In getting ready to end one year and begin another, in the past I always found myself saying “out with the old and in with the new” but for this coming year I’m going to attack that saying in more of a positive manner by simply continuing where I am leaving off – focusing on being happy, positive and not being afraid of change. For me 2018 was a year of job change and even more so personal change and it was a roller coaster but, in many ways, very rewarding. I have learned that life is too short and a lot of people under value the things we have in life.
Granted we do spend more than half our life in the workplace and with our co-workers and because of that, it really is important to enjoy what you choose to do for a living and make the best of it. If you’re not happy, you have the power and control to change it. We all have those days we would like to change but if you enjoy where you work and there are things you would like to see improved or changed, take advantage of open door policies and express concerns to those who can implement change and help you make a difference. In tactful ways, and of course remaining professional, you can communicate with those who can influence, develop and implement solutions. Even better, find things within your organization that will personally better you and make you feel accomplished…whether it be in professional ways and going back to school to better your knowledge base or something simple and recreational like joining a company sponsored club or activity – those things are out there and not only will you find enjoyment in something you like, you will see it is noticed not only by your peers but your management team.
If you’re really not happy with where you stand whether it be in employment or your personal life, change it. You are your own key to your own success and there are people and resources available to help you find what you’re looking for. Network, talk to people, research areas of interest online, find your happiness. My best piece of advice and I’ve learned from who I consider the best, focus on positivity and eliminate all forms of negativity before it happens – life really is short, don’t take it for granted and be happy. Of course, everything I’ve mentioned is directed at individuals as employees, my one thing I would put out there to any employer is to simply listen to your employees and don’t take them for granted.
Article written by Daniel Schmitt, HR Assistant