Love your Job: 4 Valentine’s Day Traditions you can apply to your career.
by Tim Walker
During the month of Valentine’s Day we’ll be hearing a lot about the mushy stuff: love, romance and all of the flowers, chocolates, dates and Hallmark cards that go along with it each year.
But what if we took this month to share the love…with our jobs?
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius
We’ve all heard the quote. As it turns out, the great philosopher Confucius knew what he was talking about. According to legend (and Wikipedia), the future philosopher was born into a poor family the year 551 BC. Confucius was raised by his mother and worked a variety of jobs, including a shepherd, cowherd, clerk and bookkeeper. I guess you could say he knew what he was talking about.
Loving what we do can have a profoundly positive impact on our stress levels, family and personal lives. It’s the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps giving all year long! With that in mind, let’s play Cupid and apply some Valentine’s Day traditions to our careers.
Date Night- This Valentine’s Day, millions of couples will head out for a night on the town. Date nights are a great time to reconnect, bond and get away from the stresses of everyday life. While office romances are usually frowned upon, why not take the time to bond with our fellow coworkers? Schedule a company lunch, bowling night or retreat. Here at M Force we’ve started the tradition of a monthly company lunch. It’s a time when we can all sit down and get to know each other a little better. Shop talk is usually discouraged and everyone has the opportunity to learn about their coworker outside of the high stress work environment that tends to cause conflict.
Movie-Whether it’s a romantic comedy or an action flick, movies have a way to transporting us to another time and place. It’s a unique situation where we’re able to view someone else’s life from the comfort of a chair. We are a part of the mistakes and triumphs of the characters, all in wide-screened high definition.
It’s about learning something, good or bad. At work, take the time to watch a training video. Ask a coworker how you can improve your work. Accept constructive criticism with open arms. If we observe others we’ll undoubtedly learn something that will improve our lives!
Flowers- Flowers are the great expression of love and affection. And they smell good too! Flowers or a plant can go a long way to sprucing up a room and brightening a day. This Valentine’s Day, consider giving your workspace a makeover. Clean up the clutter and organize your papers. Tons of research suggests that having a clean workspace will increase your productivity. Also think about adding some new photos of family and friends. This will help get you through those long days and boring meetings!
Just like in any relationship, your career is all about learning, growing and becoming a better person. This Valentine’s Day, dust off some of your old moves and rekindle the romance with your career!
Candy- It’s all about the chocolate! American’s spend about $700 million dollars on chocolate over Valentine’s Day. Why? Because chocolate is sweet. This month at work try to sweeten the pot. Create goals for yourself and reward yourself when you make your marks. Creating goals can foster motivation and give you direction to guide your efforts. We all need a little bit of motivation. If you’re a manager, think about creating an incentive program for your employees. Offering things like extra time off might be the perfect move to boost morale in your office!