If you work full time, you may fit into the majority of similar people in the United States who, according to recent statistics, spend an average of 37 hours a week, or 7.4 hours a day, at work. Those who are happy with their jobs are 12 percent more productive than others. It’s encouraging to note that 53 percent of U.S. workers report they love their jobs. Are you one of them?
You can and should find enjoyment in your job. Doing so is critical to your overall sense of well-being and work/life balance. Nobody loves every minute of every day at work, but the passion to succeed and contribute should be there.
The good news is: You can take steps to change your job for the better – or at least make an informed choice about whether or not you need a change. It’s all about what you do with the opportunity.
How to Love What You Do
It won’t happen overnight, but you can turn yours into a job you love – or at least like whole lot more. Here are some suggestions:
- Change your perspective. Identify the things you do like about your job. Maybe there are certain perks you look forward to or co-workers you enjoy spending time with. Or, what about the job itself? Are there some responsibilities you truly enjoy or take pride in? Focusing on the positives will help improve your overall attitude.
- Be honest. Once you’ve identified the positives, it may be time to talk to your boss about your current state of mind. But, don’t use this as an opportunity to tear apart the company or vent nonstop about what you dislike. Open in a constructive way and as the conversation progresses, share what’s been bothering you. A good manager will appreciate your candor and be willing to work with you.
- Figure out what you do best. If you’re unsure of what your best professional strengths are, take an aptitude test to find out. When you’re good at something, you’ll enjoy it more. After you’ve determined this, think about which areas of your job fall outside that realm. If possible, find a co-worker with opposite strengths and offer to take on some of their tasks in exchange for yours.
- Consider your priorities. Why do you do what you do? Is it to earn money to start a family or buy a home? Is it to gain experience to reach a bigger future goal? Does it help to pay for education for a degree to learn to do something else? Make a list of your priorities and reasons, and post it in a visible spot. Pause when needed and reread it to boost your spirits.
The career experts at PrideStaff Fresno can partner with you as you achieve your career goals – whether it means self-development in your current role, or developing a long-term plan for growth and change. Either way, we’ll help you find and maintain passion for what you do every day. Contact us today to learn more.