5 ways to stop yourself going stale at work

This week I’m answering this question:

I am a department manager in a company where I have worked for quite some time and although I enjoy my role I feel like I’m going stale. I have lived and breathed this position for years and I feel as though I’m running out of ideas. What do I do?

Thanks for the question

It’s so easy to get caught up in your role especially when you’re in the early stages or when there’s loads going on. But unless you keep feeding and nurturing yourself you’re at risk of going stale or burning out so you have to make some time for you to stick your head above the parapet and see what else is happening in the world. It’s also a great behaviour to role model to your team so you can create a culture where people are coming up with new ideas, being innovative, sharing best practice and learning from outside sources. So how do you do this?

  • Go networking – Find a group that is related to your industry and go along to their events. It doesn’t have to be a perfect match but something that you want to learn more about. For example, if you’re interested in improving your marketing –go along to a nearby marketing group. You’ll be surprised at what there is on your doorstep – and just by speaking to other people, and listening to their issues, or ideas you’ll soon start to feel more invigorated.


  • Attend a conference, or exhibition at least once a year. Do some research on the number 1 conference in your industry and get yourself there. Listen to the speakers, meet people, chat, ask questions and you’ll come away with a tonne of new ideas that you can pass on and implement.


  • Surf the net – These days you don’t have to leave the office to learn anything new. There are loads of fantastic (and free) resources at the click of a button. From TED talks to Webinars to Podcasts all there to feed your mind.


  • Encourage your team to do the same. Ask them to share things they have read, pass around articles, videos, blogs…the list is endless. By creating a learning and sharing culture you’ll all feel more energised at work which will have a knock on effect to the department and to you.


  • Create your Personal Development Plan and see what you want or need to learn over the next 12 months and build it in. By doing this you’ll make sure that you don’t feel stale again and your development is always on your agenda.

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