by Menka Dimitrovska, Lifestyle Columnist
Published in Lifestyle on 17th July, 2018
I'm sure that there isn't a soul on this planet that hasn't had at least one less-than-satisfactory job, or a job that made it tough for them to get out of bed in the morning and go to work.
Most of us have found ourselves in a similar position, but what makes some of us different is the ability to learn how to handle a job we hate, and be able to turn it into a more tolerable or even pleasurable work.
That takes a lot of skills that most of us unfortunately don't have. That's why in today's article I'll try to focus on all the ways you can make yourself feel better and more satisfied about your job and make your work days a bit more pleasant.
Here are a few simple ways that will help you achieve just that.
The most important thing when it comes to any job is to set reasonable goals that you can achieve. That way you won't let yourself down when you realize that everything you planned to achieve in a day actually took you a few days to finish, which made you feel useless and less productive.
Setting goals that are within your control will also discourage you from taking shortcuts and from doing everything that's required from you.
You shouldn't try to impress your boss by taking on challenges that you're not ready for, or making promises you can't keep. Instead you should just give your best and work hard to accomplish your tasks, and only once you feel ready you can start taking bigger projects or even start taking a few risks.
We spend eight hours a day surrounded by our coworkers. These are often people we see more than our friends and family, which is why it's important to have good relationships with them and be kind and appreciative of them.
Trust me, even small gestures go a long way. You don't have to go above and beyond to make them feel appreciated and respected, you just need to be kind and understanding, and maybe buy some snacks for them once in a while. That's it. You don't have to do anything special. Just show your coworkers that you respect them and their work, and you'll (hopefully) receive their respect as well.
There is always room for improvement and the best way to do that is by trying to learn as much as you can while on the job.
Learning new things can inspire you to do more, and contribute in new ways that you weren't able to before. This can often make you a good candidate for a promotion, and will show your supervisors that you have ambition and are a quick learner.
I know that all of us need to vent about work or our boss every now and then, and although all of that is natural and totally understandable, you cannot allow it to become all that you talk about, and become that person who always complains about work.
When you go on your break, or see your coworkers outside of work, for coffee or a drink, try to avoid talking about work as much as you can.
Complaining to coworkers or friends doesn't fix the problem you're having, or make it easier somehow. The only person who can make improvements and make your work more enjoyable is you, so instead of complaining about the recent situation that happened at work, you should maybe consider all the ways that you can fix whatever happened, or have a talk with your supervisor about it.
That way you'll know that you took all the necessary steps, so if the problem keeps occurring again, then feel free to complain about it with your colleagues, or maybe start looking for another place to work.
It's important that you see your coworkers as more than just that, and try to build real relationships with them. The way you can do that is by having some non-work related activities with them, like going out for drinks, for coffee or maybe even playing some games or joking around while you're not busy at work.
You can all start a group conversation on Messenger or any other social media platform and exchange jokes, make plans and have a good time with each other.
Before you can say that this goes against my previous advice to set yourself reasonable goals, let me explain why it's important to do both.
In order to succeed at your job you need to have a nice balance between taking risks and playing it safe.
The most important thing to know is when you need to do something you're afraid of doing, something that is a bit more difficult and challenging, and when you need to say to yourself that you need more practice before you embark on such a challenge. It's a thin and scary line at times, but you cannot let yourself get stuck in a comfortable position and not take any risks just because you feel safe and secure.
If you have an organizational problem at work - i.e., you're doing extra work because your office is short on employees - you have a better chance of having the problem fixed by showing your supervisor solutions that will work for both you and the company.
For example, if you find yourself in such a situation, you can ask your boss to hire an intern or a temp who will help ease your work load until they find a suitable person to work full time.
Rather than complaining, always try to come up with a solution that would work for both sides and present it to your boss in a way that he/she could never say no to.
We all find ourselves thinking about the negative aspects of our job, but rarely do we take the time to say what we like about it.
There must be a positive aspect to your job that you might be missing, simply because your mind is clouded and you do not see things clearly.
One thing that could really help put things into perspective is for you to try and see your job from someone else's view point. Talk to a friend or a family member who isn't familiar with your work and ask them to tell you what they consider as a positive side to your job. This will help you get a better and more neutral perspective that will make you see all the positive aspects to your job that you somehow overlooked.
No employee is in the same situation as you. Each situation is different and therefore shouldn't be compared to your own.
There probably are a lot of employees at your company that are absolutely satisfied with their jobs and are on quite a smooth and satisfying professional journey. If you were to start comparing yourself to everybody, you'll always find things or aspects of their job position that you'll feel envious or sad about. That's why it's never a good idea to compare your situation to theirs.
You are your own person and you do your job in a way that's unique to you. Any and all comparisons between you and your colleagues will give you a headache and won't solve any of your problems.
If you feel threatened, cornered or harassed in any way and you start noticing a pattern of behavior in your boss both with you and your coworkers, then chances are the problem is not with you and your unwillingness to give it your best, but it might just be with your boss.
If you find yourself in such a situation, you'll need to learn how to handle the situation properly and professionally. You'll need to understand what your boss responds to the best and have an honest and positive discussion with him/her. You need to discuss your concerns and see how he/she reacts or is willing to do to fix the problem.
You need to voice your concerns and wait for your boss's feedback, since that's the person you report to and you'll need to work within his or her expectations. After you see where your boss stands and what he or she is willing to do to improve the situation, then you can decide what your next step will be. When you are pleased with your boss and your boss is pleased with you, everything else becomes much easier.
And if you still don't feel satisfied with your job even after trying all these techniques, and you want to quit, then by all means, do what you feel is right and find yourself a job you feel good about doing.