What does liking your job look like or feel like?

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Not having a case of the Sunday scaries. Not dreading days and meetings. Feeling accomplished finishing tasks/projects and feeling like you add value and that you have opportunities to continuously learn and grow. Feeling supported by your mgmt and leadership. Do you check any of these boxes?

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I really like my team, so that’s the one box that is checked.

Had a case last year that led to anxiety attacks (early covid times). By comparison, currently on a case with better WLB, and which is nowhere near as triggering... but still finding it hard to feel motivated especially since the day to day is tedious. Conflicted between telling myself that a job doesn’t have to be a burner for you to not like it, and feeling as though I’m just being lazy for not wanting to work. And then there’s the third voice which asks whether wanting to like my job to be motivated in it is idealistic/futile to begin with.

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Let me know when you find out. I've only had it at the beginning of jobs but it fades after 3mo or so.

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this. it always feels brighter on the other side until you’re in it and the reality settles in...

I LOVE my job and I do all I can for the people on our team. We live by, work hard, play hard. I want to create an environment that they brag to their friends about. We are only a total of 9 people but, I added a fitness center, locker room and shower, a pool table, basketball, video games, television and comfortable seating in a break room. I have also found that if you hire adults, and treat them as such, the extras never get abused. Our team has set records every year I have been here.

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I had a job that I wasn’t a huge fan of, but the work life is unparalleled, 9-5, lunch break and coffee trips to super fun shops with colleagues I liked. Too bad the department got outsourced later and I had to find a new role.

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It means waking up in the morning and sort of looking forward to it, being stressed out about problems that need to be solved but not being stressed about the job itself. It’s a great feeling - I had that for almost 10 years at R/GA.

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Working when nobody is looking or expecting you to and doing that work bc you want to, not bc someone pressured you to

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I loved my college job in road construction. Really we were all just kids in our early 20s from poor backgrounds traveling all over the tri-state area making 40-70k a year depending on experience. We'd setup the work area protection on big interstate jobs and stay out of hotel rooms. Food and booze was all paid for and we worked long days and drank like fish afterwards.

It was really fucking dangerous though so I took online CC classes and got out. I'm a CPA now and a supervisor, but I definitely don't have the same level of satisfaction about my job. I also wouldn't care for the travel in construction anymore now that I have a family. Pretty much every guy I worked with stayed in the business and are all managers making a bit more than I do in public, but they travel and work 80 hours a week all summer. I still prefer my path, but someday when I'm working til midnight behind a desk I'm missing the open road and the freedom of the outdoors.

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Feels like fiction.

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For a period, I had a great fit w a startup while direct manager was on maternity leave. I second AD 1. I didn’t have Sunday scaries. I was annoyingly proud and happy of the company and team and to my friends. (They were the ones who heard me lament for months w bad fits.) I was really excited about the work... I always volunteered for more work and I thought up extra projects/proposed changes to our workflow and systems to make us more efficient.

I felt supported and respected. I felt like a smaller owner of the pie even wo equity. My manager came back from maternity leave and we had issues (including that she was not as efficient or responsive as me and the COO felt frustrated. She became insecure and made my life worse.) All of the above went away and I left.

i loved my intern job, maybe because it was an internship. but great family oriented colleagues, challenging work (atleast at the intern level) with recognition, sense of feeling like you contributed and were heard on team. work-life balance and had significant lunch breaks. but again it was more middle office work at a less prestigious firm so i guess it weeded out certain A type/narc/corp d bag types

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