Sam Cartwright career, steps, job search...
Today is Valentine’s Day, so we couldn’t think of a better time to let you know how you can fall back in love with your job. Your career is a huge part of your life, in fact a full third of your life will be spent in work (read more). You will also spend more time in work than with your partner!
Did you know that 70% of employees are “actively disengaged” with their work? (read more) Also, as little as 8% of the UK workforce are actually enthusiastic about their jobs (read more). One reason for this may be that people simply see work as a way of paying the bills. However, one important stat to compare to the previous is that just 12% of job-movers say money prompted their exit (read more).
So, what went wrong? Well, according to a survey last year conducted by LinkedIn; the most common workplace trend which leads to happy employees is the notion of purposeful work, along with inspirational leadership. Loving your job through improving lives and making a positive social difference can provide you with a sense of pride and fulfilment, whilst potentially leading you to your next great achievement.
One of the first steps you can take to loving your job is to start a conversation about workplace happiness in a team meeting. From a leadership perspective; what motivates your team to achieve success? How do they work best? Are your goals aligned? These are all important questions, which if answered correctly can improve cohesion and lead to a positive work environment for your team. From a team member perspective; perhaps this is something that your fellow colleagues and Manager need to be aware of so that you can help each other.
A supportive working environment can be the key to loving your job. Getting to know your colleagues and grabbing lunch or a quick tea break once a day goes a long way. Grasping the personality of someone can often be a driver to understanding their working habits and how best to communicate with one another.
Smartphones can make working life so much easier. However, they can also essentially facilitate never ending work loads with calls, texts with emails coming through constantly. An idea could be to find your most efficient hour of the day and mute all lines of communication, focusing solely on one single project/task during this time. This way you are able to feel a sense of accomplishment and reduce your work load each day, even on those cluttered and busy days of the week, leading to a greater sense of positivity when you leave work.
We know work can be stressful at times as there are elements to every job that people dislike. This could be repetitive tasks that are necessary and important, yet mundane. On the other hand, this could be extremely difficult work that takes time and the majority of your focus. This Valentine’s Day try to embrace the difficult parts of your job; undertaking work that you dislike and focusing a great deal of your time and effort on completing this task gets it delivered quicker and will boost your self-esteem.
When finding a role that is a great fit for you, half the battle is, like any good relationship, find the right balance. Perhaps this means making the decision to change jobs to find what works for you. Researching into a company, their career development opportunities, incentives, culture, etc. will help you make an informed decision.
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