How many of your friends, family, or colleagues “hate” their jobs?
The sad truth is that the majority of people don’t like working in their current company. They claim to hate their job”. But the truth of the matter is that it’s not their “job” that they hate. The actual work that they do is unlikely to be the reason that they dread going to work each day.
After talking to my team as to why they’ve stayed with AJG Direct, I’ve realised that there are four main reasons why people claim to “hate” their jobs.
At the core of why I started AJG Direct was building a team that loved coming into “work” each day. What I quickly realised was that in order to find great and build a great team, I needed to ensure that my business didn’t fall into any of the traps that my team had experienced in their other roles.
In today’s article, we’re going to look at the real reasons people “hate their jobs” and how to build a business that does the opposite.
The Work Environment
Considering the fact that most of us spend a third or more of our lives at work, the environment that we work in needs to fulfil our basic needs as humans.
We simply weren’t made to spend eight hours of each day in a cubicle, or sitting at a desk.
Think about it like this; evolution is a slow-process. It can take millions of years to change the way a brain operates,or how our organs work. Thanks to technological changes, we no longer need to hunt, we no longer need to forage for berries, nor do we need to constantly adapt to new situations.
So why are most work environments boring, still, and unchanging?
Without new forms of engagement the brain gets bored, shuts down, and we feel lazy and lifeless. This is why we’ve specifically built our office space around fun, sure we work hard, but the office space is always a hub of energy, of excitement, designed to feel like a place that you feel at home in.
Statistics show that a large amount of us spend more time with our colleagues than we do with our family or friends. This would be great, if only our colleagues weren’t constantly engaged in bickering or office politics.
Similarly, traditional corporate life teaches us that we need to look out for ourselves. Instead of building teams,they build toxic environments in which there’s no support, no communication, and no common goal.
I take a lot of inspiration from sports and have seen countless examples of teams that play well together crushing teams full of “superstars” that don’t function well together.
Part of the key philosophy of AJG Direct is that we create an environment of success for all the people that work with the team. From coaching, mentoring, and sharing knowledge with one another, my team and I rely on making sure that everyone on the team is working together toward a single goal; success.
Terrible management is a business killer.Often this is due to a business hiring senior roles from outside the company,expecting the new manager to be able to understand and empathise with what their team needs in order to succeed.
This is obviously bullshit.
Great managers need to understand what his or her team are going through and act accordingly, which is why we’ve set up a clearly defined promotion process in the business. Our managers can quickly react to what your challenges are because they’ve all been in your position.
We only promote those that have proven that they know how to do the job well. This isn’t the kind of company in which the person that’s been there the longest will get the promotion. This isn’t the kind of dreary office in which a promotion is a popularity contest. Our managers have proven to me and the rest of the team that they are qualified to lead through experience and grit.
True leadership isn’t where you tell people what to do, it’s about providing the right environment that allows people to motivate themselves, provide support when necessary and allow you to be the best you that you can be.
No one wants to be a robot mindlessly performing the same tasks day in and day out. Human beings need new stimulus and exciting problems to solve in order to stay motivated and engaged.
By offering a dynamic work environment that’s designed to teach, coach, and develop it’s team members into the best possible version of themselves is seen as a privilege… but it shouldn’t be. It should be the responsibility for every business owner to give the people that work in their team the ability to grow and find their place within their organisation.
There are thousands of jobs out there with“prestigious” companies that turn their teams into mindless shells by forcing them to do boring, dull, and repetitive tasks.
Inspiring my team to tackle problems and learn from their mistakes is one of the reasons I love coming into “work” each day. It’s why part of the core philosophy of my business is creating leaders that embrace new challenges on a daily basis.
The entrepreneurial spirit is built on facing new problems and challenges head-on knowing that you’ll either win or you’ll learn.
What We Can Do About It
By focusing on what makes our team members excited to come to “work” each day, we can build businesses full of motivated and competitive team mates. It’s never the job that people leave it’s everything else that goes into their day-to-day experience that breeds that “Urgh, gotta go to work” mentality. Remember:
- Work Environment: We weren’t built to sit at desks all day. Human beings need movement to operate at peak efficiency
- The Team: We need to work together through coaching, mentoring, and supporting each other if we want to create sustainable businesses
- The Boss: Managers need to have go through what the people they manage have gone through and act out of empathy
- The Repetition: Not presenting your team with new and bigger challenges to tackle leads to poor motivation and even poorer results
If I’ve struck a chord with you and you want to work in a dynamic environment that challenges you and develops you both personally and professionally, we should have a chat.
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