How to Fall Back in Love With Your Job
Like any relationship, the one you have with your boss, your job, and your company will likely have its ups and downs. You might feel really great after getting a raise or promotion, but then come down again when your favorite co-worker leaves or you receive an undesirable project. There are some things you have no control over at work, but if you generally like your job and feel it’s worth holding on to, taking charge of your own behavior and engagement as an employee is the best way to turn things around.
Here are some ways you can take charge of your own engagement:
Recognize others. You know how when you smile at someone, they usually smile back? It’s the same idea here: whether it’s just shooting over an email to a colleague to say thanks or using your company’s formal recognition system, recognizing other employees will cause more of the same to come back to you. Receiving positive feedback is a surefire way to boost your mood and confidence.
Give 100% effort to your responsibilities. Same idea here—you get what you give. If you throw yourself into your work and do a great job, you’ll derive satisfaction, recognition from your manager and/or co-workers, and possibly even a raise or promotion. This positive reinforcement will provide you with the motivation you need to keep going, and hopefully make you feel more engaged.
Stay away from negative co-workers. Sharing your frustrations with co-workers every now and then can be therapeutic (as can be witnessed in many bars after 5pm!), but when you’re already in a bad place it’ll just make you feel more jaded and disgruntled. Try to surround yourself with mostly positive people and absorb their energy.
Get involved. Even though it might be your first instinct to withdraw from company events when you’re not really thrilled with your job, isolating yourself can create more negative feelings towards co-workers and the company in general. In fact, your own poor attitude might cause others to avoid you. Feeling like you’re part of the group will increase your own feelings of goodwill and happiness at work.
Report real concerns. If you have a real problem, such as harassment, unsafe working conditions, or unfair treatment, talk about it with someone you trust who can help. Go to your manager, to HR, or to a mentor that can give you advice on how to address the situation immediately.
Exercise, eat healthy, and get enough sleep. This can be a tall order, especially if you’re juggling a full-time job, kids, and other responsibilities, but it’s extremely important to your overall feeling of well-being. If you are well-rested and energized, you’ll feel much better about life in general. And there’s nothing like a good sweat to release stress and give you that endorphin high you need to get through a long day!