The Simple Shift In Thinking That Makes All the Difference
If you're currently less than in love with your job, know that you are not alone. According to the Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey, more than 50% of Americans are unsatisfied with their employment for one reason or another. But rather than wallow in the perceived impossibility of finding happiness at the office, why not consider a simple shift in mentality?
According to Inc. contributor and author Robin Camarote, the secret to achieving higher levels of satisfaction lies in shifting from the "what" to the "how." In other words, shift away from why what you're doing is not right and instead consider how you're doing it. The categories she outlines for understanding "how" we work include:
- Management support. How would you characterize your relationship with your boss, or leadership at your company? Are you being watched with an ever-critical eye, or do you feel supported and encouraged in your growth and ambitions?
- Team dynamics. Is there camaraderie amidst your team members? Do you learn from each other? Do you have a close friend you like going to lunch with? Do you have shared interests and enjoy time spent together?
- Where and when you get your work done. This includes factors such as commutes, whether or not you sit in a cubicle, and whether you can set your own agenda or have daily check-ins with superiors.
- Business and client relationships. Do the ways you interact with clients feel true to you, or forced and disingenuous? Are you encouraged to nurture relationships in the way that best suits you?
Once you better understand these sorts of variables (and how you feel about each of them), you can make some tactical decisions to better your circumstances. Even if you don't land the jackpot and find your one true calling, you may find yourself with a healthy work/life balance and feeling perfectly happy and fulfilled all the same.
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