You are serving a customer, not a life sentence. Learn how to enjoy your work
~ Laurie McIntosh ~
Many studies show that only about 1 in 5 people really enjoy their jobs, about 1 in 5 actively dislike their jobs, and the rest are fairly neutral on the topic. We may not all have the opportunity to work in our dream jobs or pursue our passions so we need to learn to make the most of where we are at . Of course in the long term, you can either change your job or even embark on a new career. But for now, you can get to love more of what you do.
Here are six suggestions to help you along.
- Steer clear of the negativity peddlers (a.k.a the haters) – every organization has a few of these. You know those employees who no matter how great the working environment is, always seem to find something to complain about. Think of these people as blood sucking parasites out to suck every ounce of positivity from you, and who must be avoided at all costs for your well being.
- Learn something new – sometimes, what we think is job dissatisfaction is actually just boredom. Learning new skills or acquiring new knowledge can increase both job security and job satisfaction.
- Challenge yourself – Dan Pink author of Drive, notes that ‘purpose’ and ‘mastery’ are two of the things we humans find most motivating: finding meaning in what we do, and getting really good at it. We might not all be blessed with great leaders/managers inspiring us to be the best so we have to turn inwards and find our own inspiration. So vow today to stop being the 9a – 5p coaster, and challenge yourself to become more than just average at what you do.
- Learn to leave work at work – all relationships benefit from space and your work relationship is no different. Stepping away from your work and allowing yourself time to relax and rejuvenate makes you less resentful and more productive in the long run.
- Create a fun work atmosphere – from personalizing your work space (hopefully this is not frowned on by management), to simply laughing more at work, and interacting/collaborating with positive people you genuinely enjoy being around, can go a long way to improving how you feel when you are at work.
- Check your attitude – does everyone at work seem to be enjoying their time there apart from you. Are you the gray cloud of doom everyone is avoiding. Be honest with yourself, maybe work is not the issue. No need to put your self down, just take active steps to get out of your funk and focus on the positive.
We spend a significant amount of our life working. It is a large piece of our life. And it is important to think thoughtfully and intentionally about it.
Now go … go and have an enjoyable day at work