How great—a blog to help people find joy and reward in their jobs as they perform them better and rise through the company ranks. So many people struggle to find their balance in today’s competitive workplace and they fear that they will be replaced if they don’t keep up. New faces are appearing all the time. Think of the annual spate of new grads sending out those fancy digital resumes. The best the old employees can do is keep their noses to the grindstone and make sure management sees the continual effort. Slacking on the job impresses no one. Pushing yourself too hard means burnout.
It is important to keep an even pace, learn new skills, and apply them at will. Sometimes succeeding on the job means being creative and innovative and bring new products and services to market that find their niche. It also means being practical, quick on your feet, and fast at finding solutions to old problems. Every job must be evaluated to determine its motivation and performance standards. A lot of self-awareness comes into the picture. You can criticize yourself too much and be your own worst enemy or you can be your own best pal. Look, learn and listen. How do you see others moving ahead? Being observant is often the key to flawless progress and ultimate promotions.
I was counseling a night shift employee some time ago who felt that his work was out of the mainstream and that he had no role models to make innovations on the job. Being steady and reliable came to me as the core of his career. Night work can be boring but you can make it fun. You can create your own interests to break up the time. This employee took what I said at heart. He created a web site that helped people pick the right large LED flashlight here: http://www.flashlightpro.net/best-tactical-led-flashlights/. He felt proud of his achievement and it was something he could share with others in similar situations. No more idle time on work-wasting websites. He wanted to develop more apps that could be seen less than amusement and more productive. One would clock his rounds to see what was the average time.
He could take photos of strategic places and compare them to see if something was up. He felt that he had more than one pair of eyes due to the app. He never felt guilty when he used an app that was a bit more fun. Most of the time he was the picture of concentration and focus. So, you can see that there is reward in every job, including night shift work whether it be outside or inside a plant or on the assembly line. You can make a job what you will of it if you bother to sit up and take notice. Focus your creative side on making the job interesting, fun, and productive.