I just had another one.
I think I like this job aside from the mundane work (I put labels on papers for like 3 hours this morning), for the reason that
I FEEL VALUED
I realized today that in the past few jobs I never really felt valued. I didn’t mind the work, I didn’t mind the hours, I didn’t mind that I worked harder than others.
I thought it was all those things that made me not like the job as much. But it wasn’t, it was the fact that my employers never made me feel like I was an integral part of the team (whether or not I was).
Here at this job, I do, do a lot and know far more beyond my job description, even though I do a lot of things to improve my value, I am always complimented on how much I have done, people here take the time to tell me how much they appreciate what I am doing, even if I don’t think much of it.
It goes to show what a “thanks, for doing ________” will do for employee morale.
So if you are reading this and you manage any number of employees, please make sure to thank them on a regular basis. Tell them that without them you couldn’t do what you do, even though you do far more than they do, appreciate them and show them.