NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you hate waking up every morning because your job isn't fulfilling, you're not alone. According to Gallup's State of the Global Workplace survey, 87% of workers are either not engaged or are actively disengaged from their jobs. Unfortunately, once you've been in a position for a while, it's easy to get into a rut where your 9-to-5 is simply a means of paying the bills.
Thankfully, experts say there are ways to find your passion even in a job that?s less than perfect. Here are five ways to find the silver lining in a job that?s gone stale.
1. Try to control your trajectory as much as possible
Your job won't always allow you to control your own trajectory, but there are ways you can influence it, says Solonia Tedros, co-founder of The Change School.
"Some companies are more open to employees carving out their trajectory than others," she says. "There?s no guarantee that your managers will be completely supportive when you try to alter your path, but it?s important to be proactive and try. Hopefully you can get on a personal development plan that will allow you to try some new things."
Some companies encourage all employees to step forward with ideas that could improve business, even if those ideas fall outside the realm of what you were hired to do, Tedros says. Other companies will ask employees during their annual review, "Where do you want to be in six months, 12 months or two years from now?" When you're asked those questions, respond honestly and paint a picture of what you want.