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Introduction | Acting Self-Employed | Starting a New Job | Being an Excellent Employee | Living a Balanced Life | Enjoying Your Current Position


Stage Five: Enjoying Your Current Position

We are responsible for our own happiness or unhappiness. Therefore it may not be your job that is making you miserable it might be you.

Upon completion of this section:

  1. Be able to assess the factors that make you happy and unhappy.
  2. List ways of transforming attitude toward a job
  3. Recognize when to change jobs

Job Satisfaction Factors

Whether you like your job or not depends on external or internal factors. External factors relate to the job itself and internal factors to you.

Internal

External

Certain attitudes, thoughts and behaviors can lead to unhappiness, making even the best job seem wretched. Examine the different thought types below and see if any of these negative attitudes are a part of your thinking.

Thought Type: Victim Mentality
Description: Belief that life is doing something to you
Example: “My boss is always criticizing me. Why is this happening to me?”
Consequence: Stagnant career; repeat same situation over and over
Solution: Take responsibility for your role in creating each situation.

Thought Type: Low self-esteem
Description: Lack of self-confidence
Example: “I stink at this job. I’ll never get it right.”
Consequence: Don’t advance; don’t perform to best of your ability
Solution: Focus attention on helping others.

Thought Type: Fear
Description: Avoidance, procrastination
Example: “I’ve never done that before. Maybe I’ll just deal with it tomorrow.”
Consequence: Paralysis, shame, fear, forced to cram at the last minute
Solution: Explore your fears openly.

Thought Type: Inflated self-esteem
Description: Arrogance, refusal to ask for help, not listening to others
Example: “No one knows more about this than I do.”
Consequence: Alienate others; not viewed as a “team player”
Solution: See the value of others’ ideas and skills.

Thought Type: Self-centered
Description: Belief that a performance review measures you as a person, that anyone whispering must be discussing you
Example: “They didn’t implement my idea, so they must not like me.”
Consequence: Miserable, unable to grow because you see advice as an attack
Solution: Separate who you are from your work and ideas. Realize it’s not always about you.


Change Your Attitude

Even a job you might consider “lousy” provides you with good things. Below are some reasons to be grateful for your “lousy” job.


Home Life

To enjoy your job more, improve your home life.


Communication Styles

Change how you communicate to enjoy your job more. Most communication falls into three styles:

Below are examples of the three communication styles. The most effective communication style is Assertive.

Aggressive

Assertive

Passive


Improve Relations with Coworkers

One of the best ways to transform your job is to improve your relationships with coworkers.

Stop complaining. When you stop venting negativity, people likely will want to be around you more. They will also be friendlier to you.

Apologize if necessary. Whining about how pointless and degrading your job is to someone who has the same job, for example, is insulting. Take responsibility for yourself and acknowledge that your attitude—not the job—is the problem.

Socialize with your coworkers. If you don’t already, go out to lunch with them or eat with a group in the breakroom. Get together after (or before) work. Spending time together fosters positive relations.

Work hard and smart. Establish or re-establish a reputation for producing results. The bottom line is simple: people like you more and treat you better when they can count on you to contribute to the group effort.


Change Your Job

Another way to transform your job is to change your job.

To recapture interest in your job consider ways to change the following:

To Request a Change to your job requires preparation and thought.


Take Breaks

If you’re always “on-call.” No wonder you’re tired of your job. You need a break!

Make time fly by. Sometimes, despite your efforts to change your attitude about your job, it still comes down to just getting through the day or the shift.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Make It a Game
2. Help Coworkers or Customers
3. Focus on the Present
4. Learn from your Mistakes
5. See the Humor
6. Go with the Flow


Make Plans to Change Jobs

Ultimately, changing your attitude can only go so far. If your job doesn’t match your talents, goals or values, you need a new one! Leaving a job doesn’t necessarily mean leaving your employer, either.

The course “Texas Job Hunter’s Guide” is very helpful if you are going to undertake a new job search.


Completion

Congratulations you have completed the Succeed at Work online course.


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