Make it work

Why you should treat your job like a re­la­tion­ship.

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HAVE “THE TALK” with your boss about where things are go­ing. Cou­ples should dis­cuss where they are and where they’re head­ing, and it’s the same at work: You should ex­press what you want. “If you’re dy­ing to be put on a spe­cific project, say so. If you want a raise, say so. Your boss isn’t a mind reader,” says Sarah Ver­munt, a Toronto-based ca­reer coach, former busi­ness pro­fes­sor and au­thor of Ca­reer­gasm: Find Your Way to Feel-Good Work. Come pre­pared. Make sure you have the re­ceipts to prove you are ready for the pro­mo­tion or change you are ask­ing for.

CON­SIDER THAT YOU COULD BE BET­TER OFF FLY­ING SOLO. Non-tra­di­tional work­ers, in­clud­ing free­lancers, make up al­most 30 per­cent of the work­force, re­ports Rand­stad Canada—and the trend is only ex­pected to grow. “For some, strik­ing out on their own can be even bet­ter than find­ing the per­fect match,” says Ver­munt. You can make more money, and hav­ing such di­verse sources of in­come can make you feel more eco­nom­i­cally se­cure.

MAKE AN EF­FORT TO KEEP IT SPICY. Bi­o­log­i­cal an­thro­pol­o­gist He­len Fisher, an ex­pert on the chem­istry of ro­man­tic love, be­lieves dopamine is one of the feel-good chem­i­cals that drive re­la­tion­ships and that nov­elty (i.e., try­ing new things to­gether) can trig­ger the re­lease of it. To keep work sim­i­larly stim­u­lat­ing, “some­times a new project, dif­fer­ent col­lab­o­ra­tors or even a lat­eral change will do the trick,” says Ver­munt.

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