Should you be grateful for your job, even if you don’t like it?

How important is it to be grateful for a job, even if you don’t like it? Very! I have news for those of you out there who are ungrateful for your job, your boss knows it and eventually it can come back to bite you in the butt! Being both a recruiter and a career coach, I speak with thousands of job seekers every year and hundreds of employers. It is very interesting to hear what both employers and employees have to say given the current market conditions. It is my prediction that next year we are going to see a lot of “red rover, red rover, everyone switches jobs over.”

The reason I think this is going to happen is because there are a lot of ungrateful and fed up employees and employers out there. Many of the job seekers I talk to feel under appreciated and taken advantage of in this economy. Often, they may feel like an extra burden has been put on them, and that they are being under-compensated for the extra work they are performing. On the flip side, a lot of employers feel that their employees are taking it for granted that they have a paying job and benefits in this tough economy. So what does this mean for everyone?

It means that unless people put on their gratitude glasses, there is going to be a lot of unrest and movement in the coming months. As soon as employers begin to see the market turning around and more business coming in the doors, they will let go of the employees who are “ungrateful” for their jobs because they will finally feel confident enough to find above average replacements for the employees they currently have. This also means that employees are going to feel more confident in their ability to find something out there and will begin to go on more interviews.

Some people may choose to make a change because they truly are dissatisfied and there is nothing their employer can do to change their situation, but others can avoid having to go through the difficulty of finding something new simply by putting on their gratitude colored glasses. So what are gratitude glasses and how can you put them on? Everyone has heard the term “rose-colored glasses” and knows that means seeing the world through a “rosy” point of view. I have come up with a new concept which is that you can choose a different perspective or set of glasses every day to come from which can empower you. One example of this is gratitude. When I say that you can put on a pair of “gratitude colored glasses,” this simply means to choose to come from a perspective of gratitude for that day or that week or that month.

When you choose to put on your gratitude colored glasses, you are then choosing to see everything that happens to you through the lens of gratitude. Even if you get blown off by your boss or get in an argument with someone at the office, you find a way to be grateful for that fight or that upset and learn from it. If both employers and employees could learn to do this, there would be a lot less movement in people’s jobs and a lot more happiness for everyone in the workplace in general. Next time your boss gets frustrated with you, try to find a way to learn something from that situation and be grateful for what you learn.

I will leave you with a wonderful quote from a friend of mine who was looking for a job. I had told him my “gratitude colored glasses” theory and he emailed me:

Subject: My Gratitude Glasses – Thought You Would Appreciate This

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melodie Beattie

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