Regardless of the stigma around “work isn’t supposed to be fun”, you should, however, enjoy what you do. You’re most likely not going to love every single day, and there are going to be some things you wish to change about it at times, but that’s normal. There is no such thing as the perfect job, but you do deserve some bare essentials when it comes to your work. We’ve made a list:
A Supportive Environment
This may be a given, however, it needs to be stated. You deserve to be in an office environment where you feel supported, and most importantly safe. If you are feeling like you have to be someone you’re not, or you don’t feel supported at work, it’s OK to want to change your surroundings. There is nothing more empowering than feeling encouraged and supported by your boss, manager, and co-workers, and you deserve that! Company culture is ever becoming more and more important to employees. So make sure you feel supported at work.
The Opportunity to Grow
When you learn and grow your company grows. The more they invest in you and your skills and knowledge, the more the company benefits. You deserve the training, and equipment to successfully complete your job. Professional development is how you continue to bring value to the company, so if you’re feeling like you’re being restricted or prevented from doing so, speak up. If it’s something you intentionally are not getting that is out of your control, it may be time to rethink your current situation.
Respect Of Out of Office Time
Although your work is a big part of your life, when you take time off – that time is off. Your employer and coworkers should respect when you are away, have a family emergency, or out of office. So if you take that time, and you are still feeling pressured to answer emails or be available 24/7, it’s time to create those boundaries.
Getting a reasonable amount of benefits, such as vacation time, personal and sick time is not asking for anything out of the norm. More and more employees are employing with companies that offer great benefits. Although you may not get as much time as current employees when you first start out, wanting a decent amount of vacation time, is not expecting too much.
Regardless of you getting paid to be there, there is a need for your position and it is your duty to fill it. Therefore you’re desired and your position serves a purpose. From the front desk receptionist to the customer service representative, to a manager. Each position plays a small role in making up up the company. Therefore you want to feel respected and that your contribution is acknowledged. Of course, if you are PERFORMING well. If it’s a lack of effort on your part, then you may need some self-evaluation, but if you are doing a great job at your job- you should feel appreciated in being there.
Yes, it’s a job. Yes, you are going to have blah days. But at the end of the day, you want to feel fulfilled in what you do. Job satisfaction is just as important as job performance. If you enjoy what you do, you’re happier, you work harder, your company does better and it’s a win for everyone. So don’t forget to add this one to the list of things you deserve at your job. If you don’t have fulfillment, do some digging and see how you can address that. But you deserve to feel fulfilled when a LOT of the hours in your day, is spent working.
Do you feel that you receive/have these essentials at your job?
Our very own President and CEO, Renee Walrath was interviewed by the Times Union for Women@Work to share her feedback on how to apply your skills after making a long-term career change! Check it out, here!