Ever had a job that you didn’t enjoy?
Is it possible to enjoy your job if you don’t like it?
In fact, you dread going into work and just do enough for the day.
You wished you could magically go inside the clock and fast forward the hands of time, so you can leave.
You are not alone. According to the Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey in 2016, nearly 49.6 percent of US workers are satisfied with their jobs. This is the highest overall job satisfaction has been in the US since 2005. So, over 50 percent of individuals are not satisfied in their jobs.
There are many reasons why the 50 percent are not satisfied with their job, however is it possible to enjoy a job you really don’t like? You can turn a job that you don’t like, into a job that you can tolerate.
Here a few ways to do that.
How to enjoy your job begins with gratitude.
Gratitude really? “You want me to be grateful for my job when I don’t like it?” Yes!
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward
Before you begin your work day, take five minutes and write down five things you are grateful for about your job. Yes, write down five things you are grateful for. And repeat this process daily for the next five working days. This activity will be difficult at first and may take more than five minutes to complete.
Start writing simple things which could be: the close parking space you found, your coffee/tea cup, the stranger that said hello. Start with the small things which you can be grateful for.
How to enjoy your job is about having an intention.
A good question to ask of yourself is “What must I do today to ensure I do my best?”
Notice the question isn’t “What must my Manager do today to ensure I do my best?”
Take the time to focus on this question and write your response down. As you go throughout the day, ask yourself “I am living up to my response?” This will help create the shift you need within yourself, given you desire to be intentional.
How to enjoy your job – start to look for ways you can learn.
Is there a committee or group/task force you could join?
How about a new program or skill you can learn, which will enhance your involvement in your work environment during the day?
This might be uncomfortable, however can open the doors within your mind and open the doors of possibility for you to do something different within your job.
How to enjoy your job – find something outside of work that will bring you fulfillment.
It could be a volunteering, a hobby, a sport, an activity, perhaps a side business or passion which want to pursue.
What is that for you?
Doing something which provides energy outside of work, can give you the energy you need to move through your day at work.
“Passion is the energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
How to enjoy your job – identify the benefits of your job, which provide a value to you.
These are not your health or company benefits.
Identify what you receive from your job, which could consist of: a flexible work schedule, the ability to work from home, connection with co-workers are just a few.
Again, this will be hard however, just like identifying five things to be grateful for, you can identify the benefits about your current job.
Staying in a job you don’t like can be difficult, however by implementing these five strategies you can move from the ‘don’t like’ phase to a job that is tolerable.
To help you with this transition, I have developed a resource entitled What’s Possible that you can download and begin to think about the possibilities in your job.
Write down what is possible in your current job. Put aside your feelings and begin to implement the above strategies and see what is possible.
“Find joy in everything you do. Every job, relationship, home…. it’s your responsibility to love it or change it.” -Chuck Palahniuk
You can move from the 50.4 precent group to the 49.6 percent of individuals who are satisfied with their jobs.
I’d love to know if you are currently satisfied or unsatisfied in your current job. You can comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is to you being satisfied in your job!