What you need to know:
- If you approach your job with the attitude that it does not matter, you undermine your chances of being excellent in your role.
- Excellence can help build the pride you take in your job. Does your job help you to support those that depend on you?
- Are you aware that others are always watching how you undertake your responsibilities?
Our Director told employees to be proud of their jobs yet what some of us do is menial work. How does one take pride in such jobs? How do you expect someone who is ashamed of their career to take pride in it? Does our Director say this to us because it is easy for him to take pride in his senior role? Is he expecting us to pretend that we love our jobs?
The thoughts people associate with their jobs can affect the way they view and feel about themselves. The worth attributed to jobs is partly informed by the relative importance society assigns them based on, among other factors, the nature of reward, influence and reputation they attract. What if the value of a job was to be assessed based on how it contributes to a purpose grander than its individual function?
Do you know what would go wrong if your job ceased to exist in your organisation or if you poorly undertook your assignments? Do you see the connection between your role and your organisation’s desired outcomes?
If you approach your job with the attitude that it does not matter, you undermine your chances of being excellent in your role. Excellence can help build the pride you take in your job. Does your job help you to support those that depend on you? Are you aware that others are always watching how you undertake your responsibilities? Someone might support your career progress based on your attitude towards your current role. Are you giving others confidence that you are worth the next job opportunity?
The pride you take in your job should not depend on comparison with others. All jobs are temporary stints. You remain the constant across the many jobs to which you may be appointed. What impression will you leave behind as an individual? What are you doing to prepare yourself for other roles, including those that you consider more important? Remember that regardless of its relative importance, there is no pride in any job if the incumbent does not perform as expected.
Taking pride in your job has more to do with you than what you do for a living. Consider how you can use your current job as leverage for the next role. Work with enthusiasm, aware that dignity does not emanate from a job. You bring it to your job.