How many of you out there LOVE your job? I don't mean just like your job - -but truly LOVE it? If you do, I am jealous. I mean, my job is okay. It's at least in a field I enjoy, somewhat. But it isn't my dream job. Ten years ago, I wasn't thinking, "I hope ten years from now I will be working for so-and-so as a such-and-such. The job occurred more out of necessity.
That being said, how do some of you stay motivated to do your jobs, especially if it isn't one you enjoy? Is it all about the money? Is it just a strong work ethic?
A while back I used to work for Delta Airlines. This was pre- September 11th... pre- airline-financial crisis. The company was doing well. I worked in reservations. I worked at night soI could be at home during the day with my kids. Well, the atmosphere at night was a lot more laid back than that during the day. Probably because there wasn't as much management around. We could sort of "bend" rules. We also seemed to have tons of potlucks...that was always fun.
After a short while, I moved from the general sales reservations desk to the "Special Member Services" desk. This was the department that handled the elite frequent travelers. I could schmooze with the best of them too. The thing I loved about my job was being able to be a different person with each call. My coworkers and I would make up little games and competitions throughout the shift to make the time go by faster.
We did things like only speak in a certain accent throughout the call. MY favorite was the southern drawl and a South African accent. We had a girl that sat near me from South Africa. So, I would imitate her, and it was so much fun.
Other times, we would give each other challenge words, and you'd have to use that word in a sentence before the end of the call. They were usually random words like "pilfer" "buttercup" or "slaughter". Good times.
So, fast forward to my current job. We deal with clients day in and day out. But these are not just clients we speak to over the phone. They come into the office. I don't think pulling an accent would work. In the past, before the market got tough, we used to have a lot more fun. Constant jokes and stories. Lots of laughter. Perhaps it was just the dynamics of those in the office.
Now, with the tough market, I think we are all more concerned as to whether or not we will even have jobs in a few months. If our income doesn't start to pick up we know what the end result will be, and it ain't pretty. I tell you, the whole thing makes me feel like giving up some days.
So, I ask you again... what keeps you motivated? Or are we all just walking around in stress mode?