When we sit around the proverbial cooler and start shooting the shit with our peers, most of the talk revolves around how painful our lives are. The truth is, things can always be worse, but bitching is much more entertaining so that’s what we do. That being said, we here at NSB know that whining all the time can have a negative impact on your emotional well-being and that of those you care about, or at the very least, be really damn annoying. So, today we’re going to help you look on the bright side of things by examining some tell-tale signs your job totally kicks ass!
Your job presents challenges
Not having enough work is boring, but the bigger worry is that you’re bored because your job doesn’t allow you to flex your thinking muscle. This is why it’s good to have a job that presents you challenges from time to time. Some larger problems that require critical thinking and you know, time away from Facebook to solve. While it obviously entails working hard, it’ll also give you the feeling of professional growth and accomplishment as you tackle tough problems and gain career experience.
There are paths for growth
The potential for upward mobility is a critical element of any good career path. Let’s say you were working at some shit job making minimum wage. If I were to tell you that you would need to work every day for the rest of your life knowing that you would not be able to make more money than you do now, you would probably tell me I’m crazy and quit. While it’s important to understand that putting in the time is important, you also need to make sure that when you do, you know that the effort will be rewarded down the line.
Your boss trusts you
One of the hardest and most undervalued values in the workplace is trust. If you’ve already built a good rapport with your boss, then you’re halfway to your next promotion. Remember, it’s not about what you do it’s about who you know, sad but true. In any case, if you have a good working relationship with your higher ups, there really is nothing more you can ask for. It helps if you actually kick ass at work too, but that being said, you’re set to climb right up that corporate ladder!
You can take time off
Studies have shown that the benefits to health, mood and productivity can be seen when people take vacations. While in the US we might not fully get this, being able to take a vacation is a great sign you’re in a good work place. When I first started living the life of a consultant, I was never able to take days off. I did technically have “vacation days;” however, in practice, I was not able to use those days because my boss would not approve them. This was mainly due to two factors A) we were always short-staffed, and B) I played a wide variety of roles that were intrinsic to the completion of every project which meant that if I wasn’t there, there was no one that could pick up the slack. Looking back now, I know I learned a lot during this time, but I also know that a week or two away from the office would have done wonders for me.
You have pride in what you do
Do you enjoy what you do? Do you find yourself taking pride in a job well done? Are you being proactive about the opportunity you have and capitalizing on it? If you answered yes to these questions, it is the first sign that you are proud of what you do. This is a very important aspect of staying motivated and preventing complacency as you keep doing what you do. Yes, it is easy to stay motivated for days, months, or even a year or two, but what happens after that? It’s always good to take a step back, look at how far you’ve come, and be happy with your accomplishments to keep everything in perspective.