Here are ways to make the most out of a less-than-perfect job
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Here are ways to make the most out of a less-than-perfect job

If you’ve smacked into a plateau, you’re not alone. According to research published by Gallup last fall, only 40 percent of American workers said they’re in good jobs.

Add the pandemic to the mix, and things have only gotten worse. A poll by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, an independent nonpartisan research institution, in June revealed that only 14 percent of Americans are happy — a five-decade low.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. These authors weigh in on how you can make the most out of a ho-hum role to not only survive, but thrive, even in a so-called dead-end job.

Define joy, find meaning

Carson Tate, author of “Own It. Love It. Make It Work: How To Make Any Job Your Dream Job” (McGraw-Hill Education, out Oct. 6), said employees should identify what they need to be more fulfilled, stimulated and joyful at work. “Change starts with you. But first, you must know what you want,” she said.

In Tate’s research and work with clients, she identified five ways to channel your energy in order to love your job and design it to find meaning in your work:

• Acknowledge and ask for the recognition and appreciation due to you
• Align your strengths and skills to support the accomplishment of your company’s goals
• Organize your work in a way that aligns with your life and the goals of the company
• Develop knowledge and skills that motivate and inspire you and can advance your career
• Cultivate authentic relationships with the team
“You can find your worth in your work through your interactions with other people by being on a team united around a common purpose or expressing common values and beliefs,” said Tate. “Substance can be found in the context or nature of the work, the tasks you perform, the organization’s mission or commitment to the environment, sustainability or community service.”