Life’s too short to hate your job

Browsing around on Facebook this morning I came across a great post on the Harvard Business Review about the relationship between mentors and mentees. A favorite topic of mine, I read the entire post and took away some great ideas from it, which I’ll talk about in another post.

The author of the post, Whitney Johnson, mentioned a young woman she had recently advised on how to approach a mentor. There was a link to that woman’s post, and I read it. I’m so glad I did, since this is the link that led me to discover DreamChamps, a community that is committed to helping Gen Y job seekers connect with companies who possess exceptional cultures. Their motto is “Life is too short to do work you hate.”

Yeah! Landing on this site and reading their mission statement got me so fired up I decided to blog about it. At 7am. Before the kids were even up. And now that they’re awake, I’m typing as fast as I can before I have to logoff, feed them breakfast and get them off to school.

After I followed them on Twitter and said hello, I headed over to their Facebook Page to see what sorts of things they were talking about there.

This post on their wall caught my attention:

Wondering if company culture actually matters? Think about this.

Your co-workers are your second family. You spend more time with them, than practically anyone else in your life.

Wouldn’t you agree it’s important to like them?

Here’s my response:

“Love this question! Growing up, I got used to hearing the employed people in my life complaining about their jobs, their bosses, their coworkers. Not liking your job seemed to be “the norm,” and I didn’t realize it back then, but I accepted that idea like it was a simple truth: ‘A job is something you do in order to have the opportunity to do (and have) the things you want.’ There was no mention about the need to love the work you do. It was just a job, a way to make money and move up.

“Fortunately, and despite this belief, I had a many great experiences working for IBM and am grateful for my time spent there. But as an entrepreneur, and as a business coach who helps other entrepreneurs be successful on their own terms, I am very focused on aligning how I spend my time with the things that make me happy.

“I’m incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by people I love, respect, admire and rely on as my support in my business. I totally love my job, and my kids know this. I hope I leave behind a new ‘norm’ and belief system for my kids that echoes the DreamChamps motto: ‘Life’s too short to do work you hate.’ I’m teaching them Henry Ford’s philosophy: ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.'”

What sort of work culture are you creating? What’s your relationship to your employees/team members?  Are you considering this as you hire on team members to your company? Make sure you browse around the DreamChamps website so you can include a perspective from the other side of the employer/employee equation as you build your company.

How are you creating projects, work and a company your employees/support team love to be a part of? Or do you feel this is even something worthy of your time and energy to care about? Please share in the comments below.

* Photo courtesy Erno Hannick via Flickr Creative Commons
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