Anil loved his job, and he used to look forward to going to work, he loved his work so much that he used to spend 12-13 hours in a day working and would never shy away from working during weekends. The quality of work given by him was also commendable. He was ambitious and wanted to climb the corporate ladder soon. However, within few years his work started getting monotonous, the enthusiasm with which he approached the job was lost somewhere and the task which he used to take mere few hours started taking days to complete, along with this the quality of work was also impacted.

The above situation is a ubiquitous example which almost everyone goes through in their career, i.e. a saturation point comes in the when the once interesting and exciting task has become a task to finish.  The enthusiasm is completely lost, and their focus towards the work also diminishes. The reason your feel saturated is that your growth and development have slowed down and the opportunities to improve one, are deemed to be exhausted, or you don’t feel your job challenging enough as you have been doing this for a quite number of years. Job saturation which is also called career plateau is a widespread phenomenon amongst the working population.

Following are the few things which can be incorporated to combat the job saturation or career plateauing.

1)    Upgrading your skill set:

In present times it is essential that we continuously update ourselves. We have to sharpen our saw if we want to beat the feeling of saturation. This will not only help in enhancing our skills, but it will also help to stay ahead of the curve. Upgrading yourself will make our job more interesting as we can implement the new skillset we have learned on the tasks assigned to us.

Dealing with Saturation at Work

2)    Job Rotation:

Job rotation is a business strategy where the employee is allowed to rotate their assignments within the same organization. This strategy helps in killing the boredom of the employees as they are given an opportunity to be involved in something other than their usual assignments. Job rotation not only breaks the monotony of the work the employee is doing daily but also helps the employees to develop their skills as well.

3)    Job Enlargement:

As the name suggests, it means enlarging the current job of the employees, i.e. giving them more tasks and responsibilities other than their usual assignments. Job Enlargement will make the employees aware of their ability to manage a wide range of activities. It makes the employees more productive and more involved in their job which will lead to greater job satisfaction.

An organization where employees are experiencing job saturation is a ticking bomb as the employees are not actively involved in their tasks, i.e. they are doing their jobs for the sake of doing it. This will lead to less productivity, and there will be a lack of innovation in the organization, and an unproductive and non-innovative organization won’t be able to reach their goals. So, to address this organization should proactively incorporate measures which will benefit the employees and also keep them interested in the work they are doing.