In the past years, we got some suggestion. pls reference the following tips.
Most of us will work 20, 30, 40 years before retiring and, from time to time, experience work burnout, frustration or even pain. Below are four tips on making work a little more interesting.
1. Bring Your Own Chair
Many jobs these day are deskbound, we spend 10-12 hours a day in the office but the human body is not designed to sit for long hours. Sitting is the new smoking! You probably know some people in your office who are suffering from backache.
To keep our spine healthy, standing up regularly is not sufficient, we need a chair that fits us properly. The office chair is most likely oversized for many of us since it must be big enough to sit the biggest and heaviest person in the office. So I bring my own chair to work. Work is already stressful enough, we don’t need a bad fitting chair to make it worse. The chair below has followed me from Singapore to Shanghai to Hong Kong.
By the same token, you can buy your stationery and keyboard if you feel that the office ones are not to your liking. It will be money well spent.
2. Don’t Resign, Ask for Transfer
Based on the many CVs on Linkedin, I find the average length of each employment to be about three years. Of course, there are people who do the same job with the same company for longer than 20 years but they are as rare as black swans these days. I believe I won’t be too far off if I made the assumption that most people get bored or frustrated with the same job after three years.
Before you get bored and think of quitting for another employer, plan for an internal transfer. Since you have already built some credibility and network within the company, you have a good chance of getting an internal transfer. It will give you the opportunity to develop new skills whereas a job with a totally new employer requires you to use your old skills to prove yourself.
When I was at Citi, every two to three years before I get bored or frustrated, I discussed with my bosses potential next move to a different role or different location. They were very kind to oblige. I worked in three different roles in three cities over eight very interesting years.
3. Incorporate Your Interests Into Your work
I enjoy photography. When working for Citi, I volunteered to be the event photographer for a client offsite and immediately became doubly useful – not only did I teach applications of derivatives at the event, I also took photos of the participants. Next thing I know, respective country sales heads started inviting me to teach derivatives and take pictures at their offsite. It gave me opportunities to travel to holiday destinations like Phuket, Urumqi and Dubai, get to know overseas clients and colleagues, and put my photography skills to good use.
Teaching is my also passion. Without being asked, I often conduct classes to share my knowledge with other departments. I don’t get paid or praise from my bosses but I get a lot of satisfaction from appreciative colleagues.
I have been an Apple fan since 2001. Instead of using Microsoft PowerPoint to present to clients, I used Keynote on my Macbook Pro. The design and animation impressed the clients and made the presentation much more memorable. I am always an early adopter of Apple latest products. When clients asked about those gadgets, it is a great opportunity for me to build rapport with them. (photo below is my WeChat QR code on my Apple Watch, you can scan this using WeChat app to connect with me)
4. Think of Yourself as CEO of Your Own Consulting Company
I sometimes think of myself as the CEO of Eric Sim Consulting Company. I count Stanchart, Citi and ANZ as my ‘customers’, not my ’employers’. I am paid ‘consulting fee’, not ‘salary’. My company has only one employee – Eric Sim.
When rendering the services of Eric to Citi, I constantly looked out for services that Citi needed. When Citi required Eric to cover Thai clients, I immediately sent him for Thai language classes at my own expense. When Citi used Eric’s services in China, I forced him to memorise the Chinese terms for hundreds of financial terms from hedge accounting to cross-currency swaps in a week.
As ‘CEO’, I want to build long term relationship with ‘customers’, so I ask Eric to sometimes accept work not within his job scope such as organising events and cross-selling other departments’ products. It might take him away from his own revenue-generating activities but in the long run, it is good for customer relationship. “Give and take!”, I said to him.
Hope the above four tips can make your work-life more interesting. Enjoy the journey ahead!