Corporate America has been a stressful place to navigate over the last two years. You may have been left to do the work of two or three people. You are tired, burned-out. I bet you’re taking your job for granted just a little bit right now.
Try to resist the urge. No matter how boring, repetitive, slave-driving or irritating you perceive your job to be, things could always be worse. You could be visiting the unemployment line for the 13th month in a row and be facing eviction from your apartment. Instead, you’re riding the train to your job.
I hear that you want your career to be personally meaningful, but remember that meaning is in the eye of the beholder. If you don’t believe me, walk down the hall and talk to HR. I bet they have a stack of résumés belonging to people applying for the very position you currently consider to be beneath you.
Taking your job for granted is bad for your mental health, and it will also make you enemies. Managers and colleagues do not appreciate someone who acts like he or she doesn’t care and/or is always complaining. If this is you, think about why you took this job in the first place and how you can re-invigorate your interest. Since your satisfaction depends not so much on the job itself as your attitude, take action this year in a productive direction.
–Alexandra Levit is the author of “They Don’t Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to the Business World,” and a nationally recognized authority on workplace issues.
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