For company holiday parties, lots of family activities during this multicultural season of joy, But, are you joyful at work? Where do you stand this month/quarter year? Work/life balance is very important, but if work really sucks, it will intrude into your holiday cheer. So, this is a good time to examine that balance and your relationship with your job.
Do you really enjoy your work or are you rationalizing that it’s better than others you’ve had? Looking for a new opportunity is NOT fun and can in itself be a deterrent to making a change. You need to be honest with yourself and determine if you are professionally satisfied or just settling.
How about your boss? Does your boss respect your efforts and abilities, support you you need help and fairly hold you accountable? Is your boss trying to help you grow, or just make his/her numbers? Do you have a mentor?
Do you exchange ideas with your colleagues? If you work with talented people, they can be a great source of learning for you. Sometimes, you might even find a shoulder to lean on during the tough times we all go through.
Do you work for an ethical company that’s committed to long term growth? You won’t agree with every move they make, but you do need to answer yes to the first question. Are your values in sync? At a certain point in you career, this matters. At another point, it matters more.
I’ve had two wonderful trips to Italy, where they work to live, as opposed to our “live to work” culture in the US. Since those experiences, I am more cognizant of the work/life balance. Recently, I read The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying and though that may be much heavier reflection than I am suggesting here, what I am suggesting is that you do it sooner rather than later.
“People do their best work when they feel good about themselves.”
Ken Blanchard, One Minute Manager
“Do your best.”
The Cub Scout Motto