People often end up spending most of their years and most of their productive hours at work. Imagine you start working in your early twenties, retire at 60, and die at 70, you would have worked for about 40 years of your 70 years on earth. And if you work 9 hours a day, 6 days a week, you’re literally spending nearly your entire life at work. Given this fact, it is not surprising that we are constantly searching for a job we will enjoy doing.
Most of us are not too keen on changing jobs every few years because we prefer stability and would rather stay put if a position meets all our needs, however, the problem is not always the job in question. Humans are almost entirely unique in our unpredictability, so much that even you cannot say how much you will change in the next couple of years. You might start a job you are head over heels in love with today and are certain you will like to stick with till the end of days, but fast forward three years later and you are dying to leave.
What is the solution?
To find the solution, we must first determine what the problem really is and leadership expert Simon Sinek, has it all figured out. According to the bestselling author, the problem is the people we end up working with and the kind of relationship we have with them. If we have co-workers who we don’t like or even despise, the bland our sour enough will sooner or later, see us searching elsewhere for a job we ‘love’.
That is why you might find yourself in a career you are perfectly fine with, and without even knowing it, start to detest the job because of the people around you. Another serious implication of sticking it out in a job where you have a toxic relationship with your co-workers is your colleagues may not like you enough to allow you advance.
Sinek explains that when we are considering a new job, the people we are going to be working with are just as important as the other major factors we think about before taking a job. We tend to get excited about a job if the money is good and the benefits are great, but that only works in our favour for the short term if we are not happy with the job. On the other hand, if it is a job we love, we are more likely to advance in the organisation and end up making the shortfall eventually, even going beyond it.
Remember what we said about spending most of our days at work? If you spend your time at work in an environment where you are so cool with your colleagues you would be willing to get drinks with them after work, chances are you’ll be happy to go to work the next day.