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Many employees, particularly in junior roles, may not feel their efforts are recognised. Often, the following challenges can cause negativity at work:
This can lead to a multitude of dilemmas in your workplace. As an employee, you want to be involved in rewarding, enjoyable and fulfilling work, get recognised and potentially promoted for your efforts, and be appreciated for the key role you play within the company.
At the same time, you want a balanced life with time for the things you really want to do, with a full and interesting social life. It’s important to have clarity about your career, job duties and you want to continue to be healthy, fit and stress free.
A good approach to finding a balance that suits you is to decide just how much you love the work you do. Do you look forward to your working day, or would you rather be doing anything else? What motivates you? And how do you structure your daily routine?
A recent survey suggests that almost 2 out of 3 people are dissatisfied with their current jobs. This means that most people either lack enthusiasm towards finding what they really love to do, or they are resigned to continue being in their current situation.
No matter how good other parts of your life can be (such as family, social life and relationships), work takes up a major part of your life and should not be neglected.
Assuming that in the short term you are not able to change jobs, there are a number of changes you can make to help start enjoying more of what you currently do. Ask yourself these questions: Is it the job or is it you? What can you do to make your current work more enjoyable?
You alone are responsible for your life, and if you are unable to immediately change the job you are in, then it is up to you to make the most of it.
Here are several ways that could help you enjoy your current job more:
Think of how the work you have allows you to have your life outside of it, such as a great social life. A positive attitude will make the day more pleasant and productive.
You can only do the best you can in each situation. Look beyond yourself and your work, and consider the bigger picture. Do some voluntary work to gain a broader outlook. Find a way to contribute to society in general.
Do not have your identity too strongly tied to the job you do. Give up thinking that your work life “should” be a certain way. Such expectations of what you were supposed to be, as set by your parents and teachers, stop you from enjoying what you currently do.
In your to-do list include long term projects as well as the more imminent things that need doing. Prioritise your to-do list – do the most important things first. When performing any task, ask yourself – is this the best use of my time? Schedule in enough time for your studies etc.
Do not let yourself be distracted by worrying about all the other things to be done or losing energy over the undesirable situation you find yourself in. Stay in the moment.
Be ruthless and take care of a task before it gets on a possible procrastination list. For example, sort your morning post immediately in one go – open it, file it, act on it or bin it there and then.
The more clear and upfront you are with your manager and the other people you work with, the better it will be for you in the long term.
Decide if there is anything that can be delegated, or that more fairly belongs to someone else’s work load. Always remember the “3D” rule – do it, dump it or delegate it – never handle a piece of paper twice.
Get away from your normal workplace even if only for five minutes. Try taking a break from the laptop, emails and do leave the mobile behind. Make sure that you do have that lunch break – it is not just for food but also for fresh air and a mental break.
Eat a healthy lunch and if you must snack, make sure it is healthy too – an apple rather than a bag of chips. Look for ways of energising yourself other than from adrenaline and caffeine.
At the end of the day it is only a job, and you are much more than that. In years to come, you will look back and wonder what the fuss was.
Do not gossip in the office as it just creates negativity all around. Do not listen to any gossip either. Minimise your time with people that you do not resonate with or like.
Learn to have more fun at work. Laugh more and chill out. Perform with a more fun orientated approach.
Look at what worked well, and what could be improved the next day. If you feel satisfied with the day’s work, then why not reward yourself later that day. You deserve it.
You are already at work a third of your time, so do not continue to keep it buzzing in your head during your supposed free time. Mentally say goodbye to your work space the moment you leave for home.
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