Thursday, 3. April 2014
What do you enjoy most about your job?
During a recent MCWT Career Panel event at Oakland University, I was asked this very question. Without any hesitation, I said, “the people.” However, the fact that I didn’t even need to think about my response surprised me and made me consider the exact reasons why I derive job satisfaction from my colleagues.
Emulate…or Not to Emulate
Now don’t get me wrong. We all, at times, experience coworkers that make our lives more difficult. Yet even those situations can help us develop our leadership skills and assess our own opportunities for improvement. Take note of how a person may effectively handle a situation. We can learn a lot by observing those people whose behaviors we want to emulate. Conversely, when those around us exhibit behaviors that are not appropriate, we can take the opportunity to think about whether we also exhibit those behaviors and how to avoid them in the future.
More Heads are Better than One
Throughout my career, I’ve found that after drafting some initial thoughts, there is tremendous value in pulling together a few coworkers to see if my thought process is easily understood. The end result is always better than the initial draft. Not only do I achieve a better outcome, I find that my colleagues appreciate the opportunity to share their insights.
Recently, we completed one of the most difficult projects that I’ve ever encountered in my career. But we went in with a “can do” attitude, and through sheer willpower and effort, we achieved the end result. By showing our commitment and engaging others, we create an atmosphere of dedication that feeds on itself. It’s truly energizing.
Over the past several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to visit my colleagues in Europe and Asia. As we worked through our language and cultural differences, it became apparent that we are more the same than we are different. There is that same internal drive to achieve results and assist each other in being successful. By embracing the unique perspectives that we all bring to the table, we are able to have a much broader view.
Appreciating the differences and value of our colleagues makes the workday all the more enjoyable to me. What do you enjoy most about your job? I’d love to hear what makes your work experience rewarding.
Paulette Ozga is responsible for the Human Resources, Payroll, and Environmental Health & Safety services in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) organization at Chrysler LLC. She serves on the Advisory board for MCWT.