June 24, 2012 Leave a comment
“I’m having a ball up here tonight, y’all…and I’m at work right now!” – Mia Borders
If not an exact quote, it’s guaranteed close-enough to capture what emerging New Orleans musician Mia Borders thinks of her job. Probably only somewhere in her mid-20’s, she seems to count these blessings in a way that exceeds her years. She brings an obvious enthusiasm and passion to her work. One that prominent business experts would counsel is a key to increasing job satisfaction in everyday corporate life.
Sometimes the best examples of life’s lessons appear in unexpected places. Particularly at a Sunday evening show, with another Monday morning fast coming, Ms. Borders’ comment no doubt struck a familiar chord with many in her audience. However, as images of tour buses, life on the road, and 24/7 time spent with co-workers come to mind, most in the crowd would probably agree the grass isn’t necessarily any greener in Mia’s world. Nonetheless, there was something really refreshing about her comment and the way she seemed to her have her job satisfaction equation perfectly in balance. It comes across in this (video link).
Not even a full week had passed before the Harvard Business Review published “Don’t Like Your Job? Change It (Without Quitting)” by Amy Gallo. Apparently quite a few people really don’t like their jobs. Or does this really mean that these are people who do understand just how fortunate they are to have a job in today’s economy…and more realistically view that there are a few aspects of their jobs they’d like to change or improve? It’s the old glass half-empty vs half-full view….with the added twist here being one’s appreciation for even having a glass to hold in the first place!
In any case, the Gallo article really does a nice job in placing the ball back into every employee’s own court to take the steps they can to bring about positive changes in their own job satisfaction. Gallo cites “Turn the Job You Have into the Job You Want” as a reference, which holds that employees usually have more leeway to make changes to their jobs than they may at first recognize. “Looking at Yourself” first and foremost is the message Gallo sets forth – to more fully integrate interests, alter what we do, change with whom we interact, and otherwise find new meaning in what we do.
Just think of the collective spark that could energize our workplaces if more people started to head in this direction!