It’s Sunday night and as you sit with your feet up watching the most recent episode of The Voice that feeling of dread starts to seep into your mind and wash over your sub consciousness. No, it’s not the beginning of a horror movie – it’s the feeling you get when you think of Monday morning. If that feeling is all too familiar then perhaps it’s time you started to learn to love your job.
The first step in your new, romantic adventure with your job is to get to the root of the problem. Ask yourself, is it the job or is it me? Is this a small problem that can easily be solved? There are probably lots of small changes that you can make that will infinitely improve your day; Make your work place a nice environment, purchase a pot plant for your desk, try to reduce stress, stay away from office politics, learn to relax, take regular breaks, have a chat with your manager. Do you need to learn to switch off once you leave? It could be this easy.
Keep your work in perspective. Realise that your job does not define you, but how you do it does. There’s a lot to be said for attitude and the way you treat people — even your mood — does not go unnoticed. They have a profound influence on the people you work with. There are times when you can’t control your situation, but you can always choose how you live in it.
Find the significance in what you do. This may require you to think big, but it can be done. Take some time to really think about what you do. Do you provide an essential service? Do you get to see the finished product? Then ask yourself what unique positives you bring to the position. Perspective plays a huge role in personal satisfaction and sense of well-being. Remember why you chose this career path in the first place.
Like in any blossoming relationship don’t let money get in the way. Money rarely brings satisfaction and is not a good indication of success. Think about how you personally measure success, if it’s waking up on a Monday morning excited and enthusiastic about the day ahead then think about if your job will bring you that level of success. Your work has to mean more to you than just a paycheck at the end of the month.
Asking yourself why you do your job doesn’t mean you’re dissatisfied, just self-aware. This awareness can lead to greater job satisfaction, an increased sense of well being. For some, it may be time for a change – if so, don’t be afraid of it. Change isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just different.
At OSA we are well equipped to help you through that change. If it’s time to move position come and see us for an informal chat, so that we can help and guide you through your search for your next job.