Our Corporate Life
March 4, 2014   •   Volume 5, Issue 5   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    

End job burnout with 5 simple steps.
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In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Work Happy
Ask Amanda: The new hire is making more than I am for the same job. Help!
♦   Practical Tips: Performance Patterns
Work Happy

Are you as tired as I am of experts recommending that you “find your passion?” I think the concept is oversold—and this is coming from someone who loves her job. It’s unrealistic to think our work should always be fascinating and fulfilling. There are, however, steps you can take to feel good about your job.

Peter Warr, an emeritus professor at the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield, suggests it would be better to think less in terms of passion and the inflated sense of drama that can go with it, and more in terms of job satisfaction or finding meaning in your work.
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Thought to Ponder

Changing context changes experience.

Practical Tips:
Performance Patterns

Find yourself plateauing and aren’t sure why? Take a look at your past performance reviews and search for clues. Most people find themes or patterns in both their “exceeds expectations” and “needs improvement” feedback. During a performance review it’s easy to fixate on criticism and become defensive, make excuses, or blame your reviewer for negative feedback.
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 ask Amanda

I just discovered that the new hire will be making more than I am—and we have the same job. It's just not fair. I've been here 3 years and I am so pissed! How have others dealt with this? P.C., Los Angeles, CA

Amanda Mitchell

Step back and look at the big picture. Your employer is in the business of maximizing profit. That means he is paying you the minimum amount possible that will motivate you to show up and do the job. It’s not about fairness, it’s about profitability.
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