5 Ways To Appreciate Your Current Job

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.

Yesterday, we had a meeting with our Big Boss regarding the employees’ satisfaction with our company and although the scores given were way better that last year’s, it still amazes me that there were a number of people not satisfied with what we have here. I mean, I can’t blame them if they feel that way but it got me thinking; is it the company, or is it them?

For me, no matter how good things are in other parts of your life such as family, social life, and relationships, our job is a major part and is as important. The job that you have right now might not be your dream job, but this is the job that we chose and it is just right to take care of it, appreciate it, and make the most out of it. Appreciation is probably the best way to deal with dissatisfaction and there are a number of things you can do to begin loving the job that you currently do.

Thousands applied, you were chosen.

I always take a look back at the time when I was at the receiving area waiting for my final interview. It was probably one of the most memorable moments of my career life, waiting. But sometimes, I also try to imagine the number of people who were rejected for the same position I was applying for. It must be so sad to walk away from the building with nothing and some of them might still not have jobs until today. That alone is something we should think about it.

Your lifestyle now might not be the same if not for it.

Well, I’m living quite comfortable because of my current job. I can buy a shirt or two from time to time, eat out during my weekends off, I can buy a frappuccino at Starbucks, and can travel the Philippines during holidays. Well all do right? Our jobs provided us with all of these things and I’m sure that if we quit our jobs, our lives would look very different.

The friends and relationships you gained.

Before, I have this mind set of “I’m not here to make friends. I’m here to just work.” which in the long run changed my perspective in creating relationships in the office. I found a number of good friends in my current workplace and they are very dear to me. Also, I maintained a strong professional relationship with my office mates and now, I feel confident that when I need help I can always have someone to ask. Besides, at the end of the day, we all need to work together. Just imagine how hard it is to start over and build new relationships again in a new company.

Safe work environment

I’m so thankful that my current company takes safety very seriously. It was annoying at first but when you think about it, it helps you inject that safety mindset in your own life or your own household. We should always feel lucky to have been working in a safe office building. Someone cleans our desks for us, guards our premises 24/7, and we even have our own taxi bay carefully inspected before we even hop in! You just have to realize that some people work in the most dangerous environment and you should feel so lucky.

It’s not your job, it’s you.

Finally, as what my boss said, “it all boils down to the person’s character”. Sometimes, we need to ask ourselves: “Is it the job, or is it me?” We need to figure out what we can’t change and just deal with it. On the other hand, we should start looking at the things that we can control, change it and learn from it. Looking at your current job in a different perspective really helps. It not only helps you appreciate your job, but it also develops your character and your sense of maturity.  

It is very easy to hate your job. However, as soon as you realize the things that it gives you, the people that you have around you, and the way it makes you feel how lucky you are, you start to think differently.

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Staying Positive in the Workplace

Hey guys! Still remember me? It’s been I while since I wrote something here. So to make up for the lost time, I have a long one for you. Haha!

Life in the office isn’t perfect. That’s a fact.

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I mean it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, colored and scented office paperclips and unlimited coffee. There will be times when everything will not go your way. It could be a lot of things, a very difficult task, sudden changes, or even a co-worker who’s very hard to work with. Challenges and changes in the workplace will always be there and sometimes, there’s nothing we can do about it. These things can fill the room with negative vibes.

We are human beings and its okay to be upset. It is normal. But still, negative moods can be hurtful to productivity in the workplace and can rub off on your fellow co-workers. Even so, I still believe that it’s not what happens around you, but how you react to it. In short, you are always in control of your mood and how you deal with it.

Here are some of my tips on how to stay positive in the workplace.

Focus – It’s very hard to do. I know, I know, you will always hear someone complaining, whining, or yelling. But the first thing that you can do is to start within you and not lose your focus. I always put on my earphones and listen to music while working whenever I hear people whining. I also create a “What I Have Accomplished List” and check each task one by one. One (crazy) other thing I do is I treat every call/task as an acting job so I try my best to do my best performance! Hahaha!

Try to understand other people’s feelings and SHUT UP – A good friend of mine once told me that when things get rough, silence is the best thing that you can do. We all have different problems to deal with and not everyone deals with it the same way we do. So whenever I can sense that someone is having a bad day, I always give them some space and time. If I need to talk to them, I do it in a very professional manner and I avoid (trying my hardest) commenting on what they are going through. Sometimes, they do not need our thoughts. Respect others, and others will respect you.

