I Enjoy My Position, But I Don’t Enjoy My Job

I enjoy my position, but I don’t enjoy my job.

That statement seems rather odd to state, but many workers throughout America, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world feel.  They feel as though their jobs are getting in the way of the core position in the organization or company they work in.  They feel as though they were hired for a certain, specific position, but their job is far from what their core job duties entails.

Position is the Key

If you state that you enjoy your job, but not your position.  This statement would definitely confuse others.  Think about it, someone can say that I love being the president (position), but I don’t like how hard the work is (job).

What is an Employee to do

If this article is hitting dead target with you, then you may be happy with your position, but not happy with what the job duties entails OR what side, distracting duties that are piled onto your daily work activities that have nothing to do with your core duties that were initially presented to your in your employment orientation.

1. Write your job duties down

You as the employee need to read on what your position’s job duties are and write on a piece of paper all other duties that you are doing for the company or organization that you are working for.  If sending out faxes for your department was not on your job duties, then write it down.

2. Wait 24 hours

After you are with your list of extra job duties, do not go through the list, don’t even look at it, once you are done fold the paper up and place it in your purse or pocket.  Come back to the paper the next day and read through the list and if at the end of the list, you can feel that you are building your anxiety, then the extra job duties are overwhelming, causing anxiety and lowering your motivation and morale.

3. What to do if it is just too much

Employees are expected to do more than their core job duties, can’t get around that.  You do not want to be the one to tell the boss, no, when she/he asked you send out a fax for them when they are very busy (assuming that faxes are solely the secretary duties).  Where do we find the balance?  That is the ultimate question, throughout business and life.  You, yourself need go through that list and figure out which duties make you feel overwhelmed and let your boss aware about them.  Maybe they can have the duties shared among the group and not solely on your shoulders.

The ones that keep their heads up high will never see what is beneath them.

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Embrace the Laziness Around You

Laziness, it seems that it is all around us.  Slow moving shoppers in front of you in the mall, acting as though there is no purpose in their lives and don’t care who is waiting behind them.  People that do not at least start to write a check out to a place of business and instead start writing a check from scratch after they hear the amount (who uses checks anymore anyways).  Also, who can forget all of the lazy people that don’t place shopping carts back into their respective areas and just kick the back of them so that they can lift from the front and place them over a curb.

Then there are those that are completely lazy at work.  The ones that never finish tasks, find excuses, take 40 minute breaks, etc..  What do the hardworking employees do that are surrounded by these lazy associates, they talk ill about the lazy employees, ask why doesn’t management do something about this and so on?

Take Advantage of the Moment

The question they should state to themselves is, What can I do to take advantage of this?

The corporate ladder is a difficult one to climb, but there will be less steps to climb on that ladder if your competition (co-workers) are lazy.  You will appear as though you are a star employee, even if you only do just a bit better than the regular standard duties of your job daily tasks, not above and beyond, just a bit better than the boss or manager is requiring of you.

Look Good

So instead of your co-workers making you feel less motivated or have a lower level of morale, use their laziness against them to make you look good.  If you notice that your boss told an associate that they were supposed to do something and they have not done it for quite sometime and were told once more by the boss to complete the task given to them, then step in and do it yourself.  Do it when the boss isn’t around, because he or she may think you are just trying to impress them.  When your boss comes to you they may think that, Oh great, this employee that did the other lazy co-workers job is going to tell me to fire the other employee, their lazy, yada, yada, yada.  You approach your boss and state that you noticed that this job wasn’t done and that you did it yourself, then state something similar to this, It looks good, don’t you think boss?  Hey how’s your day going boss? (really throwing a curve ball at the boss and simultaneously sparking a conversation).  He or she is already in a great mood because the job was done AND you didn’t make remarks or complain, but wanted to just talk about the boss’s life, their day etc..  Your boss will remember that AND she or he will remember YOU.

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Respect Your Reputation

Respect your reputation, one of my favorite and most used sayings.

If only the entire world, individuals, companies, governments and so on would respect their own reputation, this world would be a better place.

Think about it

Think about it, how many people that you know respect their reputation?  Respecting your own reputation refers to how someone feels about how they are viewed by others.  For example, if someone at your work is lazy, doesn’t care that they are lazy and also doesn’t care that others notice they are lazy, this is obviously someone that doesn’t respect their own reputation.

Eye for Laziness

It is extremely easy for people to pinpoint other individuals that do not respect their own reputation.  Groups will gossip about low performing individuals and give those lazy individuals less respect.  With that being said those lazy individuals still go about being lazy and don’t care what others say about them, further expanding the evidence that they do not care about their own reputation and how others perceive them.

Laziness is becoming More Common

I personally have notice that more and more people are simply not caring about what others think of them.  They go about their lives, work as little as possible, below standard and do not care at all what others think of them.  How can you motivate others that have work ethics such as this?  Even more importantly, how do you keep the morale high of others that notice these employees that do nothing, take long, numerous breaks and have nothing done to them in the form of HR actions?  You would think that the remaining hard workers will become fed up and have lower morale and may seek other employment, you my loyal readers are correct.


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Using Laughter to Promote Morale

A great characteristic with a leader or anyone else for that matter is the ability to make others laugh.  Changing the attitude of others is an extremely difficult task but if you can make others laugh that difficult task became an easy endeavor.  Making others laugh will allow you to promote better attitudes, higher morale, may increase sales, create effective and efficient employees and so on.

Being quick witted is a great way for someone else to respond favorably with.

Utilizing laughter is a great and free way to promote morale within your department or organization.  Develop a game plan on how you are going to go about become more funny or quick witted.  Ways that you can hone in your funny bone skills are by the following: Watching comedy shows, Befriend someone that is funny and learn from them, and just simply try.

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