So, it's funny I would write this after being employed exactly one week…following twenty-two years as a Stay-At-Homeschool-Mom! But in that short of time, working in retail, I've already seen two things that will almost universally help each of us perform well and enjoy our job more.
Now I realize I don't know your workplace dynamics, etc. And there are things that are out of our control. But I've observed my coworkers and have talked with my managers and customers and realize that there are a couple of things we can control. And they really help. And honestly, it boils down to one thing: attitude.
You really do have something to contribute. And people really do need you there. So believe that and think about these two things.
People Bring Their Unique Stories and Personalities to their Job
Seriously, there is no one at your company, school, store, or workplace like you. That's lived your life, had your experiences and has your personality. I have coworkers who are bubbly and extroverted, quiet, male, female, older, and younger, and all are good at what they do in their own way. So for me, I've been a stay-at-home mom, a homeschooler, a pastor's wife, student, and middle-aged person. I've lived in three different states. I'm introverted but love people. And, I'm intuitive and can often read people well. So I bring all that to the table and can share with my customers from my perspective that no one else has. You have that too with everyone you meet. So do you and do it well. You're special.
People Crave Connection
Others we work with, whether in the public, our supervisors or coworkers, want connection. We are all made for relationships. And we want to be heard. Since you're a one-of-a-kind person, you have the ability to connect with people like no one else on the planet. Seriously. The best thing we can do is know our story and listen to the story of others. Then we can connect in ways that help us meet needs. Can we always make others happy or satisfied? No, but we can try our best to connect. That makes even the difficult situations more bearable, in my opinion. So listen and try to understand a perspective that isn't your own. It will make a big difference to you and to other people.
Honestly, I didn't learn this in a week on the job. I've learned it in all of life. As a mom, a wife, a friend, student, pastor's wife, and fellow human being. People matter. When that becomes my priority, to honor others (and I personally do this as a way of honoring God), then there is a satisfaction for me even at the end of those really hard days.
Tell me the best things you've learned about working and doing life with others. Leave me a comment, drop me an email, or visit my page on Facebook. I would love to hear your story and learn from you!