Why Liking What you do is Important

It can be easy to go into a job full of excitement.  It is new to you, there are plenty of challenges, and you learn constantly.  The newness of every role will wear off over time.  Once you become accustomed to a role, you need to ask yourself, “what do I like about what I’m doing?”  If you are unable to answer that question, it is time to consider switching roles.  If you can answer that question and have a level of enthusiasm about the answer, that means you are in a good position.

It is important to recognize that not everyone enjoys their role.  Some people dread going into work each and every day, and they continue to go into work, doing nothing about it.  If you’re in this position, you can tell your manager that you are not enjoying the role.  Or you can quit and find something else to do.

Enjoying what you do is not something found in every role for every person; however, it is a major benefit to those in that position.  Liking what you do allows you to come into the office each and every day with a smile on your face.  This, in turn, gives you the chance to put your true, whole-hearted energy into your projects.  In doing this, the results of the project are better which leads you to better performance reviews and then the cycle starts all over again.

For those that do not enjoy what they do, they will care less about the results of a project, which will lead to poor results.  That is why it is so important for managers to find people that care and are excited to do what they do - it impacts their bottom line performance!  Though the role of a manager is to make sure business results happen, the most important aspect of their role is to ensure their employees are happy and enjoy coming in to work.  Great managers recognize this will impact other people’s lives positively as well as the company’s bottom line.

If you ever find yourself in a rut where you truly do not like what you are doing, the first step is to talk with your manager and/or mentor and explain to them why you don’t like what you’re working on.  If they are not able to assist you or solve the problem, it might be time to start looking elsewhere.

Try to keep a smile on your face while in the office - it will help you feel better about what you do, which has ramifications beyond that one smile.

Thought Starters

  • How have you noticed others’ perception of you has changed as a result of you liking or disliking what you do?
  • What can you do to get yourself out of a rut where you do not like what you’re working on?