By Carson Tate on February 12, 2021
Very few people stay with the same company for their entire career.
The median employee tenure is slightly over four years according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of course, you don’t always have the option to quit your job when you are ready for a change. You may need to stay at a job that you don’t love because of the benefits or flexible work schedule.
However, there is a downside if you stay in a job and you are not fully engaged. Engaged workers are 37% less likely to miss work on a regular basis, and they are 18% more productive than their disengaged co-workers, according to a Gallup survey. Engaged employees also earn 18% more on average compared to other workers. If you are unmotivated and unfulfilled at work, it can have a long-term financial impact.
Now is the time to reignite your passion at work. Here are five simple ways you can fall in love with your job again and love where you work.
1) Identify the Root Cause of Your Frustration
There are plenty of reasons you fall out of love with your work. So, the first step to overcome the “work sucks” mantra resonating in your head is to understand why you are less than enthused about your job.
Maybe your boss is a micro-manager and you’re tired of constantly learning new technology applications to support your remote work. Or your dry eyes can’t take another day of back-to-back Zoom meetings.
Whatever your situation, you won’t be able to address your problem until you know the root cause of your frustration. Create a list of the things that you don’t enjoy about your job so you can identify where to focus your time and energy to make changes. Once this list is complete, next to each aspect of your job you don’t love, identify one small change you can make that would make the item more tolerable or even pleasant.
The final step is to write a list of all the positive aspects of your job. Refer to this list when you need a boost during your workday. And, when you are ready to search for a new job, this list can help you identify exactly what you want and need to be fulfilled and engaged in future positions.
2) Build on the Positive Attributes of Your Job
There are positive attributes of your current job. How can you capitalize and build on them? For example, since you no longer spend two hours a day stuck in traffic commuting to and from the office, can you use this time for professional development? Or can you use your former commute time to focus on a hobby or cultivate a more interesting side hustle?
And don’t overlook the job perks that you may have but are not using. For example, many companies offer tools to support their team members’ mental, emotional, and physical health – online meditation classes, access to online fitness classes, or special interest groups like book clubs. These small things can help improve your job satisfaction and make it easier to love your work again.
3) Overcome Negative Self-Talk
We often unknowingly demotivate ourselves each day with negative self-talk. One way to combat this problem is to use a sports psychology technique and change your negative self-talk into a positive self-talk. Olympians and professional athletes are successful because they use positive self-talk. They focus their inner dialogue on what they can do, their prior wins, and their experience to complete a tough workout or beat a fierce competitor. It’s much easier to get and stay motivated if you approach your workday from a positive perspective.
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4) Develop an Internal Locus of Control
Many people struggle to feel successful at work due to an external locus of control.
Locus of control is a concept developed by psychologist Julian Rotter. It refers to the extent that a person believes that they can control the events that affect them. A person with an internal locus of control believes that success or failure is due to their own efforts, while a person with an external locus of control believes that success or failure is controlled by other people, environmental factors, chance, or fate.
Research shows that an internal locus of control often results in high-achieving employees that are better paid. On the other hand, an external locus of control often causes employees to feel less happy or satisfied with their job.
While your tendency to feel in control of your environment was formed during childhood, you can still develop a greater sense of control when you focus on a few things you can change. For example, you can’t cause your boss to be more supportive, but you can gain support from coworkers or mentors. Focus on what you can control so you can be more fulfilled and satisfied in your current job.
5) Create a Plan for Your Professional Future
What are your professional goals? What do you want your career to look like five years from now? What will it take for you to say “I love my job”? Create a plan for your professional future so you can find a job you enjoy instead of dreading Monday mornings.
So, where do you start? Talk to people who love their work. These conversations can help you explore alternative career paths and understand the steps they took to find their dream job. And, for a few minutes you will focus on your future instead of wallowing in what you don’t enjoy about your current job.
So, what small step will you take today to love your job again?
Carson Tate is the founder and managing partner of Working Simply, Inc., a business consulting firm that partners with organizations, business leaders and employees to enhance workplace productivity, foster employee engagement, and build personal and professional legacies.
She is the author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style, and just released, Own It. Love It. Make It Work.: How To Make Any Job Your Dream Job. Order your copy HERE! For more information, please visit www.carsontate.com.