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Career Monday: Five Ways to Get More From Your Job

Unless you’re independently wealthy or you have the luxury of being provided for, you probably need to have a job. Finding one you like and that you can live with can be challenging! But regardless of what job you have, you can get more from your work.

You don’t always have to change jobs to be happy. Some people do switch jobs and find something more rewarding. But what if you aren’t in a position to change your job right now? You can be happier and more fulfilled right where you are.

Jobs Are Often What You Make of Them

It’s very easy to convince yourself that you don’t like your job. It’s a little harder, but much more rewarding, to convince yourself that you love your job. Try to focus on the valuable aspects of your job.

Here are some ways to emphasize the positive:

1. Count the blessings that your job gives you, like housing and food.
2. Arrive on time and work hard, so you feel positive about your approach to work.
3. Be honest about your goals, so your boss knows that you want to move up.
4. Leave work at work-avoid bringing home anything negative or problematic. Let it go.
5. Refrain from taking personal problems or agendas to work. Leave them at home for later.

Remember that the people you work with will all have their own opinions, goals, and agendas. What they do only really matters if it’s directly affecting you. For example, another’s actions affect you if they make you look bad. Beyond that kind of an issue, though, just let others do what they will. This will let you relax more at work.

It can be difficult to keep quiet when you aren’t getting the promotion or recognition that you feel you deserve. However, acting angry or defeated in response will show in your work and keep you from attaining what you want. With that in mind, focus on what you want in your job and work toward it.

Let Others Help You With Your Job Worries

Avoid being a martyr. Carrying the burden all alone can be painful. There’s nothing wrong with being honest about your job challenges with friends and families. Whining won’t help, so try to communicate as positively as you can. You can also talk about your issues at work as long as it’s clear you’re searching for a positive solution. Ask for help if you need it.

If challenges at work seem really overwhelming and it’s not just because you feel overworked or underappreciated, you can take action. Harassment and other legal issues should be reported. You aren’t required to work under those kinds of conditions. You can also consider changing jobs if possible.

When you feel” stuck” in a job you don’t really care for, you can still make the best of it with a positive attitude. A job doesn’t have to be your life’s career. You may change it later. At the moment, however, that job provides you with the ability to pay your bills and feed your family. That’s a lot to be thankful for, and it gives your job value and worth.

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