You Need to Love the Job you have and this is why

Do you Love the job you Have at JKUAT?

Are you less than positive about your current job? Do you feel bad about having to come to work every morning? Are you bored, frustrated, or just plain weary? Whatever your case may be, you really need to turn that around. Your job takes enormous amounts of your energy and time. Consequently, for happiness in life and positive mental health, you need to love the job you have. Here’s why.

You Deserve Work That You Love:

Every employee deserves to love, if not their current job, their work. If you believe this, take a look at that current job and figure out the aspects of the job or work that you love. Then decide how you will approach your job in a way that maximizes the time and energy that you expend on those tasks or goals. You will never love every aspect of your work, but you can change your mental focus from hating your job to making it work that you love. This you can do by:

  • Talking to your boss about changing your job description to emphasize the aspects of your job that you are good at and love.
  • Talk with your coworkers to find out where their interests lie. Perhaps you can trade off a component of your job that you dislike. Maybe a coworker would enjoy something that you hate.

You’re Frustrated and Unhappy, but Having an Income Is Better than Feeling Frustrated and Broke:

Make the best of bad circumstances while you job search. In the current Kenyan economy, you want to make certain that you have a serious job offer before you professionally kiss your current employer good-bye. Focus on the fact that you are making money for doing the job. Make sure that your performance doesn’t slip to the point at which your employer decides to fire you.

It is much easier to find a new job when you are currently employed. Kenyans are finding that the longer they are unemployed, the more employers look at their credentials with suspicion. Employers like to see stability and stamina on resumes or they assume that you’ll leave their employment quickly, too. And yes, covert discrimination does exist, so particularly if you are over 40, make sure you have the next opportunity in hand.

You will also want to be prepared to answer every prospective employer’s interview question about why you want to leave your current job in a positive, uplifting, forward thinking way.

The Grass is NOT Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence

Remember that your next job will have its own set of problems so you need to learn to deal with problems because every job has them.

You Want to Minimize Work-Related Stress and Potential Illness:

People who hate what they do every day are experiencing stress and anxiety 24 hours a day. They tend to focus on all of the bad parts of their job and live to the point where they miss the good parts.

People who experience a lot of work-related stress are also prone to illness. According to a study by the British Medical Journal, chronic stress has been linked to the development of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as other conditions. This is because, according to the study, there is a link between chronic job stress and metabolic syndrome. A group of factors that, together, increase the risk of several diseases, including high blood pressure, insulin resistance, central obesity (excessive abdominal fat, which has been linked to increased cortisol in the bloodstream, as well as several other health problems).

From the findings of the study, it was evident that greater levels of job stress increased people’s chances of developing metabolic syndrome: the higher the stress level, the greater the chance of developing metabolic syndrome. Workers who have higher levels of job stress experience a greater incidence of the common cold, and call in sick more often. You face serious physical and mental health problems if you spend every day at a job that you hate.

You Want to Limit the Effects of Job Dissatisfaction on Your Loved Ones:

Do you think you are the only one affected if you hate your job? That’s not possible because you come home every day and talk about how much you hate your job to your spouse, your kids. This adds stress and anxiety to the days of your family members.

Even if you don’t talk about it, your family members love you, and they hate to see you so sad. When you hate your job, you have less energy for the other important components of your life: family, exercise, fun, friends, and hobbies.

People Change Jobs Because They Won’t Change Themselves:

Sometimes it’s not the job that needs to change. It’s you. No matter where your bad attitude or outlook came from, you need to look at all aspects of your job to figure out what you can and can’t change.

If you focus on what you can’t control, you’ll wallow in your misery, affect the morale of coworkers, and eventually, lose your job. We, humans, have such a bad habit of focusing on the worst factors. If you concentrate on the positive factors, instead, you’ll succeed. And who knows, maybe you will see things differently and come to love the job you have.

You Want to Create the Opportunity to Continue to Grow Your Skills and Experiences:

Most people want to succeed at work. But, when your focus is on how intensely you dislike your job, you are challenged to continue developing your skills. Even if you dislike what you are doing, you need to focus on the aspects of your skills and experiences that you want to keep growing – even in less than ideal circumstances. Don’t waste your opportunity to grow because you don’t like your job. Get all that you can get from it by seizing the opportunity to continue to develop your skills.

Finally, remember you dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits. To keep winning, you must keep improving.

Mercy Kanyi

Assistant Registrar (Department of HR)

One thought on “You Need to Love the Job you have and this is why

  1. Mercy,
    This article is very informative. I suggest you forward to all departments in the campus to avoid a situation that am in today. You discussed what happened to me recently by exiting from a PSC job that i have done for 30 yrs. How I wish had read the article last year around this time. The family is now stressed and am also so stressed for having meager income compared to what I was earning earlier.
    Very true that the grass can never be greener the other side.
    Allow me to commend your HR experience that I have observed in the article.

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