It’s official: Most people are miserable at work. According to just-released data by Gallup, only 13% of people worldwide actually like going to work! It’s a disturbing number, to say the least.
Much have been debated about how important it is to find a job you love. But, maybe it’s not as critical as we’ve been led to believe. Yes, you can and should find enjoyment in your work, but turns out, you don’t have to love, or even like your overall job to enjoy everyday aspects of it.
So, the fact that you’re underpaid, and your boss doesn’t appreciate you, isn’t ideal, but it can still be okay, for now. And no, we’re not encouraging you to stay in a job that makes you miserable; if you dislike your job, start looking for a better one today. But, remember, while you’re searching for that perfect job, enjoy the way you’re doing the present one, and keep celebrating and expanding all the other joys of life.
Career coach Kerry Hannon’s book, Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness, is a game changer for workers who crave a career reboot without starting from square one.
Here are the guidelines:
- Switch up your routine. Make a change – even if it’s a small one. Take frequent breaks outside, meditate, or exercise during your lunch break. Develop new habits that bring much more purpose into every single workday.
- Highlight the things that you do love about your job; whether it’s your colleagues or a specific task or perk. Refer to it often.
- Stay up to speed. Read trade publications and set up a Google Alert to notify you about the latest news in your industry.
- Ask for new assignments. Start some sparks! Craft an entrepreneurial attitude that will get you noticed.
- Celebrate small successes.
- Declutter your desk. It’s liberating and empowering.
- Find joy around the edges. If you love music, form a band with some co-workers or start a happy hour tradition on a Friday afternoon.
- Make sure to have your “happy place” close by. Tape a special image on your office wall to remind you that life is not all about work.
- Check with your HR department about projects that may already be in place or start a project on your own.
Maybe, just maybe, if you reinvent the way you see work, who knows where your new outlook will lead!
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” – Pearl Buck