Make the most of your cur­rent job

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

Be­ing in a job you don’t like can some­times feel like be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship with one guy but se­cretly wish­ing you were in a re­la­tion­ship with an­other. You might even hate your cur­rent po­si­tion and have your heart set on the per­fect job, but be­ing happy at work means giv­ing your best in your cur­rent po­si­tion, and when the time is right, mov­ing on to some­thing bet­ter.

Se­ri­ously con­sider how you feel about your cur­rent job. if you’re ready to get up and leave ev­ery­thing be­hind (in­clud­ing your very own, top of the range per­son­al­ized PC) then it’s high time you im­ple­mented some changes. Con­sider what you’d like to im­prove on. is it the salary? Is it flex­i­bil­ity? Is it sta­tus?

if your cur­rent po­si­tion doesn’t of­fer any room for growth, ap­proach your boss to dis­cuss new op­por­tu­ni­ties. in­form him about projects you’re most in­ter­ested in and where your strengths re­ally lie. Talk about how you can im­prove pro­cesses or lend your skills to the team.

A pro­mo­tion won’t find you un­less you work to­wards find­ing it. In many cases, this means grow­ing your skill set. A lack of skills can hold you back. Start learn­ing the skills that will help you get to where you want to be.

When you spend all of your time and en­ergy on some­thing that may not even ex­ist, days will feel longer and you will get neg­a­tive. Use the time you have to fo­cus on what’s on the prize.

Con­sider all the best aspects of your job, and try to do more of that. Do you have amaz- ing team­mates? Maybe you can help to or­gan­ise the staff party. Do you en­joy de­sign­ing? Ask to join in on the next de­sign plan­ning meet­ing.

it’s easy to feel like you need change when you and your job are like an old mar­ried cou­ple. Add some ex­cite­ment to your day by meet­ing up with friends af­ter work, hit­ting the gym or en­joy­ing a leisurely din­ner with a loved one. Some­times all it can take to find a bal­ance be­tween your pro­fes­sional and per­sonal life is read­just­ing your sched­ule. if not, it may be time to re­con­sider your cur­rent po­si­tion.

If you re­ally can’t find time to un­wind af­ter hours, then con­sider mov­ing to a new po­si­tion, one where you have a shorter com­mute, or more flex­i­ble hours.

if your health and hap­pi­ness, and not just your fi­nan­cial gain, are the main fo­cus when look­ing for an in­cred­i­ble em­ployer, you should keep a look out for cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics be­fore ac­cept­ing what you think is the best job of­fer.

Sure, we all love a healthy bank ac­count, but what good is money if your health takes a beat­ing?

You don’t have to set­tle for any­thing less. There are plenty of em­ploy­ers who pro­vide the ben­e­fit of worry-free fi­nances. Em­ploy­ers who guar­an­tee pro­vid­ing to­tal gains, en­sure good health and wel­fare of their staff be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter em­ploy­ment do ex­ist. So, be­fore say­ing, “Thank you; i ac­cept your of­fer” make sure you’ve done your home­work and have re­searched all the ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages of the com­pany you’re about to join.

Take a look around when you’re go­ing for your in­ter­view. Are the em­ploy­ees truly happy or are they putting on the ‘happy face’ only when in pub­lic.

em­ployee hap­pi­ness can­not be an all in­cor­po­rated ad­van­tage of a com­pany, but ask your­self: “Are 90 per­cent of the em­ploy­ees happy in their work en­vi­ron­ment with the ben­e­fits they’re of­fered?”

Does the em­ployer show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to ev­ery­one? ev­ery com­pany’s goal should be to treat em­ploy­ees equally re­gard­less of their po­si­tion.

Does the ex­ec­u­tive team value their em­ploy­ees and reg­u­larly demon­strate their im­por­tance in the com­pany’s suc­cess?

Can and do the em­ploy­ees trust their ex­ec­u­tive team? Is the ex­ec­u­tive team say­ing one thing yet do­ing an­other?

Are all em­ploy­ees en­cour­aged to show own­er­ship? When own­er­ship is taken in the suc­cess of a com­pany, em­ploy­ees feel they are truly a part of the com­pany.

Does this em­ployer guide their team to show own­er­ship?

Are all em­ploy­ees work­ing in a pleas­ant en­vi­ron­ment and not sub­jected to neg­a­tiv­ity? Do they truly en­joy work­ing for the em­ployer?

When man­age­ment does not show value, demon­strate ap­pre­ci­a­tion and reg­u­larly pro­vide en­cour­age­ment to their staff, the over­all moral di­min­ishes and pro­duc­tion suf­fers. — Ca­rees24.com

So, be­fore say­ing, “Thank you; I ac­cept your of­fer” make sure you’ve done your home­work and have re­searched all the ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages of the com­pany you’re about to join. Take a look around when you’re go­ing for your in­ter­view. Are the em­ploy­ees truly happy or are they putting on the ‘happy face’ only when in pub­lic.

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