So many of us go to work, do what we’re paid to do, punch out, and go home. But are we happy?
If the chronology of your day is more or less what I just described, chances are you’re not — even if you pretend to be. On the other hand, if you exhibit a majority of the following traits while you’re at work, the odds are good that you not only enjoy your job — but you’ve also picked a career that’s right for you:
You Go the Extra Mile Without Being Asked
People who love their jobs don’t have to be asked to do something. Their overall sense of job satisfaction makes them more efficient; so they breeze through tasks because they don’t view them as chores. They appreciate that what they put off today will have to be done tomorrow. And they recognize that good things come to good employees who go above and beyond. Cynics call them “brown-nosers,” but eventually they end up calling them “boss.”
You Put in Extra Hours to Get Things Done on Time
People who are halfway to the parking lot as soon as that clock strikes 5 p.m. aren’t helping their coworkers who are stuck picking up the slack — and it’s not the best strategy for getting a raise or promotion either. The good news is it’s possible to put in extra time to get things done correctly and by the deadline, and still manage to enjoy a decent work/life balance.
You Encourage and Recognize the Work of Others
You know there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’ and understand that encouragement and praise helps keep everybody motivated. You let people know that you appreciate them and all of the hard work they do. When people feel like they’re being positively recognized for their efforts, it’ll show.
You Share the Credit
People who are happy at their place of employment realize that it takes a village to keep all the parts moving. They understand that even when they’re working alone on a project, there are bound to be at least a few people who helped them along the way whether it’s a secretary, assistant, coworker, or an intern — which is why they always say “thank you” when the time comes to solidify their status as a team player.
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