Do you live for 5 p.m. when “work” is over and “life” resumes? Think again. Life happens at work, and more so than ever. Americans spend more time—living and breathing at work—than any other people on our planet. According to International Labor Organization research, “Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers.” Financial advisor G.E. Miller reveals: “The U.S. is the most overworked developed nation in the world.” Facing the overwork reality, can we make business, or work, worth living? Our work investment of hours upon hours ought to be valuable and rewarding. But how?
All That Work: Make it Valuable
Know that whatever you are doing as a “job” to make ends meet is a powerful chain of influence! First, it accomplishes an outcome that your employer needs. Therefore, what you do has intrinsic value. But the value doesn’t stop with the employer. The way you live and lead in your job influences co-workers, customers/clients, and other stakeholders with whom you may never share communication. This in turn affects the financial bottom line for everyone. Once you realize the impact you may have on countless people and circumstances, it becomes clear that you have the opportunity to reveal value in your job by how you approach it on a daily basis. Give it your best!
All That Work: Make it Rewarding
Is your work rewarding? Do you find satisfaction in it personally and/or professionally? If so, you are in the minority. Forbes writer Susan Adams cites Conference Board, a New York-based nonprofit research group which reports that 52.3% of the American workforce is dissatisfied. If you are among that percentage, there are actions you can take to improve your work life.
- Get organized so that you can set priorities and advance the most important projects each day. You’ll enjoy results more quickly.
- You can attend to your own development (and future job possibilities) by learning new skills on your job or furthering your education while you are employed.
- You can also cultivate positive relationships with co-workers.
When you intentionally approach work with actions that produce positive results for you and others, you move closer to experiencing value and reward in the workplace.
About the Author
Dr. Renée N. Hale is Lead Consultant at WellSpirit Consulting Group, Inc. WellSpirit Management Consulting provides custom company/organizational management solutions, individual leadership coaching and stand alone workshops. Located on the 84th floor of the Willis Tower, Chicago. Call (312) 283-8020 to schedule an appointment today. To join the Business Worth Living community, use the sign-up form on this page to receive our weekly Business Worth Living newsletter.