There are millions of people who are stuck with a job that they hate. There are millions of people that don’t really hate their job, but they’re doing it because they have to.
However, we reap what we sow. We’re the only ones responsible for how we’re experiencing our lives, so blaming it on the environment, bad luck or anything else is practically useless.
In order to reach fulfillment, you need to be proud and happy with what you do. Unfortunately, rare are the cases in which people 100% happy with their jobs. There’s always a place for improvement, but there’s one problem: comfort zone and fear.
Michael Weber, the HR manager at Aussiewritings, made something clear:
“People are afraid to believe that there could be something that they would totally enjoy doing each and every day. No matter what circumstances you’re in right now, pay attention: you can always change your occupation. It’s just a matter of whether you really want it or not.”
Let’s take a look at few of the things you must pay attention to when you decide your next job or career. The higher standards you have, the better you’ll end up. Don’t be afraid to think big!
1. Working Atmosphere
Time all we have. Money on the other hand? We can always get some more. That’s because any job position –whether you love it or not- still requires some solid hours spent on a daily basis. Since you often have to do your working hours in a workspace, make certain that you’ll love the atmosphere.
The workplace environment is extremely decisive for your long-term fulfillment at the company. Talk to ex-employees. Ask them about the biggest PROs and CONs of the job you’re considering to land.
2. Adaptable Schedule
If you’re the type of person who works performs better on their own, without having to deal with an annoying boss and a strict schedule, you should look for an adaptable schedule.
Each job has a different schedule, different requirements, and different rules. So before making any decision, figure out how adaptable your work schedule is. Can you work outside? Can you work from home? Can you travel? Decide your expectations and don’t settle for less.
3. Personal Improvement Opportunities
If your job doesn’t offer you the possibility to improve yourself, you’re in the wrong place. Whatever you do throughout your life, never stop learning and growing. Each of our jobs is supposed to teach us important lessons and to improve our skills in different domains of activity.
If a job doesn’t give you enough ropes that lead to personal growth, you’re going to be stuck. You’ll be trading your time for money, yet you never have the chance to make more money out of the same time. Why? Because you’re not improving!
4. Your Company’s and Manager’s Outlook
Joining a new company with a new boss is always a challenge. However, before you even consider signing the contract, you must decide if you’re “on the same page” with your company’s culture and your manager’s outlook.
Normally, if you were to give your best to provide results, you’d have to care about what you’re doing. Therefore, pay attention to this fact before even looking at the salary. Moreover, try to observe your future manager’s outlook.
He is truly an important part of the entire equation because he’s the person who manages your entire activity. Most of the workplace conflicts happen because of rotten relationships between employees and bosses or managers. Having a “bad boss” is the first aspect that would make for a toxic job that’s never worth pursuing.
We work almost half of our lives, yet we rarely think of this fact. Why? Because it’s terrifying to think that we’re supposed to work so much. But, if your work gives you fulfillment, joy, and satisfaction, it will no longer be called work, but rather play.