More often than not, we spend more time at work than with our own families and friends. Have you ever thought about how much your relationship with your career resembles a romantic relationship? Read the five similarities we’ve discovered and let us know if you can relate.
1. The first one doesn’t always work out.
Whether your first break-up happened through a handwritten note passed in study hall, or on AOL instant messenger, we all remember those amateur relationships and how devastating it was when they ended. Looking back you’ve probably learned it was for the best and the same is true for your first job. Very few people marry their high school sweethearts and we’d guess that even less stay at their very first job out of college. Don’t be afraid of change when you outgrow your current situation.
2. You need one that will challenge you to be the best version of yourself.
A relationship can quickly seem stale if your partner is not supportive of your goals, just as your job should foster your growth. Find a career path that is challenging enough to keep you growing.
3. Manage your expectations.
No one can read your mind – not your partner or employer. Open communication and willingness to compromise can lead to an unstoppable team effort.
4. Take a vacation and give yourself space.
Spending 24/7 with a partner can lead you to aggravation and a tendency to be annoyed by things that didn’t bother you before. The same is true with taking a vacation from your job. All work and no play makes for a reduction in productivity. Take some time to recharge and refresh, and I promise your work will improve.
5. If you have the urge to stray, perhaps it is not right for you.
No relationship or job will ever be perfect, but if you spend more time looking for an exit than improving the task at hand, it’s probably time to make a move. Listen to your gut feeling on these decisions.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day, and don’t work too hard.