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Why It’s Important to Stay Hungry & Have Fun

Welcome to the new Staffmark Blog! This blog will give us an opportunity to share industry news and helpful information for employers and employees. For our first post, we’ve invited President and CEO Geno Cutolo to share some career advice, which is especially helpful as we prepare for a fresh start in 2018.

Find your passion! Life is too short to be unhappy at work. 

Unfortunately, some people believe that work isn’t supposed to be enjoyable. In fact, many trudge through the day, desperately waiting for the clock to strike 5pm. 

I often speak about ‘staying hungry and having fun’ when meeting with our Staffmark team. Just as a hungry stomach motivates you to find a good meal (in my case, a New York-style pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, and extra cheese, please), having a hunger for your career motivates you to excel and do your best work.

And don’t forget to have fun.  If you’re not having fun, you probably won’t be able to do your best work.

Because I believe so strongly in the power of ‘staying hungry and having fun,’ I thought we could kick off this new blog by exploring this topic. So let’s dig in!

Understand your impact

Enjoying your job goes beyond personal satisfaction. Happy employees have been shown to be up to 20 percent more effective in the workplace than unhappy employees. This is true for every position within a company, from upper management to finance to HR to production. Every person within an organization is a valuable link in the chain, a chain that can be strengthened or weakened by each individual.

When you are happy and motivated, you inspire your co-workers to do well. Collectively, your work contributes to your company’s success. And this, in turn, impacts not only your own opportunities, but your community – and the world.

It’s a ripple effect. Your happiness impacts others. 

How to create happiness

Motivation, however, doesn’t always come naturally. Like any skill, you need to practice it. Here are three steps that I suggest to renew your zest for your career:

1. Make sure you’re in the right job.

This may seem obvious, but if you aren't in a job that is suited to your strengths and interests, you’ll never be naturally hungry for more. Society may tell us to strive for money and accolades, but none of that guarantees happiness. A good career fit is essential for that hunger that we all crave.

2. Look within.

Analyze your job fit and enthusiasm on a regular basis. When you wake up in the morning, you should be excited to get to work. Sure, you’ll have difficult or stressful periods of time. Fortunately, you have the power to take action. If you aren’t happy in your job, find ways to improve your current situation: work on something you care about to boost your confidence; ask your supervisor about cross-training; or, if your company is launching a new project, volunteer for the team. Seek out ways to keep your work interesting.   

3. Ask for help.

If you have worked to make positive change and still aren’t finding the happiness you crave, maybe it’s time to make a career move: talk with your manager about transitioning to a different department; turn to your network to learn about new opportunities; or, ask a recruiter to help you navigate the job search.

At Staffmark, we have the great honor and privilege of helping others find meaningful work every day. Matching people with the right jobs is life-changing. And we don’t take this responsibility lightly. Every day, I see and hear stories of how we are making a positive impact on the lives we touch. Please contact an office near you if you’d like to see how we can positively impact your career. It’s our goal to change the world one life at a time.

Life is too short to be unhappy at work. Seek out ways to stay hungry and have fun, and you’ll be sure to see the ripple effect in your own life – and in the lives of others.