By Agella Kevas
With Valentine’s Day approaching, it got me thinking about the different kinds of love we experience. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the love for your family and friends (so I immediately sent a warm and loving note to my husband.) However, we don’t actually spend that much time with people to whom we are closest. We spend most of our time, more than 8 hours a day, working! Isn’t the love of our jobs another kind of love?
According to a Gallup survey, 30% are happy in their work, 52% feel blah and 18% hate their jobs. Although I’m lucky to be part of the 30%, the majority of workers are unhappy or somewhat disengaged. Just like people trying to improve a marriage or relationship that is struggling, there are things you can do to become more engaged if you start “falling out of love” with your job.
When you started your job, you were probably in the newlywed stage where you loved going to work and you had great passion for what you were doing. As time passed, you may have started to feel more distant from that. Maybe you became more aware of other people’s agendas, stumbled upon office politics or began focusing on negative things that you hadn’t noticed before. Regardless of what has changed, I challenge you to find ways to fall back in love with your job.
Here are some tips to help you to keep the employment love alive:
- Find your passion. Remember why you started working in the field, for that company or for your customers/clients.
- Take on new projects. Though you may be really busy, you might need to stretch yourself with projects that you can get excited about.
- Refocus your energy. Be positive. I know it’s a cliché, but look at the bright side. It’s much easier to complain about things than to change or fix them.
- Have fun. Organize a lunch, an exercise program or coffee circle where you and your coworkers get together and have some laughs. Coming to work is always easier when you have good relationships with your colleagues.
Making personal and professional relationships last for the long run takes work, creativity and motivation. Loving your job and true love are not just romantic myths. Both can be real if you are willing to put in the work.
By Agella Kevas, Senior Manager, JCS Career Center
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