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    Apr082011

    Fall Back in Love With Your Job

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    Why is it so important to be in love with your job if it's just a job? Truth is, a job is rarely "just" a job. Full-time work takes up most of the hours in our day, most of the days in our week, most of the weeks in our year and--increasingly so--most of the years in our adult life. Not being happy with such a significant part of our life can affect our whole life. In practice, there is rarely a clear separation between work and other areas of your life. It's not so much a matter of "work-life" balance as whole life balance: taking control of every aspect of our lives--including work--in order to be content.

    A recent Mind Tools international survey of workers in 131 countries (including the UK and US) contains some interesting findings on people who are in love with their jobs. The research focuses on the association between workers' assessments of their own capability in 10 main career skill areas, such as stress management, and their happiness at work.

    It was found that 66.3% of survey participants happy in their job are also confident in their stress management skills, whilst just 42.4% of unhappy workers are similarly confident. This difference of 23.9% is compounded by the fact that there is an average confidence difference of 11.6% between the happy and unhappy across nine other career skill areas. These areas are namely communication, problem-solving, team-working, time management, leadership, team management, decision-making, project management and change management.

    Even without the evidence of these survey findings, it makes sense that people with good stress management technique and career skills are more likely to be in control of their life and in love with their career. This much is easy to understand; the difficult part is to develop these skills. Although we are taught a lot at school and at university, career skills are not top of the list. It's left to us to work these skills out for ourselves.

    If employer organisations are smart, they'll train their employees in these skills. After all, a happy workforce makes for a productive one. Not only are happy workers more productive, they're more likely to stay put. In this age of shifting labour demographics, where the baby boomer generation is fast approaching traditional retirement age, it's fast becoming increasingly important for businesses to retain employees who are still of working age. Unfortunately, most companies don't think in this way, leaving it up to each individual employee to tread his own path.

    Position Ignition helps many such individuals to nurture, consolidate and build upon career skills such as negotiation, networking, public speaking, presentations, leadership and management. However, what we--or for that matter, your employer--can't do is take control of your life for you or wave a magic wand to grant you career skills. It takes personal and professional investment in yourself.

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