Reach out to Others – Isolating yourself from your co-workers is non-sense. Before, all I can think of is the people I personally know, and then I realized that at one point I will need to work with others. Work will be easier if we have a good support system since not all tasks can be done alone. Also, you can learn so many good practices from others. So make your corporate circle bigger, reach out, and engage people. Helped and you will be helped.

Take a break – Sometimes all I need is a step back away from my desk to regain my sanity and keep myself going throughout the day. So I always make use of my schedule breaks. I go to the pantry for a coffee break. Sometimes I visit friends at their workstation to chit-chat or share a good laugh. Often times I listen to mellow music just to keep my mind refreshed and calm. Forcing yourself to finish something won’t get the job done. *You can also sing even if you can’t. That can drive away negative vibes because I’m sure your office mates will laugh at you*

Start within yourself. Then spread positivity – Attitude is everything. Always ask yourself ‘Am I negative?” If you cannot find positivity around you, the best thing to do is to start within you, and then SPREAD IT! I make it a point to give out compliments (that I really mean) like “I like your dress”, or “you really helped me today, thank you”. You can also share some good laughs with your teammates by cracking jokes. Or simply smile at a stranger inside the elevator or the hallway. It’s not being plastic. Who doesn’t want a peaceful environment? And besides you’ll never know, that stranger will help you with your hardest task one day.

See, it just goes to show that we cannot find positivity somewhere, but it should start from each of us. At the end of the day, it is us who are in control of what’s happening around you. Positive thinking and a positive attitude can create positive results.

6 Things You Should Stop Doing In The Office

Tonight will be my last working day for 2012 and a great way to finish off the working year is to write a blog post about work. It was a tough 300 plus plus work days but I must say that I have learned a lot in the office.

For me, being happy in the workplace is not just about adding things like more hard work, more patience, more will power. Sometimes, its also about subtracting or minimizing. With that said, here are 6 things I learned to stop doing in the office.

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Stop Impressing. Not everyone will like you, and that’s okay. People will always say something about you and that’s normal. That’s a fact that we need to accept. Most of the time your officemates will only like your work ethics. So might as well do your job, don’t mind what you hear and just be who you are.Trying to impress your officemates will just put a pressure on you and might let you lose focus on work. Just be professional and do wrong to no one. Respect one another.

Stop Complaining. We have a lot of things to complain about in the workplace. More tasks, stricter rules, organizational movements or even our jobs itself. Sometimes, we unconsciously complain about our personal problems in the workplace too. But will it make everything better? Complaining will not solve anything. It will never make your job easier nor faster and its also a waste of your time. I’m also sure that your co-workers does not want to hear it. Just do your task, change what you can change and accept what you cannot change.

Stop Dwelling. So you messed up the task that was given to you, so what? Just define your take aways and move on. I always believed that our past mistakes teaches us something, however we should take it and let it go. When others make mistakes, have an open mind, teach them and then move on. Dwelling on your past mistakes will not take you further. And besides your past mistakes does not define who you are but rather who you become after that mistake.

Stop Overworking. Your work life ends each day at the end of your shift. We are required to do our work within the time frame given. Finishing your work on time shows how productive you are and will not drain your body. You are not a robot or a machine. Your health is more important than anything else at work. So start your shift by finishing all your task then use the remaining time to do whatever you want. Work and life balance.

Stop Blaming. People make mistakes and thats normal. Pointing fingers will not solve any problem and will just make the situation worst. Before blaming others, ask yourself if you in a way are at fault too. Do a self check and do not be one sided but rather work things together. Taking responsibility when things go wrong instead of blaming others isn’t weakness, it’s actually empowering because then you focus on doing things better next time.

Stop Hating Your Job. This is very simple. Whenever you feel like you hate your job and what you are doing, just thing of the thousands of qualified people who would kill for the position that you have right now. You have to accept the fact that no job is easy. So instead of hating, learn to love your job and keep yourself motivated. Think of your family, that shoes you wanna get, that new gadget you are aiming for, or that vacation for yourself. If it doesn’t work, then its time to reassess your career and not let your current job suffer.

For me, doing these things will bring a peaceful working environment. I know that I’ve done a lot of complaining, blaming, hating and dwelling this year but I’am a work in progress. It will take some time to change but I believe in my capabilities to do so. Whats more important is I was able to highlight my weaknesses and focused on what I can do to be better. I you you can too!

Let us celebrate the fact that we finished the year and hope for a better year to come. Cheers for the year that was!