November is the month of Thanksgiving, and many people use it as a month to express gratitude and count their blessings. Often in counting blessings, though, we forget to be thankful for our jobs. We focus on family, friends, experiences and even possessions.
But have you remembered lately to be thankful for your job? Our jobs—and our professional relationships–are a major part of our lives. Some of it has been good, and some of it—not so much. But if there’s not at least a little to be thankful for in your job, it might be time for some re-evaluation.
Let’s review some of the reasons to be thankful for your job.
It may not be as much as you’d like or always in the way you’d want it, but your job provides you with the means to provide for yourself and your family if you have one. For most people, having a job that provides a steady income is definitely something to be thankful for.
Jobs are all about opportunity. There’s the opportunity to learn new skills, the opportunity to meet people who can help you learn those skills, the opportunity to make a difference—if not in the world, at least in your little corner of it, the opportunity to stretch yourself and the opportunity to reach your potential. Without your job, you likely wouldn’t have nearly the opportunities to do those things—at least not in the same meaningful way.
Whether it’s the relationships you build with your co-workers, your customers, your vendors or your competitors, these are people you would likely never know if it weren’t for your job. They will have an impact on your life and on your career. Some will become fast friends or perhaps even family members. Some will be valued colleagues and customers and others will challenge you. But all these relationships are important and all come as a result of your job.
Most of the skills we gain in our adult life come as a result of things we need to learn to be successful in our jobs. While some of those skills may seem applicable only to the world of work, they are more often than you think transferable to other areas of your life. For example, did you have to learn bookkeeping or cash management principles in an early job? Those skills can translate into budgeting for your personal finances. Computer skills, organizational skills, developing and creating presentations or campaigns can lead to new hobbies, or even a career change. In addition, each job you’ve had has helped you develop skills that have led you to your current position.
These are just a few of the many reasons to be thankful for your job. What about your job makes you thankful? Please share with us in the comments below.
And have a very happy Thanksgiving from Roper Insurance.