Ray had a long list of things that were wrong with his job. Most of us do. The most important work is never easy and sacrifice can sting.
But as I listened, I was struck by the stark contrast between what was wrong and the deep loyalty to stay that went way past trappings of salary or benefits. So I shared that observation and asked the obvious question:
What do you like most about your job?
My initial question was met with a nervous laugh, a pause, and then…”lots of things.” Then more silence. We let it steep.
A few hours later I got an unsolicited email from him entitled, “A Random List of Things I Like About My Job.”
Some of the items on his list included:
- All the good people
- Meaningful and interesting work
- A company you feel good about telling others about
- Good people despite the craziness that can induce belly laughs
- and concluded… “Did I mention all the good people?”
I couldn’t help but thinking how much happier the world would be if we each sat down to make such a list.
Which got me thinking about our LGL Community.
What Do You Like Most About Your Job?
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” –Willie Nelson
So this Friday, may I suggest an LGL teambuilder?
What if we each picked the top three things we liked about our job and placed them in the comments? In fact, share with your team and your friends, and lets see how many comments we can collect. Then, I’ll create a word cloud and a content analysis of the themes that emerge.
Game on. Even if you’ve never commented before today is your day. Do it!