One blogger in the HR space I’ve enjoyed reading for years now is Alexander Kjerulf (aka, The Chief Happiness Officer). I just received through my feed his post celebrating 10 years of blogging (a feat I hope to accomplish someday) in which he highlighted his 10 most popular posts.
Near the top of the list was his post “Top 10 Signs You’re Unhappy at Work.” While I agree with everything in his post, it got me thinking about the signs you’re happy at work. In the usual frustrations that come from working with other human beings, sometimes it’s easy to miss these signs that we really do love what do every day.
1) You have friends at work. – We simply want to work with and for people we like and respect.
2) You enjoy helping your colleagues. – You’re as invested in their success as in your own.
3) You’re shocked that it’s already 4:00 in the afternoon. – The days fly by because you’re engaged in and enjoy what you’re doing.
4) You hate it when you’re sick because people are counting on you! – You don’t want to let anyone down, though you know others are more than happy to fill in for you while you recover.
5) Weekends are just a way to recharge for Monday. – You never have a “case of the Mondays” because the work you do matters to you.
6) You look for ways to share credit with others. – You don’t feel the need to hoard credit to prove your worth. You want everyone to share in the success.
7) “Going the extra mile” is just the way you work. – You’ve never “worked-to-rule” because it’s just natural to do more and exceed everyone’s expectations.
8) Typical “annoyances” at work just don’t bother you all that much. – Let’s face it. Work and the work environment are never perfect, but the usual petty problems tend to roll of your back because you’re focused on the bigger issues.
9) You find yourself looking for solutions instead of griping about problems with your colleagues. – Instead of complaining around the water cooler (or coffee machine), you and your friends chat about ways to make things better and run more smoothly.
10) You know what you do matters and makes a difference to the bigger picture. – You’re able to focus on the big picture because you fully understand how what you do every day helps turn that picture into a masterpiece.
These are all quite personal reasons, but organization leadership can do a great deal to foster a work environment and culture of recognition in which it’s easier for employees to love their jobs.
What are some other signs that you love what you do?
About Derek Irvine
The VP of Client Strategy and Consulting at Globoforce, Derek Irvine is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their organizations. As a renowned speaker and co-author of "The Power of Thanks" and "Winning with a Culture of Recognition," he teaches companies how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. Derek holds a B.Comm and Masters of Business Studies from the Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin.