Let’s face it. Whether we actually enjoy our work or not, most of us have to work for financial reasons.
A recent Gallup poll showed that 53% of Americans aren’t generally engaged or cognitively connected to their work and another 13% are “actively” disengaged and experiencing deep dissatisfaction with their employment.
While we are huge advocates at Distinctive Career Services for intentional career design to create more job satisfaction and a career that is in alignment with your passions, your purpose, and what makes you happy, let’s be real. It isn’t always practical to make a sudden and dramatic career change. Sometimes you will need to move more slowly and deliberately, to make sure you can still “bring home the bacon” while you pursue longer-term job satisfaction.
This might mean that you have to “make due” in your current employment. At least for now.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you give up on your dreams. Instead, it is a temporary solution to improve your job satisfaction in the short term while you work on getting the training you need for your dream career or pursue volunteer or part-time work to gain experience or build your savings to sustain you when you make the change.
But, while you are doing that, you don’t need to let your current job suck the life and the joy out of you.
You can get more joy and job satisfaction out of your current work and return to having a positive career, even if it is only temporary while you pursue the change you want. By making a conscious effort you can start to view your job differently.
Perhaps, when you open your mind to it, you will find that there are even untapped opportunities to reinvent your current job so it aligns better with your passions and your interests.
Here are some tips for finding more joy in your work:
It’s difficult to find scenarios that always work in your favor. A lot of times, you’re left doing the best with what you have.
But, don’t be a martyr. If your reasons for disliking your current job are about harassment or other legal issues, they should not be tolerated and should be reported. These are good reasons to pursue a job change sooner than later.
However, assuming it isn’t harassment or other legal issues, you’ll find that making the best of it isn’t such a bad concept if you make an effort to find the joy in what you do. A positive attitude will help you make the best of it.
Make today the day that you find joy in your job!