7 Ways to Love a Job You Hate

If you hate your job, you’re not the only one.  According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace Report published in June of 2013 only 30% of the 150,000 people surveyed were engaged and inspired at work.  With overwhelming workloads, rampant stress and burn out affecting nearly everyone — from bosses to co-workers — it’s no wonder people hate their job.heart.jpg

Enjoying what you do and who you do it with contributes to your overall happiness and well-being.  Even if you feel like you don’t have any control over your job or work situation, here are 7 things you can do to bring some happiness into your workday until you can find a job that you’ll truly love:

 

 

  1. Smile more.  Besides relieving stress smiling has many benefits, including adding years to your life and making you more attractive.
  2. Take a break from the rat race and figure out how to weave into your workday some self-love. Maybe you decide to put yourself first with a morning exercise routine, you take a different route to work to enjoy some beautiful scenery, you take five minutes to do some deep breathing when you get to work to de-stress from your commute and get centered for the day.  Just taking some time for yourself can make a difference.
  3. Find a way to use your knowledge and skills and to continue to learn and grow.  Seek out a project you know you’ll enjoy or find a problem at work and solve it. Using your strengths will help you avoid burn out.
  4. Get connected with colleagues.  Ask people you like to join you for lunch or go out for pizza once a week.  Learn to play bridge with people you work with at lunch.  This will give your brain a needed break and  having more social time with people you like will increases your overall well being.
  5. Let others know what you’ve accomplished on the job to get some acknowledgement. Being rewarded and recognized for the value you bring will make you feel good and it could set you up for a promotion or new position within the company.  Your boss and co-workers just as busy as you are and trying to keep their head above water.  They may not notice without some prompting to recognize you for your contribution.
  6. Volunteer your time to mentor someone on the job, or off.  Teaching what you know and helping someone else be successful will make you feel good and let you know you’re making a contribution.
  7. Often misery goes away when you reach out to help someone else in need like this 2013 Kindness Challenge Winner, Hannah Brencher discovered. [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6VgNzJ04z8[/youtube]

Best wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day and a job you love!  I welcome your comments!