Whistle While You Work: How to Be Content in Your Job
Jobs are a sad fact of life in our world. People have to work in order to earn money that they use to live and buy things which in turn helps other people make their own money to live their lives. It is a viscous cycle, but every adult or even fiscally minded teenager knows the necessity of jobs to attain financial independence or at least a sense of that type of security. However, the world is full of jobs that people do not want to do but must be done in order to have the world be the way we want it. Also, some jobs are just not the ideal choice for certain people if they do not fit their skills, personal preferences, or any other million reasons why someone would not want a job. What happens though when you need the money of a job but are not too fond of the work, workplace, or coworkers? There are a few techniques though that you can utilize which can ease the symptoms of job discontentment until you find your dream job—whatever occupation or calling that ultimate goal might be.
It Is YOUR Choice!
It sounds cliché but the fact remains firm that it is true. A huge portion of attitude (particularly when pertaining to happiness) is influenced by your own approach to the situation. Basically, feelings about a certain thing or situation act as self fulfilling prophecies for the majority of people. However, to add another cliché to the mix—it is the simplest things that are the hardest. It is difficult to focus on being happy when the things that make you happy are few and far between at your job. All you have to do though is keep your eyes on the prize—the mental prize. Find a single thing about your job that you do enjoy and try to specialize in it. Make sure to do that aspect of your job everyday and try to become perfect at it so that when others need that particular job done they come to you, allowing you to spend more of your workday doing something that does not make you want to jump off the building.
Embrace Your Inner Creativity
One of the common complaints of people who are finding it difficult to achieve job satisfaction is boredom. It is easy to hate your job when the idea of sharpening a pencil in your ear or hiding in the bathroom for an hour can seem less mundane than your average daily grind. An easy way to solve this issue is to look into what you can do to change the everyday approach to your work. Dig deep into your creativity to make small but meaningful adjustments to your tasks, procedures, or just manner of doing things. Certainly others in your workplace would like you to see if there were ways you could be more productive during your eight hour period of service through any methods that your imagination can conjure. Think of what you can do that no one else has thought of. It might make you stand out for a promotion to a better job that you might enjoy more or simply help in making your day more enjoyable by changing things up enough to knock you out of a boring rut.
Keep Your Ears Open
Another big complaint is that a job sucks because someone is left out of the loop. You do not know what is going on or what needs to be done or basically are just kept out of communication circles that make you feel involved in your job. However, being a passive jar that simply waits for your boss to fill you up with information, tasks, or knowledge is just silly. Your bosses are busy doing their jobs—or should be. He or she does not know what you do not know (or wish to know) about your job because they are not mind readers. You cannot sit around and wait to be told what to do like a child. Actively seek out information if you want it. This search for communication in your work realm can help put aside boredom and even position you into a new level of professionalism where you become the go-to girl or boy and have a much more fulfilling workday by having people come to you for the low down or by working as your job’s social communication network—a regular Facebook or Twitter of the office as long as you show that you are the one with all the knowledge and are willing to share with everyone else who does not have bits of information but wants them. You are the only one who is ultimately in charge of the knowledge you receive at work. A few nice bosses or friendly coworkers might help you in the long run with a few tidbits here and there, but in the end only you attempting to open your ears and seek out information around work is going to get you what you need to make your job more interesting and to help you succeed at promoting yourself to a more desirable position.
Stay Away From the “Darkness”
Negativity is like a disease that can easily infect anyone in close or even moderately close contact with it. Every work environment at least has that “one person” who sucks all happiness, joy, or even basic contentment with their mere presence in a room. While those tend to be the most difficult people to stay away from, doing everything in your power to avoid them could help you avoid negative situations and the general negativity that they can bring. Gossip, especially the negative kind, is one of the staples of office life, but it is also one of the things that can get you in the most trouble and make your time at work a living hell if merely twisted in the right ways to apply pressure to your psyche. If you cannot resist a little office gossip or the lack of it will cause an increase in bad feelings for the current job that you already dislike, just try to keep to positive topics that will not cause negative friction between you and another coworker.
Make Your Own Appreciation
A big portion of job dissatisfaction can stem from under appreciation or even non-appreciation. How can you fix the actions of others—your coworkers or bosses? If you are feeling blue at your job because of the fact you work without recognition for your efforts, think about forming a type of employee appreciation team. If you are feeling there are issues with employee recognition, the chances are high that other coworkers feel the same. By having a team of workers that focus on creating appreciation and reward programs, everyone can be happier with their jobs which in turn increases office moral and work realm positivity that would make everything increasingly better all around! Having more positive reinforcement creates a feedback loop of feel good vibes to make your job more tolerable and perhaps even enjoyable to the point where you do no want to jump off the building.
Author: Brooke Windsor — Copyrighted © roadtickle.com