I owe, I owe, so off to work I go! Do you believe in the concept of 8 hours work, 8 hours recreation, and 8 hours rest? This was created to help people achieve a balanced life but what if we don’t like our job? I read a Gallup Poll that says that 85% of the work force hate their jobs. Wow! That’s huge. Then I read another survey that says that 55% of us like our jobs. Regardless of which survey you believe, if you don’t like your job, change something. To start, I blame that on our bosses and us.
What can we do?
Confucius says that you will never have to work a day in your life if you choose a job you love. Let’s explore that and in the meantime, I have a few ideas that might help:
1. Work towards a job that best fits our desires by retraining, learning, exploring, etc…
2. Don’t wait for our bosses to make us happy; seize the moment and work on things that make us happy.
3. Bosses; understand that your employees need you to provide them a few things. Here are some ideas:
a. They need consistency in their workday. Knowing they have a job tomorrow, they will work their regular shift, they will be safe, they have the tools to do their jobs, etc…
b. They need variety. Doing the same thing for many years becomes boring. Change things up a little. Provide an occasional fun activity to break up the sour moods.
c. They need to feel important. Treat them with respect and expect the same in return. Ask for their opinion and don’t scoff at any of their ideas. A challenging idea with a few tweaks can become a gem of an idea. Work with them.
d. They need to belong. Include them in projects, meetings, and communications from head office and/or business plans.
Do your best to change your job from a disappointment to a fun, exciting, and fulfilling one. Brought to you by your friendly neighborhood accountant.
Keep things simple!