How To Love Your Job
People ask me what to do about finding a job they love. I remind them, like in the words to an old country song, to love the job they have. Now, I do know there are jobs it is impossible to love. Sometimes owners or managers make it impossible to even LIKE your job. Those are toxic environments and you should definitely leave as soon as possible. Sometimes we discover it is the wrong job or career for us. That happened for me when teaching middle school immediately after College. The career I trained for sent me home crying some days, and with migraines other days. I left and entered marketing, advertising and public relations and found my calling. Until 15 years later when I found a new one. Keeping life and work interesting often involves change.
If the environment isn’t toxic and doesn’t cause migraines, but is simply boring to you, you can help change that. Look at the service or product your company provides. See how you help support the delivery of that product or service. Then look at your job and how you can make it better, which could also make the company better. Present your ideas to management and higher. Ask the what can be added to your job description to make it more interesting to you, and moreover, to make use of more of your talents and skill.
Take advantage of any and all perks. More and more jobs are offering unlimited time off when work is complete. Start ups and now even more established companies are providing lunch, snacks, game rooms, gym passes and other incentives. If you have suggestions of your own, talk with HR about what will make your job and those of others better, easier and more productive.
But what if you are just starting a new job, and are scared you won’t like it? The trick is to find something in the company, the product, or the company mission statement that appeals to you, and that will appeal to the public and the consumer. Discover how what you do helps people. Nearly all jobs are designed to help people on some level. Find how yours does and convey that to clients and consumers. If you don’t work directly with clients and consumers, map out how what you do helps the sales, marketing, or support staff. Ask those departments how you can help. Every field, including education, is marketing, selling and/or providing something people need and want. You can feel good about contributing to any field that gives people what they need.
Align yourself with the company’s mission statement. If you work with a Start-Up, maybe you can even be a part of creating the mission statement. Most of us want to belong. Believing in the values a company expresses makes us feel we are a part of those values. And that makes us feel we are a part of something meaningful.
If you are an entrepreneur, or aspire to be one, the same advice works. Find your niche, which includes your demographic and what they need and want. Develop and test your product or service to offer exactly that. Fill a need no one else is filling, or are not filling adequately. Create your mission statement to inspire yourself and those you hire to align with your values. Believe in yourself and what you are offering. When you hire others, make sure they feel they are a part of the team, and invite their input.
Belonging and making a difference bring the most satisfaction one can find in any job. Discover the difference you make and embrace and refine your role. Be a part of the team. Be creative. Be a more satisfied you.
Originally published at newchoicesguide.com on January 29, 2019.