In a perfect world, every employee matters and every employee appreciates their job. In this world, however, there are millions of employees who do not see the importance of what they do, for whatever reason.
The problem with this scenario is that you will never be happy unless you feel that your job does matter and that your company appreciates what you do. There are those who choose to jump from one job to another, “hoping” to find that job that changes how they feel about work, that one job that makes them happy.
For some, job hopping may work, but for most, the issue is not with the job but with themselves. Here’s how to be a better employee – because becoming a better employee entails being happy at what you do.
Change the way you think about your job
Doing something because you feel it is what your employer expects you to do may get you going for a while, but eventually, you may resent it. Doing something because you know it’s important not only for the company but your growth is a different matter. It helps you get up in the morning already thinking of ways to be better, do better. Unless you change the way you think about your work, you may never find inspiration and happiness on the job.
Learn to deal with stress and conflict
Stress is a natural part of life, and it’s one of the factors that makes you better at your job. It makes you more creative and helps you work through adversity. But if you don’t learn how to handle it, it will make you fold. Learn some ways to handle stress; don’t let it be the center of your life.
As for conflict, be mature in handling any issue. Sometimes, the problem is not with you or even the other party; sometimes it is the fruit of another issue, and you or the other party are guilty of taking the baggage with you to work. If there is a problem – say, you believe your boss has been less than decent with you – find peaceful and proper ways to resolve it. Don’t take your anger to social media and start badmouthing the other person. If it comes to it, an employment mediator may be the right party to come between you and the other person so the issue may be resolved amicably and as fairly as possible to all concerned.
You have a job; that alone is enough reason to be thankful. Plenty of people would love that job you hate so much, and plenty others hate that job you want so bad. It is only a matter of perspective and mind conditioning. Learn to feel gratitude for what you have, and you’ll see your job in a different, more positive way.
There is no reason not to be happy with your job. You can’t control everything, but you can control how you feel about it.