We will spend 1/3 of our lives working. That’s a lot of time dedicated to our workplace and co-workers…need I say more? If you’re feeling stuck or currently looking for the next opportunity, read on for some things to keep in mind. If you’re happily employed, please do share what’s keeping you engaged with your current employer!
understanding values & balance
You want to make sure that your values align with those of your company. If you’re striving to maintain a work/life balance but are working at a place where this isn’t a priority, then maybe it’s time to regroup with your superior to see what can be done. Simply opening up the floor for conversation regarding the issue can do wonders. Chances are if you feel that way, others do too.
appreciation & respect
We want to feel appreciated by others, especially within the workplace. When it comes to the daily grind of project deadlines, meetings, requests, etc., it’s easy to get caught up in what we’re doing and forget about the others around us. If you don’t feel like you’re respected in the workplace, focus on why you feel that way – what’s missing?
Think about the others around you, too. Do you recognize your co-workers and commend them on their accomplishments? Do you take time to say thank you and make an effort to spend time with them outside of work? Treat others how you want to be treated, but always be authentic.
Every industry is different, but in marketing and advertising for example, it’s important to be a part of a collaborative team. Whether it’s 3 people or 20, everyone working together striving for the same goal is vital for the workplace. I’m not saying every meeting has to be a brainstorm, but when each team member’s feedback is valuable (whether you’re Creative Director or the Intern), that’s a strong dynamic in which egos are placed aside, and amazing things can come from that. Sometimes seeing it from someone else’s view can lead to a whole new realm of thinking, and that’s what collaborating is about. It takes a village, right?
outside of work
Hopefully your company has programs in place that allow you to get out of the office once in a while with your fellow co-workers. Happy hours, bowling, company outings, whatever it is, they’re all important to maintain morale. We all need to wind down and take a break from work every now and then. If your workplace doesn’t have any kind of weekly or quarterly programs in place for employee engagement, make some suggestions or spearhead the program yourself.
long-term growth and pride
The last thing anyone wants is a temporary solution. You want to find a company where you can see and understand how you can grow within the company, and also, how the company itself is growing. Understand how they go about new business and what the partners’ long-term goals are, will you have a role in this? See if you can imagine yourself being a part of their business plan – where do you fit in?
It’s important to see yourself as more than just an employee. You’re representing that company day-in and day-out: the way you uphold the name, represent the vision, the tone in which you speak about your workplace to others, etc., and if you think about it, that’s a powerful thing. You want to be able to represent your workplace proudly.
what do you think?