Thursday, 14 July 2022

The power of loving your job

As we spend the majority of our week at work, it’s hugely important that we love what we do as well as the environment we work in. It goes without saying that we’ll have the occasional bad day at work but when the occasional bad days become more frequent, it can have negative implications. The awful Sunday anxiety, lack of motivation and stressful workloads will eventually take an emotional toll on your wellbeing. When employees are unhappy at work it can also have a knock-on effect on colleagues and management, creating a toxic environment and relationships.

Why it’s important to love your job

Not only will a happy work life reduce stress and anxiety in the workplace, but it will also mean a happier personal life. When you love your job, you’ll approach work with a positive mindset that will help you achieve your goals and become more successful. You’ll also be better equipped to overcome any challenges along the way. Hungarian psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, believes that when you enjoy your job, you’ll have better focus and more creative ideas. Your passion and focus provide you with the fuel needed to succeed. When you do find a job that you love, you will benefit in many ways:

  • Increased productivity and motivation
  • Better mental and physical wellbeing
  • Improved quality of work
  • Stronger working and personal relationships
  • Happier home life
  • Increased self-confidence
  • More energy 

And, of course, the company you work for will also reap benefits such as:

  • Higher retention rates
  • Increased productivity
  • Happier work environment
  • Better communication between colleagues and managers

How to fall in love with your job again

If you’ve been working within the same company for a long time, it’s likely you’ve lost your passion for what you once loved doing. But there are steps you can take to fall in love with your job all over again.

  • Break up more monotonous tasks with the ones that you enjoy doing.
  • Take regular breaks and drink plenty of water to help you feel motivated and energised.
  • Reward yourself when you’ve accomplished something you’re proud of or do something to celebrate.
  • Take up relaxation exercises such as meditation, yoga or mindfulness that can reduce stress and help you to stay calm.
  • Speak to your manager if you need support and ask if you can do any other tasks that you prefer.
  • Set goals that will inspire you and make a list of things that you’d like to improve.
  • Create a positive workspace whether that’s bringing in a plant, putting your favourite photos on your desk or listening to uplifting music.
  • Remind yourself of what you used to love about your job and make a list of all the benefits. When you start to focus on the more positive aspects, perhaps you’ll realise how much you do enjoy it after all.

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