10 Tips For Making Your Job More Bearable
Confucius is quoted as stating, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Do you love what you do? Or do you go to work each morning dreading the coming day?
In today’s economy, many are scared to leave their current jobs in hopes of finding a better one. Companies are overworking the few employees they have kept around and employees are feeling under-appreciated. If you are in this category of overworked and underpaid, here are some tips for making it more appealing until you are able to gain back the passion you once had or find a new career that will allow you to work in an area in which you are passionate.
1.Talk to your boss about growth opportunities.
Your boss may have potential opportunities or projects that you could work on to show your skills in other areas. If you never ask, you won’t know what he or she may be able to give you that can help you expand your portfolio, gain exposure to other areas of the company, or show your ability to work on higher visibility projects.
2.Talk with your coworkers about how you can help them.
Are your coworkers always talking about how overworked they are? Ask them how you can serve them by taking on some of their workload. This is a great way to show them you are interested in supporting them as well as gaining some great feedback at your next review!
3.Talk with your coworkers about how they can help you.
Are you overworked? Ask your coworkers if they are available to support you on a project or two. This will allow them to know you value their work and trust them to do as well as you would do. If they are overworked as well, ask if you can partner on the project.
4.Take a class in something you really want to learn.
If you want to learn some new skills or information, take a class in a subject unrelated to your job. You can find free or low-cost options at your local Department of Labor office, Adult Education facility, or Parks and Recreation magazine. At times, local colleges will allow you to audit classes for a low tuition. Ask around to find the best options for your situation.
5. Attend a webinar to increase your strengths or improve your weaknesses.
Many coaches and trainers offer free or low-cost webinars in a variety of areas. If you are already good at something, but want to add to your skills, try this option. Also take advantage of your company’s training options. Set up a Google alert so you can learn about free webinars in your area.
6. Cross-train in another department to gain experience outside your current field.
Perhaps you work for a company where you can cross-train in another area. Do you work in IT supporting a specific application? Talk with your boss about working with another group during your “slow” time so you can become skilled in another application. If you work for a restaurant washing dishes, you can ask if you can work on prep once a week. Every company has more than one area to learn. You just have to be willing to ask.
7. Become a blessing to others so they want to promote your work and encourage others to use you.
When you give to others, they want to give back to you. Find a way to be a blessing to your coworkers. Bring in fruit salad on a Friday morning. Send cards of appreciation. Put a good work in to their bosses. Leave an extra brownie on their desk. Offer to stay late to close the store, or come in early to cover a study. They will appreciate your gesture and remember you as being someone who encouraged others and was there when they needed you. In the long-run, this will pay off for you more than you expect.
8. Find ways to become more efficient and organized.
Reality is that many people are just overworked and become disorganized because they don’t know how to manage their time well. Take a Franklin Covey class on Time Management, talk with coworkers about how they manage their workload. Ask your boss for a more flexible schedule that allows you to work during you peak performance hours. By cutting out some of the duplicity of your job and learning ways to improve processes, you can save hours in your day and learn that you might really enjoy what you do.
9. Volunteer in your community. Yes, volunteering OUTSIDE of your workplace can help you enjoy your job more. Many people are dissatisfied with their work not because they don't enjoy what they do but because they feel they aren't making a difference in society. If you fall in this category, you don't have to run out and get a new job or head into the office every morning upset you are living your calling! You can volunteer in your community and make a difference during your time off. Some companies will pay for volunteer days or provide a donation to a non-profit organization you volunteer with for a certain number of hours each month. Look into your company's policy. To find organizations that need your help review Volunteer Match or Christian Volunteering.
10. Change your attitude. It can be as simple as changing the way you look at things. At time, people don't like their job because they don't like their bosses, their coworkers, the amount of paperwork they have to do, the systems they work with, or a number of other reasons. If you can change your attitude and be be thankful you have a job to go to (many in this world don't) and that you have the opportunity to learn new skills (in any job, there is always something to learn), then you may be able to look at things differently. Look around you and find something to be positive about: the great look of your office, the wonderful smell of the flowers the secretary has on her desk as you walk in each morning, the cheerfulness of your colleagues as you have your morning coffee (okay, that may be pushing it)...you get the point. Someone once said, "Change your attitude, change your life"; I believe this to be true!
Start identifying your passions and work toward doing something you love. You may find that you able to make your current job your dream job OR you may discover you will have to quit to create the future you were born to live. Whatever you do, the key to your true happiness lies within finding out what you were purposed to do and then going after doing that. Find and do what you love. I did and it was the best change I ever made! Join me!
How to Find And Do Work You Love: Scott Dinsmore
Whatever tips you apply to your situation, remember to smile and enjoy each day as best you can. When you smile, you release chemicals into your brain that prevent you from feeling blue and desperate. This will allow you to look at the positive side of things – in a down economy, you get to go to work every day and provide for your family. There is always a positive to every job; you have to find the good in yours.