Thursday, July 8, 2010

Making Work More Enjoyable

A few words that describe work include labor, toil, effort, and exertion, and although work can certainly be all of these, it can also be rewarding and enjoyable. You do have some control over how much you enjoy your work. The following are actions you can try implementing to make your work life more pleasant:

Choose to be positive: Set your mind to being positive about your work, and your attitude and actions will follow. Focus on the parts of your job that you like most.

Look for development opportunities: Be responsible for your own professional development. Look for training classes that could assist you in your job while strengthening a skill.

Get informed:
Don’t rely solely on management to keep you informed about company goals, initiatives, changes, etc. Take an interest in what’s going on by networking with people from various groups in your organization.

Manage your workload: Don’t over commit. Avoid the stress that comes from not being able to deliver on your promises. If you’re having difficulty keeping up with work requests, ask your manager to help you prioritize your workload.

Make friends at work: If you like the people with whom you work, you are bound to enjoy your work more.

Avoid the naysayers: Avoid the handful of co-workers who are pessimistic about their job and/or the company.

Take a break: Even the busiest employees should strive to find at least 20 minutes of free time from their workday.

If you’ve given it ample time and made an honest effort to enjoy your work, yet still find yourself dissatisfied, it may be time to start looking for a new job. If you engage in a job search, make sure it doesn’t interfere with your current work responsibilities and that you maintain the utmost professionalism.

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