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scary100

Motivation in current work place and start dates

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scary100

So it will be a good 6 months before I start training! Since finding out my start date I have seriously become demotivated in my current role 🙄! And every hour now seems like a life time!

For those of you that have had to wait a few months before starting etc, how have you kept yourself motivated without your current role taking a serious hit in terms of motivation?

To say I can't wait to get out and start as a PC is an understatement of the year! But over the moon to have been given my start date!

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Mac7

Oh I feel your pain. Prior to starting in the police I had a boring 9-5 office job that I felt was not really contributing to anything to society of my life. However, my role was going to be taken on by someone else and the company was moving forwards and doing well. My main motivator was to part company good terms and have a lasting good reputation. The company I worked for had invested a lot in me and showed faith in me far more than most would. They had spent a lot of putting through professional qualifications and I wanted to repay them in some way. I also wanted ensure my replacement could come in and hit the ground running and carry on the work I had done. Without boring you with detail I was the first person to do my role within the company and I put a lot of systems, procedures in place and built strong working relationships with other departments that wasn’t their before. I like to think I had a good reputation/respect and wanted that to continue after I left. That kept me motivated and something that I’ve carried through to the police when moving around departments/roles.

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SimonT

When I was accepted my contract ended in my current job. So I did an Internet search for random exciting jobs and spent 6 months working at an outdoor activity centre on the other side of the country. 

I'm very thankful that I could afford to get paid basically nothing and that I took the opportunity. It left me significantly better prepared for police work. 

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scary100

LIKE the idea of doing sometimes different for a few months whilst I wait!! 😁

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Growley
4 hours ago, scary100 said:

For those of you that have had to wait a few months before starting etc, how have you kept yourself motivated without your current role taking a serious hit in terms of motivation?

The same way you'll cope after a couple years of being in the job; by just getting on with it.

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scary100

Thanks for the positive input @Growley. Being in my 40s I am well versed with just getting on with it thanks.

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PCSD

I found out I was starting for the police three months before my start date, I kept it to myself for a month, then gave in my notice of 30 days and then had a month off and went on holiday. 

After I had handed my notice in my motivation dropped and my team leader and manager mentioned it but weren't too bothered. I'd hit every target and got my bonus every month I had worked for them prior to giving in my notice but my final month I just didn't care to work hard enough for the couple of hundred pounds it would have got me. 

You may think Growley in being sarcastic but it's true. I joined the job young and eager (having been a Special for 4 years), I volunteered for all the overtime and was happy to go to decent jobs late on knowing it would mean me finishing late. Now four and a half years in I don't do overtime, I handover to the next shift as early as possible and try to get off on time when I can. The Job gets to everyone eventually, I just hold out for the days where we have a decent job and luckily I have a cracking team who all get on. 

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Growley
Thanks for the positive input [mention=463]Growley[/mention]. Being in my 40s I am well versed with just getting on with it thanks.
I wasn't joking or being sarcastic. The job may seem interesting and exciting to start with, but so much of it will become so routine in a couple of years. After that, it is honestly just a case of getting on with it.

Some people find motivation in earning overtime (I do) but the people who still do things for the love of the job after a few years are pretty rare.

Other than that, you can keep things interesting through pursuing promotion or specialising, but that doesn't help your motivation with the day to day.
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Mac7

Probably time to move around Growley.

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Growley
Probably time to move around Growley.
I'm content where I am at the moment for various reasons; but I do my job to a good standard because I'm being paid to do it to that standard, not for the love of the job. As I said, you know what you're there for, you get on with it.
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Reasonable Man

I couldn't stay motivated in my old job so I left and worked on a pig farm for the fill in period. Married the farmer's daughter!
Enjoyed working with the pigs though.

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chertsey8
12 hours ago, scary100 said:

So it will be a good 6 months before I start training! Since finding out my start date I have seriously become demotivated in my current role 🙄! And every hour now seems like a life time!

For those of you that have had to wait a few months before starting etc, how have you kept yourself motivated without your current role taking a serious hit in terms of motivation?

To say I can't wait to get out and start as a PC is an understatement of the year! But over the moon to have been given my start date!

Congratulations. How long had you been waiting since passing clearances? And which force if I may ask? I think having some time prior to starting could be seen as a positive depending on your current job, time can be good for reflection and preparation before any new job.

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Superman558

I've been in the system for 3 and a half years and still have no start date. As of 10th of Jan though I am waiting on pre employment checks. Since I applied I have been working in IT, prior to that I was in the military (which I loved). My motivation for my current role is absolutely non existent, checking my emails multiple times a day for the last few years for that elusive start date.

BUT to answer your question I think it' normal, you get on with it but always looking to the horizon.

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DB11
On 2/11/2018 at 15:42, Growley said:

The same way you'll cope after a couple years of being in the job; by just getting on with it.

Speak for yourself! I was a special for two years doing 30 hours a week and I'm coming up to three years of being a regular and I still love being a police officer and pulling on the uniform every day.

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Growley
Speak for yourself! I was a special for two years doing 30 hours a week and I'm coming up to three years of being a regular and I still love being a police officer and pulling on the uniform every day.
Good for you. Some people manage to stay job p****d well into their service, but most aren't.
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