5 Tips for Finding Fulfillment in Your 9-5

Some days, every job starts to feel like work. If you’re struggling to enjoy the job you have, it’s time to explore new ways to stay engaged at work. Here are five tips for staying invested and satisfied while at your workplace:

1. Show appreciation for your coworkers. Everyone enjoys being acknowledged for a job well done; however, most employees only receive recognition from management. Don’t leave it up to HR to hand out appreciation awards. Start the habit of showing your coworkers that you’re grateful for their work by sending them a quick email or simple card.

2. Consider what you have to gain perspective. You may not be thrilled about your job, but you can think about its benefits to give yourself perspective on your situation. Make a list of the positives (career development opportunities, flexible vacation days, work friends, etc.) to remind yourself that there are advantages to your current stage in life.

3. Start a workplace volunteer program. If your company is lacking in the philanthropy department, starting a company volunteer program will help bring coworkers together to give back to the community. Through a volunteer program, you can grow closer to your coworkers, address needs in the community and gain experiences that may help you in your day-to-day work. Plus, by taking initiative to engage employees through volunteering you’re guaranteed to impress your boss.

4. Be the catalyst for a better culture. Every company has room for improvement when it comes to culture, and you have the ability to take small steps to trigger a more engaged or healthy one. Ask about implementing wellbeing sessions or social activities into the workday. From exhibiting your personality through your office to avoiding gossip, each action you take plays a part in making strides toward a more positive workplace.

5. Don’t dwell on the bad parts. Sometimes, your biggest roadblock to enjoying your job is yourself. If you’re experiencing a negative attitude toward your work, move forward by focusing on the healthy hobbies you do enjoy. By channeling your energy elsewhere you can better view your job experience as a temporary aspect of your career.

What approaches do you take to stay engaged at work?

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Emily Knippa

Emily Knippa is a St. Louis-based marketer and writer who focuses on content marketing, career development, and personal finance. She enjoys meeting people pursuing inspiring career paths. She’d love to meet you at the next United Way event. Say hello to Emily on Twitter at @emilyknippa.