Learn to Love your Job!

19th May 2014 by Grace Bullingham

Learn to Love your Job!

Learn to Love your Job!

Feeling a little bit stressed? Not loving your job anymore? If you have answered ‘yes’ to both questions then it is time to make a change. Don’t panic, it doesn’t mean you have to find a new career or job, you may just need to take a few simple steps to lift you out of feeling like you are stuck in a rut.

You are not alone! Studies show that only 1 in 5 people really enjoy their jobs. Why is this? Is it the job or is it you? Sometimes you need to focus on one thing at a time, whether that be something personal and outside of work or that you need to focus on your job. We all spend a lot of time and put a lot of energy into our work, that’s why it’s important to try and change aspects that make you unhappy. For happiness in life and positive mental health you need to enjoy your job.

Know what makes you happy

Think about the things you enjoy doing at work. Then decide a way of maximising the time and energy you spend doing these tasks. Perhaps you could speak to your line manager about acquiring a different position which focuses upon the elements you enjoy. Generally we should be pretty good at what we’re passionate about, so with goals in mind, I can’t see how this idea would be rejected.  If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

Perhaps it’s the job balance that’s making you unhappy, are you spending too much time at work? Not enough family time? Everybody needs to have time to themselves, it’s so important to give yourself a cut-off point.  Not only will you benefit from this, but others around you will too. Nobody wants to sit at dinner whilst their partner is checking emails on their phone - know when to switch it off!

It could be that you have been in the same position for too long. If you don’t voice this to your boss, it’s a downward spiral. You need to know how to approach the situation correctly, but do tell your boss you are looking to further your position. They may set a few targets first but once you’ve proven yourself, not only will you gain a promotion but a pay rise too…

Here’s How to ask for a pay rise (and get one)!

Maybe you need to change your mind set. Rather than thinking ‘I’m too stressed’, ask ‘what’s causing this stress?’, or likewise change ‘why should I stay here? I’ll never get a better position’ into ‘Why do I need to be a CEO? What’s wrong with my current position?’

Assess your situation carefully before making any drastic decisions. Sometimes you have to take the rough with the smooth, being miserable for a short while could bring you a lifetime of happiness, but that is in YOUR hands, only you can turn things around.

Learn to love those around you

You undoubtedly spend the most time with your work colleagues, and it’s these people who can make or break your working environment. Invest time in your work colleagues; not just in work but out of work, ensure you attend company socials, it’s nice to get to know your colleagues outside of work too!

Invest time in colleagues who specialise in other areas of the company, learning new skills or acquiring new knowledge can increase both job security and job satisfaction – you may even discover you want to work in a completely different area of the company! It’s rewarding in many ways to build relationships at work.

If you find yourself in a pickle with a co-worker, find common ground. Listen to them and try to come up with a practical solution that works for the both of you.

Ask! Probably the most important of all, ask questions. Ask your colleagues what they enjoy most, ask them about their role, ask for ways to further your role, ask for development opportunities…. You get the gist!

Stay happy

Keep yourself motivated and on form. Think of digestible ways you can complete tasks on days you feel least motivated, for example a list of tasks you can complete in 5 minutes. This ensures you get the job done and simultaneously make the most of your time. It’s easy to attempt completing many jobs at once but multitasking doesn’t always produce results at work.

Likewise it’s easy to get stuck on Facebook – don’t get me wrong it’s equally important to allow yourself short breaks but don’t get carried away. The average time wasted per day is 2 out of 8 – quite a baffling statistic which screams ‘stay focused!’

Being productive is quite simple really – prioritise tasks and work around your body clock. Know when you’re more likely to be sluggish, save your easiest jobs for this time and nail the more demanding jobs when your energy levels are at their peak.

Being happy in the workplace can make people healthier, more sociable, more generous, less lethargic and without doubt - a better employee!

The bottom line is – if you are unhappy at work, take a step back, reflect and take action.

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