On Valentine’s Day our thoughts turn to those we love – husband, wife, fiance, boyfriend, or girlfriend. Then maybe children, parents, grandchildren, grandparents, or someone who has been there for you since you were in school together. It’s a great time to take inventory of those you love, and who love you.
Since you probably spend as much time at work (if not more) than you do with those you love, what about also taking a moment to ask yourself this question: Do I love my job? Would I buy my job some flowers and take it to a nice romantic dinner, or would it just get a card?
If your relationship with your significant other, kids, of BFF isn’t great, maybe you should take the lead on improving it. The same with your job. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Recognize that how you perform your job is very different from what your job is. If you are passionate about what you do, it’s easy to want to do it well. But even if you don’t love the job, you should love how well you do it. At the end of each day, if you can say that you gave it your best effort, that is what is important, much more so than what you are paid, where the company is going, or how your boss is acting.
Suggest an improvement, no matter how small. Ask yourself how you could make a change that would make your job better, faster, or cheaper. Thinking about how to make things better will change the focus from a negative one to a positive one. Ghandi said “As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.”
If you can say that you have implemented the first two tips, then you can consider asking for additional responsibilities or even a different job. Is is possible your boss would be surprised to discover that you don’t really like what you do? We are in the business here at KLA of helping people with their careers, and sometimes that means a job change. But I urge you try these things first, and only then consider that perhaps a change is the best path forward.