Do You Really Love Your Job?

January 1, 2015

Here are 5 Habits of People Who Really Really Do

According to a recent study, nearly 7 out of 10 American employees say they feel disengaged from their work. Dr. Shane Lopez, one of the world’s leading experts in the science of hope, is now studying people who love their jobs in order to learn what they do differently. Here are the key things:

Think about the future.

Engaged employees tend to keep mindful of their long-term goals. Avoiding quick fixes and aligning their jobs with their larger ambitions.

Trust their gut.

People who love their jobs surround themselves with caring co-workers and trust their instincts about who those people are. This means you’re not engineering connections with people you don’t really like or can’t trust because they have a fancy title. It’s more important to surround yourself with people you actually care about and share interests with.

Play to their strengths.

Regardless of what your job description says, you can focus on incorporating your strengths at work. Know what you’re good at, and delegate the stuff you’re not to someone who is.

Job craft.

People’s careers tend to have permutations. They start out in purchasing but realize they’re really good at developing client relationships, so they move their job to that role. Engagement comes from ownership, and the more you can shape your role, the more engaged you’re likely to be.

Boss shop.

While not everyone has the ability to look for a new boss, people who love their jobs have shifted schedules, offices, and/or teams within an organization to find a boss who will get the most out of them.

It sounds kind of simple really, but it’s not. You have to make your own happiness and it might take some nudging, but it’s worth a shot to try these habits out. For a month or a quarter or whatever. See what happens. Your happiness is worth it.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

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