How Was Work Today?
Posted August 28, 2019.
A few weeks ago I was driving and noticed a billboard that said “How was work today?” and it linked to this website: howwasworktoday.com/good-vote/. I of course love my job and our fantastic patients, so when I arrived to somewhere I could stop the car, I voted thumbs up right away.
Unfortunately, most people don’t feel the same. So my question is, why do so many people stay at a job they hate? Is it for career benefits? Fear of changing to another job? Complacency?
According to an article at returntonow.net, 85% of people today HATE their jobs! A Gallup poll found that in the U.S., we generally enjoy our jobs more than other countries. The article continues:
Overall, Gallup found that only 15% of workers feel engaged by their jobs. According to Forbes, “engaged” means they feel a sense of “passion” for and “deep connection” to their work, spending their days “driving innovation and moving their company forward.”
62% of workers are described as “not engaged,” meaning they are “unhappy but not drastically so. In short, they’re checked out. They sleepwalk through their days, putting little energy into their work,” Forbes says.
And 23% are what Gallup calls “actively disengaged,” meaning “they pretty much hate their jobs. They act out and undermine what their coworkers accomplish.”
This is alarming, especially when we know it costs trillions of dollars to educate us as a country, and there’s a student debt crisis. (As a professional student, I accrued nearly $300,000 in student debt to go to dental school, I feel the pain.)
Fortunately, it seems in Utah we have a bit higher outlook on our jobs, but not where it should be. The poll I took part in showed numbers like these:
- 48% of us enjoy our jobs
- 35% are so-so on our jobs
- 17% of us hate our jobs
Since September is the month we celebrate Labor Day, and all of those who have served us, I want to take a moment to thank those of you who have served in our military and are first responders for keeping us safe and protected.
In the light of “Labor,” I also like to periodically ask myself, what do I love doing and what do I hate doing? Sure life isn’t perfect, and work is work. It’s easy to think the “grass is greener” somewhere else and switching jobs, moving, quitting, going back to school, or finishing school will make our life better. But I’ve found there’s more to it than that. The people you work with, of course make a huge impact, but so does your mindset.
I find a lot of satisfaction in a job well done, but there are things in my personal and professional life I should delegate to others or remove altogether, so I can concentrate more on what I love to do and am good at.
I compare this to parenting. I have a job as a dentist, a job as a parent, and a job as a practice owner. Each position has it’s own challenges. None of the 3 are glamorous all the time, and I don’t love every second of each one. But I do love the overarching blessing to have each of these 3 jobs and the things I learn from them and what I get to give to others. I joke that my kids are great (most of the time), and they could probably say the same about me.
So why put up with something we don’t truly love to do, or at least love most of the time.
Life is too short to hate what we do. My resolution is to find ways to better enjoy what I’m doing, or to find something better to replace it with.
Until next time
Dr. Tyler Williams, D.D.S.
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