It can be easy to focus on the negative at work, and I am guilty of this a lot lately. As much as I’m ready for something new, my job has largely been a good situation for the last five-and-a-half years, and I’m grateful for it.
Without my current position, I don’t think I would have been able to figure out what’s next for me—and actually believe that I’m capable of doing it. So, I was in bed thinking last night about Thanksgiving, gratitude, and NaBloPoMo (as one does), and I decided to make a list of the reasons I’m grateful for my job beyond having steady employment and a regular paycheck.
10 Reasons I’m Grateful for My Job
- My current job has given me the opportunity to build confidence in my work again after it got a bit beat up in a tough job situation prior to this one.
- Upper management seems to understand that the work we are doing is not life-or-death, and no one pretends like it is. I’m thankful that I have had very few fires to put out over the last five years.
- I have sane coworkers who all seem to have their priorities in order when it comes to work and life.
- Some of my coworkers have even become good friends, which always makes work a lot nicer.
- My supervisor let me write for our magazine, even though it was out of the scope of my job. And having published clips means not starting from square one as freelance writer.
- I can leave work at 4:30… 4:20… fine… 4:12 p.m. Train schedules, what can I say?
- I can leave work and know that I don’t have to think about work again until I show up the next morning.
- My supervisor pushed me in the direction of Web content and social media, which I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen myself, but once it was handed to me, it made a lot of sense for my skill set and interests. I realized once I became the “content person” that it was the right direction for me.
- Over the years, because of sane coworkers and bosses, I have had the time and mental space to plan my wedding, buy a home, renovate a home, and plan for a baby. As compared to the vast majority of other jobs out there, I have a lot of work/life balance.
- This job has given me the ability to plan for the future and figure out what’s next for me. And as much as I would have liked to figure out my path 10 years ago when I started having this career crisis, I don’t think I was ready until now. I needed time. This job gave me time.
Who’s with me on this? Love your job, hate your job, or feel somewhat “meh” about it, are there things that make you feel thankful or grateful besides the paycheck?