“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Mark Twain
I heard two polar-opposite comments related to people and their jobs last week.
First, I heard a crazy statistic on the radio. Eighty percent of employees seriously start to consider looking for another job after ONE bad day at work. 80%. One bad day. Even if we look at this number as inflated, our workforce is ready to run from our organizations. And even if we have the best workplace environment and employee experience, it doesn’t take much for our employees fall victim to “the grass is greener on the other side” syndrome.
Does this fact honestly surprise me? Really no. We live in a world of instant gratification where being uncomfortable or upset can easily be tamed with social media, food delivery from a favorite restaurant, and possibly some alcohol. Or searching Indeed late at night.
Now for the second set of workplace comments. With as much shock as the 80%, two employees in two different industries with different job functions who do not know each other told me, unprompted, that they love their jobs.
You read that correctly. Two people love what they do.
These two folks used words like “amazing” and “fuels the passion in my soul” to describe their positions. How often do you hear one let alone two people tell you this out of nowhere during your week? I have to say it was great being the recipient of such unexpected happiness in the workplace.
In a business environment where workplace longevity is rare, the talent pool is sparse, and employees declaring enthusiasm for their jobs is a make-the-month occurrence for an employer, organizations, employees and job candidates need to remember there are people are there who love their jobs. Do you know one?