Summer Offers Chance to Fall in Love with your Job

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<p><strong>Boston &mdash; July 24</strong><br />If you&#39;re looking for a summer romance, there is one affair you can have that could last well into the cold days of winter: Fall in love with your job, according to ClearRock, an outplacement and executive coaching firm headquartered in Boston.</p><p>&ldquo;Summer is a good time to fall in love with your job, either for the first time or again,&rdquo; said Annie Stevens, managing partner. &ldquo;With business generally slowing down until the fall, you&#39;ll have more time to address things that may have caused you to fall out of love with your job in the first place.&rdquo;<br /><br />If you consider your employment situation too far gone, it might not be possible to fall in love with your job, said Greg Gostanian, managing partner</p><p>&ldquo;But just as you probably wouldn&#39;t automatically give up on a romance and would try to work it out, you should try to patch things up between you and your job at least one more time,&rdquo; Gostanian said.<br /><br />ClearRock recommends taking these steps to fall in love with your job this summer:<br /></p><ul><li><strong>Determine whether the relationship between you and your job is worth salvaging. </strong>&ldquo;Rate the major factors &mdash; such as compensation and benefits, opportunity for advancement, relationships with your bosses and co-workers and how much you really like the job &mdash; as either positives or negatives,&rdquo; Stevens said.</li><li><strong>Examine the negative elements more closely.</strong> &ldquo;Further divide these into which ones you can attempt to remedy, and which you feel you can&#39;t repair, to determine whether, as a whole, you can make a difference in how you view your job,&rdquo; Gostanian said.</li><li><strong>Develop an action plan to address those factors you think can be fixed.</strong>&nbsp; &ldquo;If you feel underutilized, you may be able to talk with your boss about taking on additional duties,&rdquo; Stevens said. &ldquo;If you&#39;ve had a falling out with your boss or co-workers, this also may be repairable. If you wanted a chance to try something new at your current job, summer may be the right time to discuss this.&rdquo;</li><li><strong>Pay closest attention to trying to fix those parts of your job that would have the biggest impact on how you feel.&nbsp; </strong>&ldquo;Be honest with yourself &mdash; don&#39;t only go for &#39;easy fixes&#39; and expect them to make you feel significantly better. If you think the job is worth saving, be prepared to have some potentially difficult conversations with your boss and co-workers, if necessary, particularly if you are part of the problem,&quot; Gostanian said.</li><li><strong>Don&#39;t be afraid to toot your own horn to let others know about your accomplishments.&nbsp; </strong>&ldquo;One of the biggest reasons people feel unappreciated at work is because they don&#39;t share compliments and praise they receive from customers and co-workers, such as positive letters and e-mails. Spread the word but in a discreet way,&rdquo; Stevens said.</li><li><strong>Help others at work fall in love with their jobs. </strong>&ldquo;Assist colleagues and direct reports with rekindling that spark for their jobs. The feeling of accomplishment you&#39;ll receive will help you find passion for your own job again,&rdquo; Gostanian said.<br /></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

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