The average person spends 90,000+ hours at work over their lifetime: from the age of 20 – 65, for 40 hours a week, with two weeks of vacation a year.
- • Are you stuck in a crappy job?
- • Are you counting down the days until your next vacation?
- • Do you live for long weekends?
Your job is NOT the problem!
The job is the job and you probably knew the deal when you accepted the position.
You are not happy in your job because your values aren’t connected to the work you do.
Sure, that might sound like something you heard at a professional training day you were forced to attend, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.
Let’s talk values. Your attitudes, judgments and beliefs are your values. Before you go and quit this crappy job to start another crappy job, think about where your career is headed and what you truly value. In simple terms, you have 3 types of values and understanding what each one means to you will affect how happy you are at work.
In simple term’s you have 3 types of values and understanding what each one means could impact how happy you are at work.
Take 5 minutes and complete the following checklist to map out your VALUES IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE from 1 to 3 (3 being the most important).
(1) Intrinsic values = MOTIVATION
Intrinsic values are the “tasks and activities” you do on the job. They are the things that make you feel good about your work and how satisfied you are in your job.
Ex. You’re an APM who likes to work in a team environment, doing project based work, where you’re seen as the problem solver in the team. You enjoy the different variety of projects and the feeling of being “helpful and resourceful”.
Be the best – the go to person Competitive environment Respected for your results Work with new and exciting technology Work with interesting and progress vendors Your achievement is public Influence others Hold a position of power Have lots of external contact Specialized work Individual contributor Ability to take risks Push boundaries of knowledge and research Constant change and adventure Help your colleagues – team building Help society and work for a cause Creative opportunities Fast changing pace of work
(2) Extrinsic values = REWARDS
These values are the “results” you get from performing your intrinsic values and often will have you staying in a less than ideal job because of the rewards you receive.
Ex. You are the Director of Construction, where you have “power and prestige”, earning a “high salary” which makes you feel “important,” but you are also 100% responsible all the time and you can’t leave your job because you recently purchased a big house and new car. You are handcuffed to the job!
Clear path to management role Power/Authority Social status Prestige and recognition through awards Team and tech support Monetary rewards Reliable paycheck Standard work hours Fancy office Travel and events Interesting and desirable work Entrepreneurial environment Set your own hours No cap to earnings No boss to report to Fast, ever changing work environment
(3) Lifestyle values = ME TIME
Lifestyle values are what you do with your time and money as a result of your MOTIVATION and REWARDS.
Ex. You live in the suburbs, coaching soccer and attending church, where you donate a portion of your salary. You picked this town because it’s a safe neighborhood, with good public schools, parks and restaurants and you can afford it because you commute to the city for your highly-paid Superintendent job.
Charities work and donations Attend religious service Engage in politics Community involvement Live frugally Save for retirement Spend time with family Spend time with friends Have people over Have time to yourself Travel frequently Go shopping Expensive trips Eat out Cultural activities Play/watch sports Live in a small town Live in a big city Spend time learning
Note your values from highest to lowest of importance – and be honest, not all options can be a 3.
The goal is to see which are your most important values and if they’re reflected in your current job. When people are unhappy in their current jobs it’s usually because their values aren’t reflected in the work they are doing. If you want power and money, but you work in flat org structure with capped earnings it’s no surprise you are unhappy.
Finally, take a few minutes to write a clear statement describing how your values will translate into your ideal next role. See example below:
In my next job, my role as a Senior PM for a GC in Boston will allow me to be a part of the hiring team so that I can attract, hire and mentor junior construction management professionals to share my 15+ years of experience and grow my leadership skillset. My goal is to work on projects that focus on sustainability with advanced technology/BIM, so that in 5 years I can start my own firm building sustainable commercial projects in downtown Boston.
Having a clear statement will make applying and interviewing for jobs much easier. You’ll have clarity on whether a particular opportunity has the potential to provide the appropriate motivation and rewards for job satisfaction.
Being clear about your motivations, rewards and lifestyle mean’s you’re one step closer to enjoying your work rather than just taking another shitty job for a paycheck.
Remember, 90,000+ hours of your life will be spent working! You deserve to love your job.
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