We all have different values and interests that define our lifestyle. We’re constantly evaluating how we want to live and how we spend our days. And given we spend more than 40 hours a week at work, it makes sense to apply those same personal values to our workstyle. As an employee, have you ever taken the time to consider what you want in a boss, what benefits are most important, and what kind of company you’d like to work for?
When you apply for a promotion or a new job, do you consider if it fits your personal workstyle? This may seem like the lower question on a list of curiosities about a new position. I would bet the salary, location, and career advancement questions come first. But if the company culture doesn’t fit into your workstyle, how long can you sustain that position?
Defining Your Workstyle
If you’ve never considered your style of work, ask yourself the following questions:
When are you the most productive? Are you a morning person? Do you cruise through work before lunch? What about your ideal work space? Can you concentrate in an open office?
What do you like about your job? What responsibilities do you enjoy taking care of? What accomplishments do you value?
Describe ideal workplace relationships. Do you want your boss to be hands-on? What kind of relationship do you want with coworkers?
Now consider the opposites of these questions. What type of work environment or management style hinders your productivity? What benefits do you need to feel secure? Flushing out answers to these questions will provide a foundation for your individual workstyle.
Now it’s time to do something valuable with this information. Once you’ve defined your workstyle evaluate your current employment situation. Are you satisfied with your position? Or do you need to make some changes? Of course, hardly anyone is completely satisfied at work, but that doesn’t mean you need to look for a new job. Being aware of what you find valuable makes it easier to make a few changes or tweaks to glean more satisfaction out of your day-to-day responsibilities.
Plus, defining your workstyle puts you in the driver’s seat when interviewing for new positions. Knowing what you value and want in a workplace, a management style, and coworker relationships gives you a pointed list of follow-up questions when an interviewer asks you, “Do you have any questions for me?”
With so much emphasis being placed on wellness in the workplace, we all need to think about our individual workstyles. Determining how we want to work and what we value will not only make us happier, but more engaged and productive. And while it takes time, awareness, and mental fortitude to find answers and implement change, it’s well worth the effort.
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