By Molly Wood, SPHR, MAOL
Senior HR Consultant
July 13 is National Gruntled Workers day. Many are unfamiliar with the term “gruntled” mostly because it’s made up. In the 1930’s the word was coined as a joke since there is no antonym for “disgruntled”. The point of the day is to call attention to the fact that even though there is a reason that it’s called work and they have to pay us to do it, our jobs are a big part of our overall identity and it’s up to us to derive satisfaction from our occupation.
It’s easy to complain about work. For most of us, employment places restrictions on our time and the fun things we like to do such as going to the beach, hanging out with friends, and heading to Disneyland. But what would we do with ourselves if we didn’t have the structure of our jobs? Besides the obvious monetary value of working, having a job provides a measure of stability in an otherwise chaotic world. There is a place where people expect you to be, and things that you know you are supposed to do.
SDEA is presenting a new seminar, “How to be a Happy Employee” on July 13 from 11:30 – 12:30. In this workshop participants will determine how to make the most of their workplace. While organizational leadership is important, each employee has the power to make or break a work environment. Negative attitudes can be contagious, and 40 hours a week is a long time to be disgruntled. Join us and learn how to approach your job – and your life – with a sense of purpose and gratitude.