JOB

What to do when you hate your job — This is the title of an article from Yahoo.com (http://biz.yahoo.com/usnews/070921/21_what_to_do_when_you_hate_your_job.html?.v=1&.pf=career-work ). What a most interesting and universally concerned topic! The author mentioned in the article that only 50% of people are satisfied with their job today compared to 79% in 1985 and the situation would be getting worse and worse in this global, technology-driven economy. The author gave some practical measures to deal with different common scenarios.

 

“当你讨厌自己的工作的时候怎么做”— yahoo.com的一篇文章(http://biz.yahoo.com/usnews/070921/21_what_to_do_when_you_hate_your_job.html?.v=1&.pf=career-work)的题目。这是一个很有趣而且全世界的人们都很关心的题目。作者说,相对于1985年的79%,现在只有50%的人对自己的工作满意,而且在这个全球化的,技术主导的经济时代,情况会越来越糟。针对不同的情况,作者给出了不同的减缓方法。

 

I pondered over this subject for quite a while. What to do when we hate our jobs? To be honest, it is really stressful on the Monday morning to wake up in the ringing of alarm clock thinking of how to spend the long day and the long week ahead at work. But first of all, why do we feel that we hate jobs? The author gave some scenarios in this article, and I would like to analyze it from my own points of view base on my little working experience.

 

我考虑了一下这个题目。如果我们不喜欢我们的工作该怎么办呢?老实讲,星期一早上在闹钟铃声醒来想着如何度过这漫长的一天和接下来的一个星期真是很压力阿。但是首先,为什么我们会觉得不喜欢自己的工作呢?作者给了几种情况,俺想从自己过去的一点工作经验谈谈自己的看法。

 

Firstly, we do not like job because after some time, our previously exciting job has become routine, boring, and no new blood at all. We would suspect that our job is not technique oriented, and even high school student could handle it. We slowly lack of passion in it, and squander most of the time by day dreaming. In this case, we just “do not like” the job, and not become “hate” the job. If we are a little less aggressive and a little less self magnified, we could still endure the job for sake of the monthly payroll. However, if we could put some initiative in the daily job and take some “extra” responsibilities besides the normal job scope, things would be better. In the process, we could not only find more fun from the job but also improve our own skills in creativity, management, and even networking. Still, if the work is a little light-burdened for sometime, we could take some part-time courses to expand our horizon in the profession.

 

首先,我们不喜欢自己的工作是因为,过了一段时间,我们本来很令人兴奋的工作变得很日常化,枯燥,没有任何新鲜感。我们会怀疑自己的工作没有任何技术含量,高中生都可以做。我们慢慢的失去了动力,整天晃来晃去的消磨时间。在这种情况下,我们并没有“恨”工作,只是“不喜欢”。如果我们少一点进取心,少一点自我夸大,看在工资的份上,我们还是能够忍受的。但是,如果我们能在工作中加一点主观能动性,能够承担一点点“多余”的责任,那么,事情就会变好一点。我们不仅会觉得工作有趣一些,而且也提高了自己的创造能力、管理能力、和社交能力。还有啊,如果工作还是比较轻松,可以上点业余课程提高自己的专业能力。

 

In the past, when I found jobs became boring, I sought interesting things to do after work. For example, at first I tried some direct selling, then organized 2040 club, and then set up some small online business. I devoted all my part time to these chores and I thought I enjoyed them a lot and they are good for my character training. But little by little, I realized that I should have some focus and these chores may distract me from my main goal. So my own profession should be the main focus and it is worthwhile to take initiative and strengthen knowledge to enjoy the job. It is not recommendable to do some part-time jobs or entrepreneurial activities if our main goal is still focused on our own profession.

 

在过去的工作中,每当俺觉得工作无聊的时候,我就在业余找点有兴趣的事情做。比如说,俺试过作销售,组织过俱乐部,还作了点网上小生意。我把业余时间都花在上面,还乐此不疲,觉得对自己是个锻炼。但是渐渐的,俺发现自己应该有所侧重,这些乱七八糟的东东很分散注意力。所以啊,自己的专业还是根本,俺应该有点主观能动性和充实知识来享受工作。

 

Secondly, we do not like job because of complicated interpersonal relationship. This is true sometime, especially for those who just came out of ivory tower at university and were not used to handling interpersonal relationships. Do not worry about it. To overcome this takes time. But sooner or later we will become at ease of handling such subtle relationships. The best shortcut is to find a mentor who is willing to teach you and direct you. But that depends on luck. Not everyone is so lucky to be directed by a mentor. So the second best shortcut is to observe and imitate someone at work whom we admire most.

 

还有一点让我们不喜欢工作的原因就是复杂的人际关系。这个有时候会构成一个原因。特别是对于刚才学校里出来的人来说。但是别担心。处理好人际关系需要时间,但是迟早我们会学会。最好的捷径就是有人指导我们做事。但是那要靠运气,而且也不是每个人都有这种运气,所以次好的捷径就是观察并模仿那些工作中我们所敬重的人。 

 

Finally, to my own opinion, we do not like our job partly because we separate job from our own life clearly. We regard job as something evil that disturb our normal life, and in order to enjoy life we have to suffer from working to acquire enough salary to afford living expenses. It is painful with such kind of idea. Actually, as long as we change our mindset a little and treat working as a natural part of our ordinary life, and as long as the boundary between life and work becomes a little obscure, things would be much better. We could make friends with colleagues who are not just our work partners, and we could also make work as an interesting topic and exchange ideas with friends.

 

 最后还有一点,我们不喜欢工作的部分原因在于我们把生活和工作分得太清了。我们觉得工作打扰了我们的正常生活,为了享受生活,我们不得不工作来挣取生活费。有这种想法比较痛苦。其实,只要我们转变一下观念,把工作作为生活的自然而然的一部分,只要生活和工作的界限分得不要太清,情况就会好很多。我们可以和同事们做朋友,他们并非只是工作伙伴,我们也可以把工作作为有趣的话题和朋友们交流思想。

 

Anyway, no matter what reason caused you to dislike your job, never quit the job easily. I changed several jobs in the past few years. Although I accumulated and expanded a lot more working experience through the job hopping, it is absolutely not sensible to change job frequently, especially for those who are determined to climb along the management ladder. So stick to the professional job we like, seek fun from it, treat it as the natural part of our life, and learn from our colleagues and management, and then we will surely enjoy it.

 

不管怎么说,不管什么原因让我们不喜欢自己的工作,不要轻易的辞掉。在过去的几年中,俺换了好几份工作。尽管积累和扩大了些许的工作经验,但是经常的换工作是绝对不明智的,特别是对那些想进入管理层的人们。所以,好好做一份自己喜欢的工作,从中找到乐趣,把工作作为我们生活的一部分,向别人学习长处,那么我们也一定会享受工作。 

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3 thoughts on “JOB

  1. 上海这边统计出来是一半以上的人想跳槽.这或许也是时代进步的表现吧,大家的选择多了,不象父母那个年代,分配给啥工作啥单位就要一直干下去,么啥花头想法.如何喜欢自己的工作?把工作看作生活的一部分那也挺不幸的,我想还是要安排多彩的生活吧,培养可以调剂心情和健康的小情调.
    虽说自古以来皆为名来皆为利走的,但真正的快乐还是要属于自己家人朋友的.

  2. 最后那个观点很有新意,没见过。susan的观点总是让人觉得很舒服。不过有没有人提过怎么享受学术界的工作啊?苦恼中。。。

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