Lech from Progress Blog, as usual, made me thinking after his recent article about working in structured environment. One thread especially stuck with me – a question whether we are fans of our jobs and why so many of us aren’t.
In his article Lech presents typical cycle of our jobs – at first we’re all open and positive about our new role. Then we slowly start drowning with our commitments and unfinished tasks and finally “smile is no longer there, the attitude is no longer so open.”
I agree, I’ve been there. Probably most of you who went through a few different jobs know pretty well what Lech is talking about. The part which made me thinking wasn’t about losing positive attitude though. Actually it was all about initial attitude.
One of my friends recently summarized her new job:
“Well, that’s just a job after all. Of course it is important… from 8am to 5pm. I’m cured from being mentally at work all day long. I’ve learned to have a distance.”
If you asked me five years ago I wouldn’t understand. Hey, you spend half of your conscious life at work. You should be all hot about it! If your initial attitude is so low how do you expect to succeed? And what will be at the end? How would you feel in a couple of years?
That’s how I would react five years ago. And now? Well, now I wouldn’t be surprised. I still believe that positive attitude makes your day at work nicer but I’ve seen enough examples of exploiting people’s positive attitude, squeezing them like lemons and kicking them at the end of the day instead of saying simple “thanks.” I’m no longer surprised to see “cured” people.
And yes, people end up in jobs which they aren’t fans of. Why? Because they couldn’t find better ones. Because sometimes these are ones which are paid better. Because someone lied to them during interview. Because they’re thrown to a wrong team. Because their boss appear to suck. Because things change fast. There are more of non-fans than you’d think.
Many employers would eager to know whether their employees are fans of their jobs. But almost none of companies would do anything if they heard “no, not really” as the answer. Why this relation should be asymmetrical? Why should people care more than their employers?
But coming back to the question from the subject – I’d love to hear whether you are a fan of your job. Why? Why not?
And the other one – whether you were a fan of your job when you started it?