Over time, it is easy to settle into a groove at work. You learn your specific job duties, solidify your technical skills and simply float along with the current. Over time, what starts out as simple familiarity turns into complacency. And that leads to stagnation.
Once we find ourselves in a comfortable pattern, it is only natural to resist change, and we may even create excuses to prevent ourselves from taking risks at work. And only some of those excuses may be valid. To help determine if an excuse is reasonable or simply an imaginary barrier, here are four excuses IT pros make to avoid taking risks, and how to address them.
1. It’s Not a Good Time
In most cases, there is no such thing as a “good time” to take a risk. The stars rarely align in such a manner, so this is an excuse someone may use in perpetuity. It is important to separate any feelings of anxiety related to change from the pressures you may be feeling at work. In many cases, it isn’t the thought of making the change now that is the issue; it is the thought of doing it at all.
However, there can be bad times to take risks. For example, if a project deadline got accelerated and you are pulling overtime every day to meet the new timeline, then it is a bad time for a major change. Otherwise, if business is moving per the usual, you might want to reconsider the excuse.
2. My Manager Hasn’t Brought it Up
Your boss may not overtly encourage you to take risks, but that doesn’t mean advocating for change is inappropriate. Often, managers aren’t fully aware of where your interests lie, how you imagine progressing in your career, or even whether there is a better way to get certain tasks done. This means that a proactive approach is going to be necessary. So, if you have a new idea, take it to them instead of waiting for a prompt. Your enthusiasm may be appreciated, and you might get more support to move forward than you may have anticipated.
3. I Don’t Know What to Do
We live in a time that is dominated by quick access to information of all kinds. That means, even if you don’t know what risk to take, you can likely find options fairly quickly. Simply consider any issues or shortcomings you notice during your workday, take the initiative and do some research. Focus on a topic and look for new developments in that arena. Then, take the time to learn about the possibilities and see if anything seems beneficial to you or the business.
Once you identify a potential solution to a current pain point, you have something on which to move forward.
4. I Could Fail
Risk inherently comes with the risk of failure, and this risk tends to be the main thing that holds people back. But mistakes are part of the learning process. Everyone you work with today has messed up at some point, and they all made it through to the other side. Your best defense against the negative effects of failure is to get proper support and take the time to learn as much as possible as you step into the unknown.
Ultimately, failing to take a risk can be more damaging to your career than never stepping out of your comfort zone. And taking a risk doesn’t mean you are reckless as long as you don’t jump blindly. If you want to progress, it’s time to look risk in the eye and decide to give it a go, after you have a plan in place.
If you are interested in taking a risk in your career by exploring new employment options, the professionals at The Armada Group can help provide you with the information and support to help your risk turn into a success. Contact us today and see what our recruitment professionals can do for your career.