Do You Enjoy Your Work?

If we can’t find satisfaction and don’t feel engaged and empowered, we become stressed.

Do You Enjoy Your Work?

Do You Enjoy Your Work? Does your team enjoy their work?

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – Wendy’s books on Amazon

Do You Enjoy Your Work? One of the reasons I chose to move out of management consultancy and into coaching was because I loved the coaching part of my job.  There were lots of other things I liked about what I was doing such as problem solving. But I found the most satisfying part of problem solving was working with people to help them solve problems for themselves. And if they had solved problems at work, they were usually happier there. Often this was because it meant they had a hand in bringing about change.

In Western Culture work is seen often as just something we have to do. And it isn’t necessarily meant to make you happy. Sometimes we find ourselves working under duress and sometimes we work only because we need to feed ourselves and our family. For some, it is about being able to buy things that are supposed to make us happy. Unfortunately, and all too often, work is not regarded as contributing to personal expression and satisfaction.

Do You Enjoy Your Work? Why it matters.

If you think about it, most of us spend at least one-third of our lives at work. So, being unhappy in what we do, means we spend at least one-third of lives feeling miserable. And if you are very unhappy at work, you probably spend a large amount of the rest of your waking hours thinking about your misery at work. Feeling miserable at work over a period of time can lead to stress and that has an impact on health and on life away from work.

Finding happiness at work, or at least content, isn’t really that hard. But for many of us happiness at work isn’t wholly within our own control.  Most of us work for someone else.  And we may very much depend upon being empowered by them to find satisfaction. If we can’t find satisfaction and don’t feel engaged and empowered, we become stressed. That puts a big responsibility on managers, not only for physical well-being of their teams, but also for their emotional health.

If you need support as a manager in helping your team feel engaged and empowered please get in touch. If you are an employee who is unhappy at work, I would be very happy to talk to you about how you can improve the situation.

Resources to help your job search or career development

In the job market, there are always lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket-book.

Stress-free Job Search
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

A concise and practical little work book, it is for all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link;

Remember working with a career coach can really help both  job search and career resilience. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 

>Strength for the Journey – staying fit!


Running with Seagulls
You wouldn’t be wasting time reading this if you were not committed to doing something interesting and worthwhile after leaving the Public Sector. 
You are engaged in a most important task – ensuring the best possible future for you and for those close to you.  This major project will be challenging to manage and making sure it is success will require both your energy and your commitment! 
You need to do your best to make sure you are fit for the task – I mean physically and mentally fit!
You are going through what for most people is a deeply stressful experience. Sometimes people turn to alcohol or drugs as a way of coping, or they may overeat. Unfortunately all of those just provide a short-term fix at the cost of long term physical and mental damage. (I’m not even going to mention smoking!) 
If you are serious about Project You, you just can’t afford those options!   
There are lots of simple relaxation techniques around.  But I’ve put one at the end of this post anyway. 
Sometimes playing a game that keeps your mind working (rather than watching TV) can be a way to relax even if it is just Scrabble on Facebook. I have a NintendoDS and my word can’t that while away the hours and the tension!
This might also be the time to make some simple change in your overall life style that have worked for others.
Replace coffee with tea! In a recent study,   researchers found that drinking a cup of tea 4-6 times a day reduces stress hormone levels in your body. The study’s results suggest “drinking black tea may speed up our recovery from the daily stresses in life.” In any case drink lots of water – 8 glasses a day is recommended.
Eat a balanced diet – plenty of vegetables and complex carbohydrates!  Cut out the fat, salt and sugar and eat small meals at frequent and regular intervals.
Get some exercise every day, even if much of your day is spent in the home office working on Project You! Get out for a daily walk at the very least. Getting outside for some fresh air, a change of scenery, and a quick walk to get your blood going, will do wonders for your mood and motivation.   
Now is not the time to cut yourself off from company, I will be writing here about networking shortly.  In the meantime make sure you stay in touch with your old friends. Remember so many people have suffered the indignity of being made redundant that you are likely to be treated with a lot of understanding by old friends and colleagues, if that is what has happened. 
Now here is that relaxation technique I mentioned.
Relaxed breathing 

Practise deep breathing at a regular time and in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Loosen or remove any tight clothes and make yourself comfortable! 

If you can, sit in a comfortable chair which supports your head or lie on the floor or bed. Place your arms on the chair arms, or flat on the floor or bed, a little bit away from the side of your body with the palms up. 

If you’re lying down, stretch out your legs, keeping them hip-width apart or slightly wider. If you’re sitting in a chair, don’t cross your legs.
Good relaxation always starts with focusing on your breathing. The way to do it is to breathe in and out slowly and in a regular rhythm as this will help you to calm down.
·         Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly.
·         Fill up the whole of your lungs with air, without forcing.
·         Imagine you’re filling up a bottle, so that your lungs fill from the bottom.
·         Breathe in slowly and regularly counting from one to five (don’t worry if you can’t reach five at first).
·         Then let the breath escape slowly, counting from one to five.
·         Keep doing this until you feel calm.
·         Breathe without pausing or holding your breath.
While you are doing this concentrate completely on your breathing – let the thought of your breath fill you heart and mind completely! 
You will be surprised by the power of this very simple technique which you can use any time and in more or less any place.  Please try it and let me know what you think!