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Love where you work

Love where you work

Do you have a job where you dread going to work? If the answer is yes, you need to do a little soul searching. Consider these stats:

-The average American (age 25-54) spends 8.8 hours a day at work. Depending on how much sleep you get at night; this means that work is an activity that takes up most of our time.

-Over a lifetime, we spend an average of 92,120 hours working.

-According to the Conference Board, only 49.6% of American workers reported being satisfied with their current jobs. That’s right, less than half of us are truly satisfied with work.

 

I’ll make this short and sweet.

Work - the one activity that is taking up the largest portion of our weekday - is the same activity that one out of every two Americans find unsatisfying.  If you’re one of these people, how do you think this affects your happiness and productivity? Isn’t it time to make a change?

 

With the economy finally gaining some momentum, especially in Seattle, I find it difficult to understand how so many people are unhappy in their jobs. There are a few reasons I can think of that may be creating barriers for individuals in choosing a career they love.

-They are unsure of what they really want to do
-They are uneducated about the job market
-They are waiting for a sign that it’s time to leave
-They are in denial that they could ever be happy working
-They are fearful of taking on new challenges

 

The first step for anyone in this situation is pretty straightforward: What are your passions and what gets you up in the morning?

 

If you’re an unsatisfied employee, can you honestly answer the question above? If not, you’re certainly not alone, but don’t fret, I have a resource for you. In an article posted by The Muse, Caroline Liu offers 8 ways to figure out what you’re passionate about without leaving your couch. Uncovering what your personal drivers are and asking yourself some thought-provoking questions are crucial if you are trying to learn about what motivates you. It takes work, but once you figure it out, you will regret that time you wasted sitting at your desk waiting for 5 o’clock to roll around!

 

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