Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. — Ephesians 1:3
When you go to work, are you just going through the motions of completing the work day? Are you engaged with your tasks to where you are making positive changes that bring happiness to yourself and are a benefit to the company, customers, clients and workers you interact with? While many people may claim that they consider their work important and are satisfied with their jobs, studies say otherwise.
Gallup recently conducted surveys of employee engagement in 142 countries and only found that 13 percent of employees were engaged with their work while 63 percent were not engaged. Another startling fact is that 24 percent of employees were unsatisfied with their work and were not productive.
How Career Meaning is Lost
Finding a meaning in your career can be difficult even though God has given us the gifts to find our faith and our true selves. Sometimes we lose sight of the footprints placed before us to seek out fulfillment throughout our lives — including in our careers — that matches our spiritual fulfillment with God.
According to Curt Devine, who is a contributor to Relevant magazine, “If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us are not doing exactly what we had once hoped.” There may have been a time when workers first started their careers where they felt fulfillment and satisfaction. In time, those same workers became frustrated by the endless tasks and difficult deadlines where they no longer knew what meaning their career had for them.
Though we have been blessed with all that God has given us through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3), most workers have now turned to the materialistic aspects of working a career that simply provides a paycheck. Regaining that meaning to turn a career into a vocation that recaptures your moral purpose can be found again.
Here are several tips to help you find meaning in your career:
Decide What Truly is Important
Saying that it is important for you to get out of bed and go to work usually won’t be enough to spur you to shape your life in a meaningful way. There must be some type of spark that ignites the mind, body, heart and soul that gives you happiness. So what is truly important for you? You have to figure out what gives your life meaning, and see how those ideals apply to your work, or could be applied to your work, to have a more satisfying career.
Once You Find Your Ideals, Relate Them to Your Work
In addition to finding what is truly important to you and what ideals have meaning to your life, you must take the next step in integrating those ideals into your work tasks. For example, do you find achievement when helping others? If so, you can then shape your career to expand upon that ideal by helping those who need your knowledge and skills. Serve others who need you, and you will find the meaning in your work that can bring happiness and gratitude.
Learn to See Small Achievements as Meaningful Moments
Sometimes you can be so focused on some large, great plan that will shake the world down to its bones that you miss seeing the smaller achievements that have greater meaning in your life. Every moment on this world matters, and every task where you serve others and serve God has meaning — no matter how small that moment may be.
Don’t take for granted those times where you help a fellow coworker complete a deadline or mentor a new employee who is trying to fit into their job role. These instances can allow you to have a greater understanding about your work and how to invest your efforts as well as your time to become the best professional you are able to be for yourself and for others.
Never be Afraid to Seek the Career that Better Captures Your Ideals
Just as life can change, so can your career. You can go through life changes where the fulfillment and meaning you seek may not presently reflect what you do at your job. If you no longer find that you can serve others through your present career, it might be time to evaluate why you are doing the work in the first place.
Finding your purpose again can lead to a happier life, and that might mean a career change where you go back to school to obtain a degree or finish a degree program. Understand what you want and what you seek in your career. Then use your knowledge and skills to get the career that will be satisfying to you.