I have experienced the work environment of startup, large established companies, and NGO sector closely. Interestingly, employees (of course not all of them) at the above mentioned places share a common characteristics – deliver what company wants, and that too with the minimum quality that can be accepted or appreciated.
Let’s see what happens in this situation.
In the pursuit of producing the required minimum quality for the company, you feel pressured and stressed, and you always intend to finish your work somehow. This is primarily because you don’t love what you do. And, you don’t love it because you believe that you are working for a company. Consequently, it gives you a feeling of drudgery, every day.
Now let’s look this situation with a different perspective.
I am assuming that you have joined a company of your interest or at least a company that matches 50% of your interest.
In this situation, it simply means that most (at least half) of the time, you are working on things that you wanted to work on. Further, it means that the tools that you are working on will somehow help you develop or strengthen your skills, which ultimately help you in future – because you chose this job in order to climb a certain ladder. Therefore, every bit of learning at every level is going to help you in future.
So, how about helping yourself on the job? Why not forget the company for a moment? Why do you think that you are working for a company?
If you really think again, you will find that you are working for yourself and, therefore, you should help yourself on the job. Try doing this for a few months, and you may experience an altogether different quality level of your work. You will feel good about it, because you will be targeting your own high quality benchmark, not just the required minimum. This way, you will not only enhance your competency level, but also surpass your peers in terms of performance on work. And, ultimately, your company will automatically benefit from your quality outputs. Once your company benefits, you will be rewarded accordingly.
Therefore, let’s focus on helping yourself, and not the company. Further, this attitude will be with you forever, and you will end up producing great results, no matter where you work and whosoever you work for.
I will not put more thoughts here, rather, I would urge you to experiment this at your workplace and share your thoughts with me. I would be glad to hear from you.