While the story made me giggle I couldn’t help but think about how many people actually take jobs they absolutely hate or cannot do well! They go to work everyday ruing the day they even applied, but at the same time know they need to be able to put food on the table.
In an article in Forbes Magazine, October 2013, a poll showed 87% of overall workers are not happy in their jobs. The article explains this environment creates the stage for a less safe and less productive workplace than if those same people did like their jobs. People want the proper materials and equipment to do their work, as well as, the opportunity for upward mobility. They want to know their opinion counts and know their work is appreciated as a worker and as a person. 1
These are very valid reasons a person enjoys going to work but I contend there are certainly more reasons a person does their work well. The very idea of being productive is reason to do a job well, or to make a difference! Sometimes it’s about the pay and that is very important, but if a person obtains satisfaction for helping someone who has less than they, or aid in some other life changing way, then very often that can be enough reason to take less pay. That can make a person want to go to work!
Now I admit, I could not be a doctor or nurse, bookkeeper, rattlesnake handler, electrician or, like my friend a carpenter! We are all given gifts and abilities which balance with everyone else’s! It’s amazing to know we need each other. Just as we need all body parts to function at our best, right down to our toes and fingers. We need all the wide variety of abilities we can’t all possibly have.
I challenge you to take another look at the job you have. Is it more than just a paycheck? If not, ask yourself why and what you can do to improve your situation. Sometimes just a change in attitude will help. If that isn’t enough, re-evaluate you options. Is more education needed or a change in location? There may be no other options for you at this moment, but I encourage you to look at your world positively, and with alertness to other possibilities. This will help you find answers and a measure of joy.