On average, studies show we will spend 57% of our time awake at work. Assuming you don’t strike gold with early retirement or become immortal, that’s about 46 years of our lives. With such a long road ahead it’s important to make it worthwhile. Not doing so has the chance to make it much shorter, and not in the cool “I’m a millionaire now” way.
What many people don’t realize is having a job is much like being in a relationship. A great one sees both parties happy, healthy and provided for until retirement. However, a bad one starts to take a toll on more than just what’s shared between both parties. Stress causes issues with mental health, loss of sleep degrades the immune system and weakens thought processes, it also kills motivation and smothers personal lives. These all lead to one result, you lead an unhappier, shorter life.
The good news it doesn’t have to end like this. With a job market growing in all directions, most people can expect to hold 12-15 different jobs in a lifetime (source). Additionally, those looking to escape from their current job can expect to have something new in about six weeks (source). Resource sites such as GlassDoor have also become popular for giving prospective employees a look inside daily life through the eyes of current and formers employees.
Whether you’re entering the workforce for the first time or recovering from your last employment nightmare, it’s important to take many factors into account when entering a new position.
- Is it a job you want?
- Do the pay and benefits match your expectations?
- How is the commute?
- Were you pleased with the employees and managers you have met so far?
How you answer these basic questions are the first steps to figuring out whether the job is right for you. Once you’re in the position, it’s important to ask yourself:
- Am I happy with the time I spend here?
- Do I get along with my coworkers?
- Do I enjoy my work?
While every job is different and everyone values different aspects, these are some of the basics for helping you get to the bottom of whether or not you’re happy. How you answer these questions may mean you need to make some changes. This can include focusing on parts you enjoy, changing your routines or even rearranging your desk. If that doesn’t help, it may be time to find a new job. To get started, visit www.Monikl.com.
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