How to Get the Most Out of Your Job

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Think about each job as a stepping stone, your main objective is to get as much out of it as you can, every single assignment is a building block for your career path.

Company Culture
Do you feel the company has let you down and not delivered all what was discussed at the interview?  Do you dislike the work you do or are you bored of the same routine day in and day out?

Before you make any hasty decisions bear in mind that jobs are hard to find and consider what is worse, boredom or no money?

What to do 
Arrange an appropriate time for you to discuss how you feel with your boss, inquire as to any possible courses you may attend and show enthusiasm to take on extra tasks.  This will demonstrate your commitment to the company and hopefully they will respect your initiative.

Job Responsibility
Has your job changed significantly from the original job description, do you have too many duties and not enough pay, if this is the case discuss the matter at an appropriate time with your immediate supervisor or manager.

Do you feel taken for granted and unappreciated?
Ask your boss if you may form and chair an employee recognition team because this could highlight key factors and address issues which will consequently improve the company’s overall culture; it is likely that you will not be alone in feeling unacknowledged.

Do you have too much work?
Delegate wherever possible.

Do not be too hesitant in discussing your workload with your manager, as more companies cut back on staff an employee’s workload may well increase.  Therefore, identify which tasks you may delegate to others, or suggest a part-time employee or perhaps an intern.

Diarize your day (in order that you may produce evidence) and highlight time consuming areas, if for example, you have spent the whole morning replying to emails or dealing with telephone calls, without producing any work, show this to your immediate supervisor or manager.

Keep your work in perspective
Bear in mind that you can only do your best, create a to do list and keep your attitude positive as you will remain more productive, consider one task at a time and do not think too far ahead.

Take regular breaks
Even if only for five minutes – walk away from your working environment, insist on a lunch break and get some fresh air.

Live happier, enjoy your job and always consider the following:

  • Look cheerful and smile a happy disposition reflects a positive attitude and can transmit to the people around you.
  • Keep away from gossip and distance yourself from negative colleagues; pessimism produces lack of enthusiasm and discontentment.
  • If there is disagreement consider the issue from another person’s point of view.
  • Treat all people with equal respect.
  • If you consider yourself to be unfairly treated wait for the correct opportunity to discuss the matter or contact HR to arrange an appointment.  Depending on the nature of your complaint it is recommended to supply dates, times and examples of incidents but also document your grievance with facts and avoid emotion.
  • Show enthusiasm and maintain an optimistic attitude, do not complain about what may appear to be a trivial task or you may feel is beneath your skills; be proud of all your assignments.

The idea that people who are happy in life are happy in their job is called the ‘dispositional theory’ and there is significant evidence to support this idea.