Hi everyone! Hope your Wednesday-that-feels-like-a-Tuesday morning is going well! I’m just in love with the fact that the week is almost over and the weekend is near (again)!
Last night’s dinner was courtesy of our friend Emma, who made a fabulous pot roast with onions, carrots, and potatoes, with rolls on the side:
We had a great time discussing conflict resolution, and just talking about life in general! I love LOVE our friends! Breakfast this morning was Jenna’s Oatmeal Pancakes turned into a sandwich with peanut butter and 1/2 of a mashed banana:
The Joyful Kitchen IV: Joy in Work
If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I’m not completely in love with my day job and have constantly been thinking about what I WANT to do instead. However, I definitely don’t talk enough about how I am able to find joy in my job and, more accurately, in my workplace. You see, I don’t love the job that I have, but I really do enjoy working for the company I work for. You won’t find any specifics about that here (I have to keep some semblance of privacy you know ;)) but I do think that there are quite a few of us who share the same problem with looking for a job to love. Please keep in mind that all of these suggestions and bullet points are based off of my personal experience.
- Find a couple of things you really DO enjoy about your job. Whether it’s the company, what the brand stands for, the heritage of it all, or the really nice breakroom, there’s always ONE small thing that we can say we like about the job, the company, or the facility you work in. Finding the small things and celebrating those can help you overcome issues you might have with your job. I’m in customer service, and whereas it can be really brutal at times, I love when there is just that one person who’s thankful for my help. I also like that we have a large kitchen, I have a window office, and my dogs get to come to work with me and keep my feet warm 🙂
- Invest in the people you work with. This goes back to my first Joyful Kitchen post about relationships. I’ve worked for several large companies, and I can attest to the fact that just being nice to people can be one of the most business-savvy things you can do. Hate going to work because people are constantly treating one another like crap, talking behind one another’s back, and being snotty in email chains? Well, it’s no wonder! No one wants to work in an environment that feels like high school. Being nice to people, investing in their lives, and resolving conflict efficiently and professionally can be a huge factor in being able to tolerate your job. Spend time TALKING to your co-workers: find out what they like, what they dislike, how they came to work for the company, etc. Cultivating relationships won’t always be easy, but I can guarantee it’ll be worth it!
- SMILE. We all know that smiling is fun, lightens the mood, causes a chain reaction of other people smiling, and is an automatic mood-booster…so why don’t we do it all the time? Smile at others, smile when you’re on the phone, smile at co-workers, clients, patients, etc. Even if it doesn’t make you fall in love with your job, at least you will FEEL better!
- Be THANKFUL for the things you have. I hate that phrase “in this economy…” blah blah blah, but in this case it can give us all a swift kick in the pants. There are quite a few people who don’t have a job, and as such don’t have a lot of things that are necessary for living. If you have a job, at the very least be thankful that you’re earning a paycheck, can afford housing, food, and clothes, and are developing your resume. There are a lot of people who would love the luxury of having a job, and I have to constantly remind myself to stop being a brat and take the time to give thanks for the things I am blessed with, job included.
I know those points might not sound like a lot, but I can guarantee that they do help. As I’ve said before, I am constantly researching and thinking about other things I’d like to do, but in the meantime I’m so glad that I have the relationships with the people I work with and work for, and I’m so thankful to have a steady income. I would say, if I had to pick one thing I love about my job, it’s the people I work with on a daily basis. They’re not only my co-workers, but they are my friends, and taking the time to get to know them all has made every second of my job completely worth it!
How do you find joy in your work?