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6 Signs You Have a Great Job

6 Signs You Have a Great Job

We’ve all had those mornings where we’ve woken up thinking that work is the absolute last thing we’d want to do. For some of us, this happens every morning. Not every job is meant to be truly enjoyable. But that doesn’t mean you should be constantly miserable at work. If even one of the following applies to you, you don’t have it as bad as you convince yourself every Monday morning.

You can be yourself

For so many of us, our work persona is much different from our “off the clock” persona. If you’re lucky, though, you don’t have to fake anything for nine hours a day, because the person you are at work is the person you always are. If you fit in with your colleagues, you feel comfortable within the organization, and you don’t have to put on airs in front of your boss, you really don’t have much to complain about.

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Your supervisor is a leader

Every worker has to answer to someone eventually, and a supervisor’s personality can make all the difference in the life of an employee. The stereotypical “boss” doles out assignments with little to no guidance, reasoning, or clarification, leaving his underlings questioning their every move. On the other hand, great leaders give clear instructions and rationale behind the assignments they give their employees, and always make themselves available if needed. While bosses tend to micromanage their employees throughout an entire project, leaders have faith in their workers’ abilities, and allow them freedom to do work they know they’re capable of. If your supervisor falls into the latter category, consider yourself lucky.

You feel confident

Feeling confident in your ability to perform your paid duties is often a deciding factor as to whether or not you’ll enjoy your job. If you constantly feel swamped with work to the point that you feel as if you’re drowning, you won’t ever have time to step back and appreciate your job. However, this isn’t to say that having an “easy” job is for the best, either. Ironically, working in a job that’s much too easy can leave you disheartened and feeling “stuck.” Without being challenged constantly, you won’t ever feel confident in your ability to overcome obstacles.

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You have opportunities for growth

Going along with the last point, the reason “easy” jobs aren’t very rewarding is because there often isn’t much room for growth. Why try harder when minimal effort gets the job done just fine? And why push yourself if you know you have no chance of being promoted? On the other hand, if you find yourself in a position in which your supervisor sees your potential and backs you up when you speak of your long-term goals, you’ll be more likely to approach every day as a day to excel. When you can have faith that your hard work will pay off eventually, you’ll be more free to focus on your job, rather than how much you hate it.

You earn good compensation

I know what you’re saying: money can’t buy happiness. If you’re not fulfilled in your job, a great salary doesn’t necessarily make up for it. But it does help at least a little bit. You might not be making as much as you’d like to or think you deserve, but as long as you can pay the bills and provide for your family, you should be eternally grateful. Think about the extras, too. If you have great benefits, you’re protected against most emergency situations; that’s absolutely priceless. If your job allows you to take a personal day to watch your kid perform in a school play, you’ve got it better than most others. And if, at the end of a year of hard work, you can spend a week on the beach with your family…well, what more could you ask for?

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You love what you do

Now for the obvious. If you love what you do, it doesn’t matter if you don’t make much money. It doesn’t matter if you work long hours. It doesn’t matter if your boss is a jerk. Every job has ups and downs, so it’s up to you whether you focus on the negative or positive aspects of your work. Realistically, dealing with all the other garbage is worth it, as long as you feel fulfilled coming into your job each and every day.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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