“Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work will make you successful.” – Alexander Kjerulf
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If you don’t love what you do, doesn’t work feel like a chore? Do you feel like you are in a rut and there is no progression in sight? It is often said in Recruitment that if you love working in the industry then it will rarely feel like a job. Enjoying what you do in the workplace will see you reap the benefits both professionally and personally.
It is easy to spot someone who loves Recruitment, living and breathing their work, benefitting mentally, physiologically and financially. Whilst chasing the money may seem the right idea at the time, the short-term fix has longer term implications for you, your health and your career.
Here are our top four reasons as to why loving what you do will make the difference to your personal and professional career:
Have More Energy
1. Have More Energy
If you are tired of being someone who snoozes their alarm five times, tossing and turning, doing whatever is realistically possible to delay the inevitable, you might want to try forging a career doing something meaningful and fulfilling.
Having that passion for what you are doing gives you a boost in the morning to get up and make every minute count and inevitably find your performance improving. Your work colleagues will not be able to ignore your energetic aura as it lifts the workplace.
A study conducted by Warwick University found happier people are 12% more productive in the workplace, they use their extra energy to work more effectively to produce better results.
2. Be More Confident
When you are doing work that you are passionate about, through force of habit and curiosity, the work will seem to become natural to you, not only will you enjoy it more but you will be better at it too. Using your natural ability, enhancing those interests and creating work you are engaged in will see your confidence soar as you increase your knowledge and expertise, and become identified as an authority in your area.
Displaying confidence then provides you with a quality assurance that will make your boss stand up and take notice. Your demeanour in the workplace can affect people’s perception of who you are and what you are about, and don’t think your bosses won’t notice someone who stands out from the crowd!
3. Better Health
People who do not enjoy what they do for work can suffer from depression, obesity, stress, and increased blood pressure, if you enjoy work you will have a better overall wellbeing and improved physical and mental health. Having a sense of meaning and purpose, two benefits from enjoyment in the workplace are two key elements of a person’s psychological well-being.
‘The general conclusion from each type of study is that your subjective well-being -- that is, feeling positive about your life, not stressed out, not depressed -- contributes to both longevity and better health among healthy populations’ - Ed Diener, author of the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing.
4. More Opportunities
By being passionate about your work you are striving to better yourself on a daily basis, you are displaying all the things your bosses are looking for when it comes to career progression. Your improved confidence will see you seek out opportunities for growth and that can-do attitude will take you far.
The knowledge you pick up along the way combined with your relentless attitude towards self-improvement will see you reap the rewards for years to come and make that smell of success even sweeter.
That extra energy won’t be able to be ignored by your bosses, who will likely regard you as the go-to colleague for any progression or promotion opportunities within the company. Bosses are always on the lookout for vibrant, eager and enthusiastic staff, they won’t make the effort for clock watchers!
Happiness and success in the workplace are intrinsically linked, success makes you happy and you gain a sense of accomplishment that you are good at what you are doing, and this breeds energy and higher levels of confidence.
The parallels between loving what you do and reaping the benefits cannot be ignored, feed your inner desire in order to succeed in whatever vocation you may choose. It may be nice to have money, but it is as equally fulfilling to have success and happiness, so go for the ‘jugular’, love what you are doing and achieve it all!