We find ourselves in the company of others in many areas: work, relationships, hobbies, social events and politics. Most of the time we adapt to the situation and get along, except for politics. This newsletter will describe a powerful and useful way to improve how you get along with others at work.
This issue of my e-newsletter is focused on enjoyment at work. Going forward, I’ll be providing you with specific usable tools to enhance your enjoyment and engagement on the job.
In my previous newsletter I mentioned values as being an important part of work. This newsletter expands on that idea and gives you an exercise to clarify your own values as they relate to your work.
For many years, career development in the US was based on working on correcting weaknesses. This is best captured in the popular phrase: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
We have seen a big shift in recent years towards a much more productive approach to career development, which focuses on using and improving strengths. This does not occur at the expense of working on areas that need to be developed. Rather, it is a focus on using strengths to “cross-train” areas of challenge/weakness.
Expressing feelings, including negative emotions, is a big part of the human emotional experience. But, we avoid negative emotions …for four basic, and very intuitive reasons:
- They are unpleasant
- They represent getting stuck in a rut
- They are associated with a loss of personal control
- They are perceived (generally correctly!) as having social costs.
That said, we can and do want to deal with these emotions in effective ways. All emotions, positive and negative, can be seen as information for us. (Kashdan & Biswas-Diener, 2014)
Of the many management theories and practices that have been introduced in recent years, none is as widespread as the team model. This model brings significant efficiency when understood and used properly.
One of the most effective and rapid measures of job satisfaction, and its impact on your life, is whether or not you are using your strengths. You can look at this as: “The genie doesn’t like to stay in the bottle.”
Surviving in your organization
First and foremost, every organization, regardless of its mission or industry, has some sort of politics that functions as an inhibitor of certain behaviors and a reward for others. While politics can sometimes contribute to efficiency, we generally focus on the negative aspects, as these can have a great impact on our careers.
Can’t See the Forest for the Trees
In an email sent out just a year ago, I was discussing mindfulness and I was very happy to receive many emails from readers with good things to say about the practice of mindfulness.
I have continued to learn more about mindfulness and its practical application in our busy lives. This email will expand on the practice with an example that may be relevant to many readers. Let’s start with some basics:
This month I would like to discuss the important area of job satisfaction.
A 2014 study by the Blessing White consultancy reports on the elements that are important for job satisfaction.