The United States unemployment rate is among the lowest we've seen in years, and employee engagement is below 40 percent.
The majority of people claim to enjoy being busy during the workday because it makes the time go by faster. As a society, we tend to like our weekends to last long and our weeks to go quickly. Why? Because of the mental belief we need a break from a week we haven't even had yet.
Here are five ways to fall in love with your job, and maybe stop the itch to have the weekend so quickly:
1. Get off social media during the day. It's been proven that social media, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, make people sad, jealous and just unhappy. Your friend is on vacation in Tahiti and you're looking at an Excel document. Her life is great and yours sucks. Except she got in a huge fight with her boyfriend last night and posed 10 times to get that perfect picture. Don't punish yourself, look at your social media after work, you'll be happier.
2. Learn about what your company does or the product it makes. Do you really know? Are you a SME (subject matter expert)? Whether your role is in sales, Human Resources, marketing, finance, legal....do you really know what your company does? How it delivers its product or service. Even if you're in sales, do you know how the technology works or how it's developed? If you spend time with the creators and truly study the website and marketing materials, you'll know where you really work.
3. Avoid the negatives. Every company has them. The person who just sees the gloomy; the free bagels are from the bad store. The party doesn't have the right liquor. They don't agree with who the employee of the month was. When things are right for the majority, for the customer, then it's the duty of employees to "complain" to management about what's wrong and what can be improved. But the person who never takes their issues to management is because it's not a "we" complaint, it's a "me" complaint. Stay away from the complainer.
4. Have a tangible goal given to you by your manager. Not all managers are the same and of course not all managers are good. But guess what, not all employees are good either :). Ask your manager for a tangible goal. What they want you to accomplish and by when. It may be a part of your job or may be a special project. However knowing you have a deadline and a goal that will be viewed as an accomplishment and achievement, will make you feel better about your work, your job and yourself.
5. Find your rabbit. At the dog track, there is a mechanical rabbit that runs in front of the dogs that they chase. Find your rabbit in the office. Who is that employee in your division or at your company, or if you're the best, in your industry, that is just outside your reach? They are the ones who always get promoted. They are the ones who always are at the top of the leaderboards. They are the ones who take pride in themselves, and are always looking sharp and getting compliments. Find someone to chase. Competitiveness is a good thing. Don't be cutthroat. Just know who the person is who gets the "A" on every test, and figure out how to catch them.
Your job should be a career, a journey of self-discovery. If you can't wait for the week to end, you will never discover what you can truly become.
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