Hate Your Job? Tips to Boost a Day at the Office.

We love our jobs and apparently – that’s not such a popular sentiment. According to Money Magazine about 60 percent of workers are dissatisfied with their jobs! The reasons? Low salaries, lack of growth opportunities, heavy workloads, and long hours. Unfortunately, unless you’re one of those lucky trust fund types, a job is just about as important as the shelter, food and DVF wrap dress you’re able to afford from having one. The job market isn’t exactly booming so right now isn’t the time we’re going to tell you to just get up and quit. Instead, read on for Money’s tips on boosting your day in cubicle land.

1. Do What Needs to Be Done First.

If you manage your workload you’ll feel better prepared, less stressed and on top of things. Identify the tasks that are most important to your boss and move ahead on completing at least one each day.
2. Take Responsibility For Your Own Growth.
To take charge of your advancement, identify skills you’d like to pick up, and propose projects that will help you develop those abilities, Mary Lee Gannon, president of Pittsburgh executive coaching firm StartingOverNow.com suggests in the Money article. If you’re in marketing, say, you might offer to establish your company’s presence on a new social media platform, like Pinterest. Besides keeping you engaged as you learn, “you’ll be better suited for another position when it opens up,” says Gannon.
3. Fly Above the Drama.

Keep a positive mental attitude and don’t engage in office politics. If your work doesn’t already have one — create an upbeat, happy culture. “Praise others, discourage bad-mouthing, get to know optimistic co-workers better,” the article suggests. Other ideas? Start a company suggestion box, a company bowling team, weekly company lunchtime walk or a Monday morning bagel and coffee session.

Any other ideas to boost your office day? Leave them in our comment section below!
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