Five Ways to Get More from Your Job
By Helen Godfrey, MA, NCC, BCC, LPC
Unless you're independently wealthy or you have the luxury of being provided for, you probably need a job. Finding one you like and that you can live with can be challenging. Regardless of your current role, you can get more from your job.
You don't always have to change jobs to be happy. Some people do switch jobs and find something more rewarding. But what if you aren't in a position to change your job right now? You can be happier and more fulfilled right where you are.
Jobs Are Often What You Make of Them
It's very easy to convince yourself that you don't like your job. It's a little harder, but much more rewarding, to convince yourself that you love your job. Try to focus on the valuable aspects of your job.
Here are some ways to emphasize the positive:
Remember that the people you work with will all have their own opinions, goals, and agendas. What they do only really matters if it's directly affecting you. For example, another's actions affect you if they make you look bad. Beyond that kind of an issue, though, just let others do what they will. Unless you are their direct supervisor, although it can be annoying to observe, this really isn’t your problem nor your business. Letting go of the need to control and the expectation that everyone will behave the way you think is right will allow you to relax more at work.
It can be difficult to keep quiet when you aren't getting a promotion or the recognition that you feel you deserve. However, acting angry or defeated in response will show up in your work and keep you from attaining what you want. With that in mind, focus on what you want in your job and work toward it.
Let Others Help You with Your Job Worries
Avoid being a martyr. Carrying the burden all alone can be painful. There's nothing wrong with being honest about your job challenges with friends and families. Whining won't help, so try to communicate as positively as you can. You can also talk about your issues at work as long as it's clear you're searching for a positive solution. Ask for help if you need it.
If challenges at work seem really overwhelming and it's not just because you feel overworked or underappreciated, you can take action. Harassment and other legal issues should be reported. You aren't required to work under those kinds of conditions. You can also consider changing jobs if possible. Sometimes simply applying for jobs can be a relief because you see that you have options.
When you feel "stuck" in a job you don't really care for, you can still make the best of it with a positive attitude. A job doesn't have to be your life's career. You may change it later. At the moment, however, that job provides you with the ability to pay your bills and feed your family. That's a lot to be thankful for, which gives your job both value and worth.