Look around you in rush hour traffic on a Monday morning and you will find that very few people look excited. Look around you on a Friday evening and the picture changes instantly.
You might not be switching jobs for a variety of reasons including financial ones. If you are in such a situation its tempting to become demotivated and let things slide.
Here is why you should still be doing your best even if you dislike your job:
1. Big brother is watching
The way you do things is noted by everybody, not just your boss. Guess what, the people seeing your mediocre performance might be potential business partners, superiors or even brothers in law. Scary thought, hey?
2. Your self-worth suffers
Did you know that doing a bad job affects your self-worth? Temporarily you might feel good wiggling yourself through a project, but looking back at a track record of short cuts is seriously bad for your self esteem.
3. You will be looking back
Reflecting on your career history you want to be in a position to brag about your work, your performance and achievements. What are you going to brag about if you perform miserably?
4. You have social responsibility
No matter if we work as nurses or recruiters, we all work for others in the end and therefore have a social responsibility to give our best. Our service or products are received by someone. Taking your job seriously and giving your best every day does not only make your boss happy but also your clients.
5. Someone has to take over your mess
If you are frustrated with your job, chances are you will leave soon. Taking short cuts, you will be leaving a mess, not only for your boss but also for the next person taking over. Is this really fair? We think not.
6. Actions become habits
One of my favourite quotes by Mahatma Gandhi, talks about actions becoming habits and habits becoming values and destiny.
Here it is:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Therefore: Keep all your actions positive.
7. Interviews and references
If you are not happy in your current job, you will sooner or later attend job interviews. This means you will present yourself and your achievements.
Confidently putting yourself in a good light, facing your new employer is much easier if you have done a good job in your previous positions.
In addition, good references come in handy when applying for a job opportunity. Note, professional recruitment agencies all do reference checks before short listing candidates.
It doesn’t matter if you have picked the wrong job when you were young, you find your job meaningless, you are not living up to your potential, you work too much or you don’t like your boss – the fact of the matter is: While you are in it, give your best.