Learning to Love your Career
Everyone would love to have a ‘perfect’ job in their dream industry. A career with fantastic management, supportive colleagues, loyal customers, satisfying tasks, and fun social events – but unfortunately, most of us don’t have one.
Here are five ways to make sure you get maximum enjoyment from the job that you do have. Finding satisfaction in your workplace.
Get things moving
Be active in putting forward ideas and suggestions to help to create a better workplace for everyone. Perhaps you could suggest creating an exercise space where quick stretching or yoga routines to avoid the health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle. You could even try organising company-wide tournaments with sports such as soccer, netball, basketball, and golf. Potentially even more office-friendly games such as foosball and table tennis.
When you and your colleagues start moving around, you will experience better health and a chance to establish and develop team spirit. Getting yourself known for promoting these kinds of projects will help you to get your voice heard on other topics too. Creating a friendly workplace camaraderie that makes going to work more enjoyable.
Socially and environmental responsibility
When you understand how pollution and excessive rubbish have damaged the earth. You will hopefully own more responsibility for recycling and caring for the environment. Working for a socially and environmentally-responsible company can give you much more satisfaction than working for one that is not. If your company does not already have strong initiatives for recycling and similar projects, get your office involved in projects to help preserve the environment. Such as beach clean-ups and tree-planting days.
It is vital that you enjoy your job, and feel you are developing positively as a person while working. E.g. learning more about your field and gaining new skills every week. If you are consistently bored and have trouble concentrating, you may not be working at the level you are capable of. Explain this to your supervisor and see if there isn’t something more stimulating for you to work on.
Choosing to look for things to be grateful for is always a great way to feel better about your job. Most jobs have many positive aspects, and concentrating on these will let you feel greater satisfaction. If you consider your job as just a way to earn a paycheck, you might want to think about changing your career. Believing that you are doing something positive and worthwhile can bring you just as much more workplace satisfaction as getting paid.
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Give it your all
Commit yourself to do your job the very best you can. You will discover that if you put your entire attention into what you are doing at every moment. You will feel an immense satisfaction when the job is completed. Work mindfully throughout the day, but when work time is over, make sure you have enough time for your family, friends, and social life. Balancing your work and home life is very important to achieving job satisfaction.
Freedom and growth
Companies that offer flexible working hours and are attentive to personal needs and commitments are more satisfying to work for. Communicate your needs and your desires clearly within your job so that your managers can give you the chance to learn and develop to your full potential.
Even if your work is not currently very interesting. Knowing that you have the prospect of promotion and doing more interesting, mind-expanding tasks can help you to find satisfaction in the workplace. Participate in activities that aid communication between all levels in the company. Suggest a “bring your dog to work day” or getting ergonomic keyboards. There are many ways to make your workplace a better place to be. Finding satisfaction in the workplace depends just as much on you, your attitude, and your motivation, as it does on the company you work for.
About the Author
While freelancing definitely has its perks. Allison believes that whether you work an 8-to-5 job, manage an online business, or are starting as a freelancer, satisfaction ultimately comes from your overall attitude to work. Allison is grateful to have worked with various sites and blogs, having previously written for business and technology sites such as Trustpower. Get in touch with Allison here.