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 amaz­ing team­mates? Maybe you can help to or­gan­ise the staff party. Do you en­joy de­sign­ing? Ask to join in on the next de­sign plan- ning 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. — Ca­

IF your cur­rent po­si­tion doesn’t of­fer any room for growth, ap­proach your boss to dis­cuss new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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