December 7, 2005
Hem and Haw...
I definately have been in a rut like that before. Ober the summer I worked as a marketing intern at a staffing agency. I liked that I had a full time job and I liked how much I made, except I hated the work. My boss (the owner of the company) was somewhat crazy. She would forget to tell me things, then get mad at me for never doing these tasks that she never told me about. Actually, the there was a Hem and Haw calendar at the front desk and my boss would refer to Hem and Haw all the time.
The fact that she would refer to Hem and Haw at all was very surprising to me since she hates change. I once changed the label of a file on teh computer from temp files to temporary files and I got a 35 minute lecture because of it. There was actually a policy that read that creativity was detrimental to work and that it is discouraged in the workplace.
It was very hard to work at this place. After a few weeks of just dredding work I decided that I would just go, do my job, and try to make the best of the situation. So I would go into work, do whatever pointless task I was told to do and I wouldn't let it bother me. Not letting the silly things bothered me really helped. I just kind of chose to make the rest of my summer good by not letting my dislike for my work affect my mood.
Posted by at December 7, 2005 11:05 PM
Hi Erica - You seem to have mastered the "Choose your Attitude" of the Fish! philosophy last summer. Wow. It's difficult as an intern to have the context and situation to create an positive change. Would you have done anything different to get the staffing agency away from being the "toxic energy dump" - anything with be present or play or make their day? The Hem and Haw calendar certainly is ironic, considering the situation. Did your boss discuss Who Moved my Cheese? Or maybe she didn't realize what Hem and Haw really meant?
This happens in the workplace. Things that are different from your standards. Just get yourself motivated with your career. Once you get used to it, you will be ok.
Career motivation is very important especially if you are just starting your job. Things are new to you and you are at the adjustment period. Just stay positive with it and you will get through it.
With situations like that, I think its about time you use your conversation skills and talk to your boss about this. Do it in a positive way, open up your problem and explain your point. Based on your post, you may receive a lecture if you do this. But maybe you can invite your boss to a conversation and tell her beforehand that you would like to open some things to her.
How you say things or how you approach your boss matters a lot. With your conversation skills, you can open up your problem and hopefully your boss may respond positively to this.
Try to be positive about your job to get yourself motivated. It wouldn't help if you think negative about it. It is a job you have to do or else you go find another one.
Being positive will help you do your job even if it is not really that likeable. The Sedona Method is a very effective way to get positive and motivated all the time.