Have you ever worked a job you hated, through conditions that were less than ideal? Or have you been a member of a team and the work environment was tense? If you haven’t, a round of applause, you are a part of the fortunate few, and If you have, it’s called adulting. Only a small percent of adults feel professionally fulfilled in their current job or have a job they enjoy performing. The other larger majority is perceived as simply going through the motions as a means to an end. The means is providing a service and the end is earning a wage however strong the desire is to be elsewhere while doing something totally different.
One of my favorite authors and poets, Maya Angelou, gave life to what I consider the most logical quote. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” I can count a couple of positions I’ve held in retail management when I’ve literally cried (yes, real tears!) because I was dreading a 12 hour grueling holiday shift. At the time, I considered myself a rational thinker and thought I can’t just quit, I have bills, I’ve amassed a certain life style. For that reason, I went to work miserable for a few years, too rational to plan an exit strategy.
In this day in age, it is important to realize that even your dream position may have elements that you don’t enjoy, nothing in life is perfect, there may be convenient and ideal scenarios, but what’s perfect is what you perceive as perfect. Many situations in life are affected including a less than stellar job, by your attitude towards it. You can’t go quitting every job you hate, or every time the boss or your coworker does something to offend you. You can however, change your mindset and attitude towards a process or people, which to some of you may be harder than going on an interview or finding a new job.
So What Can You Do To Positively Affect Your Work Environment?
The next time you’re feeling disgruntled at work and feel tempted to mumble and complain; ask yourself, what can I do differently to positively affect this environment or the people I work with?
If you’re feeling along the lines of a dream deferred and know you have the ability to do greater works, then prepare for your next venture. Put in the work if it involves a change of career objective. If that means idle time is spent studying for any test you may need to take, or skills or certifications that you need to acquire while you transition, so be it. Wanting something different involves doing something different, so after you’ve weighed pros and cons of your career and whether or not you have decided to transition, I would recommend changing your mindstate about where you are by having an attitude of gratitude. So many people are looking to be gainfully employed and if you are, that is a blessing in itself. The change you wish to see in the work environment can start with you and that positive attitude should be taken wherever you decide to go, it doesn’t hurt to get some practice for your journey now until you get to your desired destination.