Ah, the Canadian insurance industry, where the only thing riskier than forgetting to issue binding instructions is falling out of love with your job! It’s a sad reality that many employees find themselves grumbling about their workplaces and blaming employers for a lack of satisfaction. Hold on to your toques, because the truth is, COMMUNICATION is the key to reigniting that career flame!

Picture this: your job is like a LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP. It started with butterflies, excitement, and maybe even a bit of mystery. But as time goes on, the routine settles in, and suddenly, you’re not feeling the love anymore. Instead of reaching for the break-up button, why not have an open and honest HEART-TO-HEART with your leader? After all, they’re not mind readers, and expecting them to know what’s bothering you without a conversation is like hoping your favourite hockey team will win without scoring any goals.

Recruiters, like relationship counsellors, often find themselves playing matchmaker between employers and potential candidates. But here’s the twist – we’re not always encouraging a break-up. Sometimes, all it takes is a bit of COMMUNICATION and UNDERSTANDING to revive that spark.


So, how can you take control of your career and ensure it stays on the path of happily ever after? Let’s dive into some playful tips:

Schedule a Date with the Boss:

Just as a date night can rekindle the romance in a relationship, schedule REGULAR CHECK-INS with your supervisor, and be HONEST. Discuss your expectations, goals, and any concerns you might have. It’s like a career liaison where you can share your dreams and ambitions; you may even get to know each other better which only builds on your professional relationship.  Things get busy and if your manager isn’t making the effort, instead of throwing your hands up in the air, why not make the first move!

Love Letters (or Emails):

Don’t underestimate the power of written communication. Send a thoughtful email expressing your appreciation for the GOOD TIMES at work and areas where you’d love to SEE IMPROVEMENT. What about keeping your manager in the loop on small wins. Be sure to include “fyi – response not required” at the end of the note. This will allow your manager to see that you value communication and their time. It’s like sending love letters, but instead of roses, you’re delivering well-crafted suggestions.

Spice Up Your Routine:

Feeling stuck in a rut? It’s time to shake things up! Suggest NEW PROJECTS, VOLUNTEER for exciting tasks, or even PROPOSE TEAM-BUILDING activities. Who said work can’t be fun? Find activities that help spark your MOTIVATION and EXCITEMENT and you may find the feelings trickle back into your day-to-day work.

Your Career Love Language:

Understand what makes YOU FEEL VALUED and appreciated at work. Is it words of affirmation, acts of service, or maybe even a shiny new stapler ( gifts )? Let your employer know how they can express their appreciation in a way that truly resonates with you. After all, your boss isn’t able to read your mind and if you tell them HOW to appreciate your work ( outside of that big fat raise we all want ) it’s a win-win for everyone.


Relationships are Hard Work

Remember, instead of jumping ship at the first sign of trouble, consider working on the relationship first. COMMUNICATE openly, find common ground, and strive to implement the work-life balance you’ve been craving. Just like in any great love story, a little effort can lead to a lifetime of career bliss. So, put on your work boots – or heels – and dance your way to a happy, fulfilled career in Insurance!