In this post on Life Hack Schuyler Richardson offers his insight into the world of the happy worker
There’s a common misconception that you can’t actually enjoy work. Most people operate under the assumption that a job has to be boring, stressful or frustrating. However, there’s a small group of people that actually enjoy waking up and going to work each morning. Would you include yourself to be a part of that group? If you’ve ever experienced any of the following, it’s safe to say you’ve chosen the right job.
- You find the work you do rewarding
The first tell-tale sign that you actually enjoy your job is that you find the work you do intrinsically rewarding. In other words, money isn’t your only motivating factor. You thoroughly enjoy seeing results and aren’t merely passing the time or waiting for your pay check to arrive. That’s what good jobs do – they make you feel rewarded.
- You feel motivated when you wake up in the morning
When your alarm goes off in the morning and you hit the snooze button for the final time, what thoughts run through your head? If you actually feel motivated to get to work and start knocking things out, you know you’ve chosen the right job.
- You don’t dread Sunday evenings
Everyone knows that Sunday-night feeling when you come to the awful realisation that the weekend is over and you have a full five days of work ahead of you. Or do you? If you don’t dread Sunday evenings and Monday mornings, you probably enjoy your job. Mondays and Fridays are the same in your book, because you’re doing what you love.
- You aren’t in survival mode
So many people approach work like a battle. They’re simply trying to survive until the next day. One way you know you’ve chosen the right job is that you aren’t in survival mode. Instead, you’re in attack mode. You show up to work every day ready to make things happen. That’s the sign of a satisfied employee doing what they love.
- You can’t stop telling people about your job
Do you ever catch yourself telling friends, family, and complete strangers about your job? Most of the time they could care less, but you keep on talking – jabbering away about how great your company is and why you love what you do. If this describes you, you definitely made the right decision.
- You rarely look at the clock
There are two types of workers when it comes to checking the clock. The first group constantly looks at the clock and thinks: “Has the minute hand even moved in the last couple of hours?” The second group quickly glances at the clock and thinks: “How is it already 4pm?” If you rarely look at the clock – and find yourself amazed at how quickly time has passed when you do take a glance – you can rest assured you love what you do.
- You genuinely enjoy spending time with your co-workers
Jobs are so much more enjoyable when you actually like the people you work with. If you immediately text your co-workers after getting off work, or spend time with them on the weekends, you’re blessed with a good group of people. This also means you probably enjoy going to work on a daily basis.
- You don’t understand how people could hate their jobs
According to a Deloitte Shift Index Survey, 80% of people hate their jobs. That means four out of every five people despise going to work each day (and that’s not even counting the people who are indifferent about their jobs). If you can’t possible wrap your mind around the idea that people hate their jobs, you know you’ve chosen the right one.
If you found yourself nodding along to each of these points, you know you’ve made the right career decision. Count yourself among the fortunate – and never take your job for granted. Eighty per cent of the workforce would long to be in your position!