Friday, July 10, 2015
Your job--what's great about it?
Sometimes a career change is not practical--but an attitude change might be.
She quotes Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine, authors of The Power of Thanks. They differentiate between appreciation and gratitude.
Appreciation is a little more detached--recognizing the value of the work in the abstract.
Gratitude is more personal--appreciating what YOU did.
Start by showing both to others.
These confer meaning to actions. In turn, the workplace becomes a meaningful place.
Look at Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs--the foremost needs are for food and shelter. Then come the psychological needs--for a sense of safety, social contact, self-esteem, recognition and status. The highest need is self-actualization.
The workplace can provide all of these. You have to think about it and decide which are most important to you--you may already be getting those.
But a big one is appreciation--companies and managers that provide that keep people.