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Should you enjoy your job?

Is it realistic to want to enjoy your job? How much unhappiness should you tolerate in your career?

Should you enjoy your job?

Does your job have to be a drag? It’s easy for your job to turn into a means to an end, nothing more than a way to earn your next payslip and pay the bills. But if you’re not careful, this attitude could creep up on you and end up running you into the ground.

When you think we spend one third of our lives at work, it really stresses the need to enjoy your job. Without job enjoyment, you’ll start finding it hard to even wake up for work in the mornings, you’ll make more mistakes, and you’ll struggle to land those promotions or gain fulfilment in your life. 

To really succeed in your career, you need to enjoy your job. 

  • Get involved during meetings
  • Set an aim
  • Take on more responsibilities
  • Become part of the team
  • Take your full breaks
  • Make checklists

Ways to enjoy your job more

Get involved during meetings

Try to engage more in the overall business, including during meetings. This allows you to contribute your own ideas and feel more part of the company.

Set an aim

Having professional aims is a great way to bring more enjoyment to your role. Instead of just ploughing through each day, move through it with purpose. You can set new aims each month, quarter, and year to keep things interesting! Here are some ideas of professional aims you can make for yourself, or with your manager:

  • Complete a qualification
  • Gain a promotion
  • Complete a project
  • Hit a target
  • Learn a new skill

Take on more responsibilities

Perhaps your role is starting to feel a little tired and repetitive. Speak with your manager about the possibility of taking on some new responsibilities. This is a great way to build your CV and, more importantly, bring a bit more variety and enjoyment to your working day.

Become part of the team

Feeling part of the team can really transform your working day. Being able to call on your teammates for help, collaborate with them, or even have a bit of a laugh with them can make your job more enjoyable. So take the time to get to know your teammates, offer help, and get involved with company socials to build those relationships.

Take your full breaks

Be mindful of not burning yourself out. When you work through your breaks, you only end up reducing your productivity and running yourself into the ground. Instead, get away from your desk, get out of the office, take in some fresh air or listen to a podcast. You’ll return to your desk with way more energy when you take your full breaks.

Make checklists

Checklists are a great way to get some endorphin hits throughout the working day. Start your day by making a list of everything you want to accomplish that morning. At noon, review your checklist and get ticking the items off. Repeat the same for the afternoon. This is a great way to give you a feeling of accomplishment on a daily basis.

No job enjoyment?

Feel like you’re in the wrong job altogether? That’s okay! It’s a good realisation to have. Sometimes you need to stick a job out for a short while until you can find a job that’s more aligned (check out our blog on how to be happy in a job you hate). But the important thing is to work out what career is right for you before starting a new career. Once you’ve decided on this, don’t settle for anything less.

Don’t forget, SonicJobs has the UK’s largest database of jobs and you can apply with just one tap of a button – it’s really that simple!



2 years ago


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