Not literally...but you never know.
Our survey results of over 1,000 jobseekers* revealed that a fifth of workers would be happy to have a relationship with a work colleague. It’s also been reported that the typical employee will also experience six office romances in their career.
While finding love in the workplace shouldn't be the key driver behind switching roles, why not make finding a job you'll love your priority this Valentine's Day.
February 14th is often associated with a celebration of passion and commitment. On a cold and usually grey winter day where the majority of the country are thinking about love in terms of their partner, there’s no reason not to think outside of the box. After all, Most people dedicate at least 40 hours of their life to work a week, and for those who are lucky enough to get eight hours of sleep a night, it adds up that you spend about 44% of your waking life at work.
are you in a job that you love?
This Valentine’s Day, take some time to reflect on the inspiration you first brought to work in the first place. Can you remember your very first day on the job? Beyond the first day nerves, you no-doubt packed enthusiasm, conviction in your own abilities and a sense that career options were beginning to open to you. But sometimes every day on the job feels like it’s a grey February day, and you’re not alone. When on-the-job responsibilities become routines, it’s only natural for the initial excitement to fade. The good news is that no matter what your career path, you can always rekindle the flame, even after the honeymoon is over.
Here’s four tips on how to find love (in what you do) at work.
it’s all about you.
Try to be an even better version of yourself at work - personal development is key here. For instance, you could consider extra learning opportunities via online courses, seminars and workshops. And if you really want to impress your boss, dedicate some time away from work to reading up on the latest industry trends to improve your knowledge. You should also take advantage of channels like LinkedIn to broaden your network of professional connections — you never know when, or from where, an opportunity will come knocking.
think about the work you’ve loved doing.
Think back to one of your earliest and most memorable successes on the job. It doesn’t necessarily have to be anything major, whether it’s a project that went well, a moment when your boss praised you, or even a conflict you helped resolve. What was going on at the time? Who were you working with, and what were you working on? Make a list of common factors about the job situations you’ve loved in the past, and see if there are ways you can blend them into your current work responsibilities.
Day-in-day-out it’s easy to lose sight of why we do the things we do. If you’re a HR professional, for instance, the hours of endless meetings might distract you from what your core function is — helping people. But no matter what career path you’ve chosen, there’s always a higher purpose or goal, even if it’s something as simple as supporting your family, challenging yourself or meeting new people. Don’t forget to take a moment every now and again to remember and take stock of these things. Think about what motivates you, keep prompts at work and refer to them when you’re feeling a little down in the dumps. There’s plenty of motivational podcasts and resources available online, and if your workplace has a dedicated wellbeing team, feel free to utilise their resources. It will help.
find love in a new job.
Again, not necessarily with another person, but in a new role.
Now that the new year flurry is over and resolutions are slowly phasing out for some, take some time to think about your current working situation. You may have set a fitness or diet new year’s resolution for example, but did you make any 2020 resolutions applicable to your working life? It’s time to take it up a notch if you’re feeling unfulfilled. Finding a job that engages you day-to-day means you need to be ambitious. Don’t limit yourself right from the start, but really consider what role would excite you to get out of bed and off to work every morning ready to take on the world.
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*2018 poll of over 1,000 respondents on randstad.co.uk