.
If your boss changes his mind about what he wants, or doesn’t appreciate the report or project you’ve delivered, his priorities may have changed or he faces new challenges you don’t know about. If you don’t get the decision you need, it’s likely your boss is preoccupied or uncertain.
Yes, it’s frustrating, but understandable and you are employed to do a job. That job is not to hold on tight and defend what you’re doing just because you’ve spent a long time on it or you’ve become very attached to a particular outcome or result.
The nature of your work is dependent on your organisation’s needs and/or stakeholder and client demands.
Personal attachment to a particular outcome gets in the way of objectivity, exacerbates stress and causes unnecessary doubt or anxiety.
Whether you are paid by shareholders, taxpayers, or anyone else, there is an expectation that you do the work you’re employed to do, well, and deliver what is required by the organisation right now.
If you find yourself particularly anxious about a work situation, it’s likely you’re too personally attached. It’s time to step back, detach and ask yourself ‘what have I been employed to do and what is my professional responsibility here?’