1. Talk with your colleagues and praise them when they do their job well. Do you know how many kids they have, or how they feel about world events? Do your co-workers know how much you appreciate them? People aren’t robots and they develop more passion for their job, when they feel part of the work milieu. If you go to work engaging with them as little as possible, it won’t be long before you will feel alone and develop an attitude of being socially isolated and underappreciated.
2. Plan your day. If you let the day spontaneously unfold at work, you will lose the day to other situations that won’t improve your work satisfaction. There are “time terrorists” and many people who like venting to co-workers about their unmet needs they didn’t get at home. When you have a plan, your job becomes part of a mission. You are working for a greater cause than yourself. At the end of your day take a look at your list. Schedule the big things to be completed first thing in the morning, letting the smaller things go until later.
3. Routines get boring, and although your day may feel routine at work, you can mix up the order of what must be completed to get you out of a hum drum rut.
4. Learn to take a breathing break more and complain less about other employees. In every work place there is at least one co-worker who is not happy with a calm, can-do work attitude. These people don’t come to work to accomplish tasks or help others. They come to create drama, chaos and ill-felt will. You cannot change these people, but you can change your attitude about these people.
5. Check in with your superior at regularly scheduled times so you can stay on track with what your job requires and your progress with achieving that requirement. When your employer understands you are trying to do your job conscientiously, they usually respond favorably. Being recognized for a job well done is extremely important with job satisfaction.
Counseling couples has taught me there is more to a relationship than one another. It has taught me that relationships are built upon one another’s experience at work as well. As a counselor, I understand that sometimes improving one’s job satisfaction can improve their marriage as well. The New Year is an opportunity to improve your attitude about your job, and make the necessary changes that will help you feel energized going to work, and looking forward to coming home to your family. –Mary Jo Rapini
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