No, not that kind of love! The month of February brings to mind Valentine’s Day and everything from love, your spouse, family, significant other, to those who are close to you. When we hear the word “love” we often think of our personal relationships; however, let’s look at this word in a different context. Love can be defined as a strong positive emotion of regard and affection, or getting pleasure from an activity like cooking, sports, or hobbies. So what about your career? What do you love at work?
I encourage you to take advantage of Valentine’s Day to think about what you love about your career. It is easy to identify the things we dislike or would change. Let’s face it, it is easy to be negative. It doesn’t require any effort. However, just as your personal relationships require work, so does your relationship with your work.
Make time to ask yourself some simple questions. Do you love the people you work with and the type of work you do? Do you love the company you work for and the customers you serve? Do you love the benefits and incentives? The answers are individual, just as if you were to examine why you love things like sports or you love your family. This is about reminding yourself of the things you appreciate. It can help refresh your perspective when you are at work, or remind you of the things that are important as you explore new careers.
It was William Shakespeare who wrote, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” When is the last time you counted the ways you love what you do?
About the Author, Patty North As the regional manager of Celebrity Staff, a leading staffing and recruitment firm, Patty North has assisted organizations across a four-state region with the development and implementation of best practice strategies in the areas of talent acquisition and talent management. Her collective insight and expertise on workforce planning, garnered from her 15 years in the staffing industry, has enabled clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations to improve performance and gain a competitive advantage in their respective markets. Celebrity Staff is based in Omaha, Nebraska with offices located in Lincoln, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri.