For years I've questioned research that reflects three of four people dislike their job. From the trenches in Silicon Valley, I'd say the majority of the people with whom I work enjoy what they do. Sure, we'd all prefer to be on the beach but sand between your toes gets annoying too. Most people when asked aren't going to jump for joy at the prospect of explaining "what they do (for a living)." Still, we all get up, get out and make it work.
I'd say disengagement doesn't necessarily spell complete disdain. I am of the opinion that human beings are reasonable enough to accept their working contract and make the most of it.
Call it engagement or happiness or purpose: there are a few very simple steps in the ladder to finding a way to love Mondays.......
Believe in the buzz
I remember my first international sales meeting at my first real job. I was mesmerized! I held those up on stage presenting in the same light I did Iggy Pop or Jerry Garcia. They were rock stars with a mission they believed in and a whole lot of verbal confetti to go along with it. I recall being at the bar talking to a few of the more seasoned sales folk who politely kept from rolling their eyes as I re-read my notes.
With experience tends to come apathy. But the more you allow yourself to believe the corporate-speak, the closer you'll get to achieving your goals. At the very least, let the kids believe in it!
Love your boss
I've had three bosses for whom I knew I couldn't work. They replaced people who hired me with all the grace of an alcoholic step-dad. Not only did these individuals not support my career path, they genuinely disliked me. People don't leave companies they leave managers who have replaced the managers who used to like them.
If you and your boss have a common mission, success is certain. If your boss hates you, QUIT!
There is nothing worse than going into a job you hate. If your boss was brought on to deter your success, enjoying your job will be difficult!
Don't be annoying
The aforementioned boss hatred was likely deserved. I used to be the guy in the room who opposed every point for the sake of doing so (turning a 30-minute meeting into a 2-hour meeting).
We all want to make an immediate impact on any organization we join. Here's how to do that:
- Hit your revenue goal
- Follow leadership direction
- Be a good teammate
- Shut your butt with a coconut
In contrast, here are the ways to drive yourself directly to the doghouse:
- "Replay all" to emails with "ideas"
- Consistently share information that doesn't apply to the tactical line to production
- Ask a ton of questions or comment at length in team meetings
- Make your manager's job harder
Focus on you
If you are failing at your job it is the direct responsibility of one individual:
Keep your head down and do work that benefits goal attainment. Don't gossip. Don't listen to workforce veterans about "the way things are done around here." Don't feel that you have to share to contribute. Do not compare yourself to others. If you are going to question the current state of things, you better have data and action planning to support your suggested re-direction. Separate yourself from negative people. Don't pretend to be smarter than you are. If you are wrong, own it. Get better every day.
Originally posted on Dave's Weekly Thought blog.