I used to be an esceptic when someone told me they loved their job.
After graduating university, the total relevant work experience was limited to some summer jobs in which I learned how long the hours between lunch and 5 P.M. can be.
Most of the adults I knew seemed to be able to tolerate their jobs in the best of cases and in the worst of cases they would hate them.
All that I had to do was looking at official statistics to confirm what I already suspected, according to Gallup. Only 13% of workers feel compromised with the job they execute.
Was it really possible for me to wish that Monday morning arrived? I had my suspicions.
But then I became one of those weird animals that love their jobs, I mean it. Now when someone asks me what do I dedicate my life to, I just extend almost shameful monologues about what I do, my company, my coworkers. I talk a lot, for way longer than people are interested in listening.
This made me think.
What is different for that 13% of people compromised with their job? Why have I felt unmotivated in respect to older jobs, but can’t wait to get new challenges in my current position? The truth may be in the 7 habits presented here.
1. They always give credit where credit is due
Individuals who receive recognition in their jobs have a higher personal productivity, collaborate better with their colleagues, are less likely to quit their jobs, receive better qualifications of fidelity and satisfaction by part of the clients and had better security registries, less job accidents as well.
2. They admit to mistakes immediately
Far from being weakness, vulnerability promotes trust and empathy. From the side of direction it promotes a culture of honesty that allows for employees to participate more. This is why successful leaders see failures as opportunities to be responsible for their teams and when doing so they can establish a solid work culture.
3. They prioritize their employees growth – especially when it means tough feedback
If there’s something a member of your team can improve, you are damaging him when you don’t tell him. With your help this person can grow when it comes to competences and skillsets. Radical sincerity can do wonders to help an employee grow and thrive.
4. They make it ok to fail
The motto for this last decade has been fail stronger and quicker, which has become a fundamental principle to modern corporate administration. The freedom of taking chances is essential to establish a culture of learning that promotes creativity and innovation. It also allows teams to complete projects quicker. Knowing they don’t have to guarantee perfection.
5. They make sure to eliminate their employees obstacles.
Acknowledgement doesn’t only mean giving congratulation letters, removing obstacles also doesn’t mean giving your employees everything they want. But what it means instead is that employees must remain motivated and compromised. Employees need to know that you are on their side to help them overcome the barriers that are stopping your progress.
6. They always make time for one on ones.
You can’t identify your obstacles if your employees don’t have the opportunity of talking about that with you. At the same time, individual meetings offer for the perfect opportunities to identify the achievements of your team, make your conections between their jobs and overall company success and identify the areas to improve.
7. They never send late night emails.
There is a large amount of studies that show that health and happiness of employees is not only something that is good to have. Promoting a balanced team has great results.
If you like your boss send mails during the nights establish the expectations that the members of your team must be available to answer them, you aren’t taking care of yourself and making sure that you can use your capacities to the maximum.
Our worklife has a big impact over our health and happiness. Bosses also have responsabilities to create a working culture that allows the workers to stay compromised with works they believe mean something to them.