Falling in love with your job
Love can be found in lots of aspects of your life, whether that be for a place, a person or yourself, the opportunity is endless. So how exactly do you find love in your job and why should you want to?
Share but don’t overshare
You want to build a good relationship with your colleagues and a good place to start is by sharing but try not to overshare, it’s a good idea to find a balance in the workplace. Make sure to listen to what your colleagues have to say and be genuinely interested in what they’re saying. A great way to show obvious interest is by asking questions. The more interested you are in your colleagues, the more they will share with you and will help to build that good relationship you’re looking for. When it comes to sharing yourself, talk about things like your interests, your interests are a good reflection of who you are as a person. By doing this it will help create a positive pathway towards more openness in general and allow you to be your authentic self. So, when you enter the work place, you don’t have to shy away from who you are.
Accept others and yourself
It’s very important to be accepting of your colleagues and yourself. No one you come across in your career will be perfect and you will have days where not everything you do will be ‘perfect’. Accepting that will help to build your confidence and connections with colleagues and you will find that you are accepted by others as well.
Ask for that feedback!
As daunting as asking for feedback can be sometimes, it will only help you in the long run with building your confidence and connections in your work. The connection you get when asking for feedback helps to reduce our blind spots. Blind spots are the characteristics about us that your colleagues may see that we are oblivious to. You might have some especially good aspects that your colleagues believe to be your strengths but also some aspects that they may consider as what makes your performance weaker. Look at feedback as constructive criticism because the more we open our arms to it, the more we learn about ourselves and manage our behaviours.
If you can be your true self at work, you will have the mindset of the workplace being a part of your comfort zone. Once you find this comfort, you’ll find you are surrounded by lots of different people who will help you to shape your job into something that you love.