We all know what it feels like to be stuck in a rut at work. The hours drag by, the challenges are few and thoughts turn to greener grass on the other side of the cubicle.

Claiming responsibility for your rut, however, is the first step in digging yourself back out of it, according to Joe Calloway, author of Work Like You’re Showing Off!

First, trying changing your attitude. If you’re hanging out with negative co-workers, find a new social circle. Ask people you respect what opportunities or advantages you’ve overlooked.


If that doesn’t work, change your situation.

Ask to transfer to another department or volunteer for a new project. Sign up for training. Try asking for a promotion — even if you don’t get it, you’ve at least sparked a discussion with your superiors.

As a last resort, quit. If your situation is intolerable or you see no opportunity for advancement, the insecurity of job loss is worth the risk, Calloway said.

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