How to Enjoy Work


Photo from Unsplash by Lauren Mancke

I think it's important to find work that you enjoy, even if it doesn't pay as much as you like. Obviously it's important to earn enough to live independently and have enough, but studies have shown that there's a certain income that once you exceed it, your emotional happiness doesn't get any better.

Personally I've found that you need to enjoy work and like who you're working for. I've had jobs where I disliked my supervisor. I disagreed with how they treated and managed their employees, and not just me. I also disagreed ethically with them and felt that while not breaking the rules, they were bending them.

As a result, I disliked them and working with them. It made it hard to go to work each day and a relief to go home each night. I was living for the weekend or the time when I could quit.

The Wall Street Journal wrote an article about how Americans don't value flextime at work enough. I read it and completely agreed with it. The jobs I've loved have been the ones where I've felt valued, had a good company culture, had respect, and where I've been able to work from home or switch my hours around to accomplish the same amount of work, just in different hours.

My skills can be done from anywhere with a computer and internet so it can be frustrating when forced to work from an office within office hours all the time. When I had the flu and no sick-time, I wanted to work from home, but it was work at the office or don't work at all. So I worked from the office.

Flex-time and an enjoyable work environment are more important to me than a higher salary. I'd thought up until recently that it's okay to hate your job, it's a job. You just need to do it and do it well and you can do what you want after work and on the weekends. But that's not a great way to live. It makes you dread work, which is a large chunk of your life.

And it's important to have some passion for what you're doing. I haven't found my passion I don't think-unless it's blogging or hiking. I've worked in some pretty boring industries but loved it because I loved what I was doing and who I was working with. So while passion can make a difference, it hasn't yet for me. I haven't had a job I was passionate about, hopefully I'll find one at some point, but for now, I'm going for happy and content.

So as I look for jobs in the future, I'm going to look for ones with a good environment and with flexible work hours. Hopefully I'll be able to find something that is enjoyable and fits those criteria.

Do you have any advice for to finding a good place to work?

Dressing for Work

I've slowly been accumulating the dressy work clothes needed for an office. It took me a while to find a collared blouse that I liked, but I found the most amazing one at The Loft. (They have really great sales fairly often, so signing up for their email list is a good way to get info about those.) This shirt is amazing. I have it in three colors. I've worn it in numerous blog posts such as herehere, and here.

Plaid Skirt for Work

I'm such as fan of full skirts and midi skirts. They work for work, and they're comfortable! Here's a cute one that would be appropriate for work! I'm wearing a full midi skirt in the picture below.

Black and Grey

And trouser pants. Those are a must. Again, The Loft has quite a few pairs. Really quite a bit of my things come from The Loft.

And a blazer is a must have, even if you don't wear it everyday, you should have at least one in your closet, preferable two or three. I've got two from The Loft that I love. Here's a similar one to one of mine that you can see me wearing below.

Interview Time

Finally, a nice pair of comfortable, sensible shoes. Flats will usually work, nice boots will sometimes work, and a pair of black or nude heels will always work. I've been raving about this pair of heels for years. They're amazing. I don't even want to know how many times I've worn them. Here's a picture of me in them for Halloween last year.

What are some of your work essentials?

Maxi Skirt for Work

This is an outfit I wore in college, albeit without the heels, I usually wore it with flats, but I re-purposed it for a day at work. It's very comfy, and still looks pretty professional. A blazer could be added to dress it up more, or different shoes or a scarf could change the look. Maxi Skirt for Work

Maxi Skirt for Work

Shirt: Target (old) It's one of my favorites and I wish I had bought more.

Skirt: Target (old)

Necklace: Target (old) Similar here

Watch: Nordstrom

Shoes: Nordstrom (old) Similar here