I received some backchannel email blow-back on my last post (10 Most Loved Jobs. And 10 Most Hated) and the related posts on Doing What You Love. (Whispering to me: Here you go again. Not everyone is in the situation YOU are in. Try to walk in someone else’s shoes for a change. Tired of you preaching about Doing. What. You. Love. Some of us can’t walk away to a lesser paying job to Do.What.We.Love. We need to pay the bills. We can’t relo away from aging parents, family, friends. We can’t walk away from our house and the mortgage. We need to keep the Don’t-Love-My-Job we have.)
OK. I get it. Yet so many are unhappy. Feel stuck. Are unfulfilled. Or are frustrated in their current station. The three articles below share some excellent advice on how to make the most of the current job you are in. My Cliff-Notes recap is summarized here:
- Do. (Continue) to do an excellent job.
- Connect. (Develop deeper relationships with people you work with)
- Learn. (Learn & apply new skills and knowledge which will fuel higher levels of engagement)
- Contribute. (Achievement and contribution gives us a higher sense of purpose.)
- Don’t Complain. (…And drag down your colleagues and pollute your brand.)
“There’s no justiﬁcation for an employee to wait expectantly for the organization to furnish engagement, as if it’s something somebody can give you. The key to sustainable high engagement is taking primary responsibility for it. Now is the time to own your own engagement. (FastCompany)
Here’s the 3 self-help articles on the topic…
HBR Blog Network: Who Says Work Has to Be Fulfilling?
“…If you are unhappy with your job, go find another one, “they” say. And in theory, we don’t disagree with any of that. But we don’t live in a theoretical world. Fulfilling jobs don’t grow on trees, especially today when the unemployment rate is stubbornly high. Jobs that start out as fulfilling can become less so as bosses change, competition intensifies, or just as a matter of course. What’s a person to do?…”
From FastCompany: Feeling Blah About Work? Don’t Blame Your Boss–Get Engaged
“…As an employee, you have three choices: Accept what you’ve been given, change what you’ve been given, or leave what you’ve been given. We want to focus on the second option. If you feel underused and undervalued, you can do something about it…”
HBR Blog Network: Don’t Like Your Job? Change it. (Without Quitting)
“..Sometimes you know your job just isn’t right for you. Maybe you’re in the wrong field, don’t enjoy the work, feel surrounded by untrustworthy coworkers, or have an incompetent. Most people would tell you to find something that’s a better fit. But that may not be possible. There are many reasons you may not be able to leave: a tough economy, family commitments, or limited opportunities in your field. So what do you do when you’re stuck in the wrong job?…”
- 10 Most Loved Jobs. (And The 10 Most Hated)
- I’ve never worked a day in my life…
- Why you will fail to have a great career…
- Do what you love?
- Is your job killing you?
- Nothing is small or petty in this life…
- What the whole world wants is a good job…
- Wednesday For Women…Get Seduced
- The Best Job Is The One You Have…