One of the most significant relationships we have is with our job. But according to a recent Engagement Study from Randstad US, a global provider of HR and staffing services with a large presence here in Boston, only 65 percent of workers enjoy going to work every day. Randstad provided some tips to help those that may feel discouraged fall back in love with their job.
Where is this relationship going?
It’s important in a relationship to have similar long-term goals, so make sure that you are on the same page with your company’s overall mission. According to the Randstad Engagement Study, 75 percent of workers believe their company has a great future. But, if your professional goals and your company’s mission don’t align, you may want to rethink where the relationship is going. Professional relationships, like personal ones, should share a long-term vision. Next
Build a better relationship with your boss
Building a stronger connection with your boss can change your work life, drastically. Of those polled in the Randstad survey, 82 percent said their relationship with their boss has a big impact on their workplace happiness. Strengthen your relationship with your supervisor by showing your value. Offer to help on additional projects or provide more insight during meetings. You not only will gain points in your boss’ mind, but you may develop new skills along the way. Next
Eighty-four percent of workers polled in the Randstad Engagement survey also said their relationship with their coworkers makes a strong impact on their happiness in the workplace. Give praise to your colleagues’ hard work – especially when their boss is in the room. Don’t be afraid to also bolster your friendships outside of the office. Next
Invest in yourself
Forty percent of US workers surveyed said training and development is the most important skill for growing a career. Take advantage of professional seminars, local industry organizations and networking events. Staying on top of the latest strategies and techniques in your profession can inspire you with fresh ideas and arm you with new skill sets — ultimately creating additional value in what you bring to the table. Next
Share the love
Only 57 percent of workers surveyed said that morale at their current company was high. Take charge of your own attitude and always strive to be the most positive person you know. Be sure to calmly address the situations that need to be fixed and suggest solutions, whether it be talking about a problem with your boss or addressing issues with your coworkers. Also, always keep in mind to never make a permanent decision based on temporary feelings. If all else fails, draw on the scientific research that shows people actually feel better when they smile: grin and bear it. Back to the beginning
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