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Steve M. Cohen, Ed.D., CMC
Steve M. Cohen Ed.D., C.M.C

Memo to employees: Are you taking your job for granted?

Actions say a lot about how much you care about your job.

Nobody has to tell anybody that the recession has created a new reality. Employers aren't hiring very many people and people that have jobs are very concerned, for the most part, about keeping their jobs.

A job is like an un-restored Stradivarius violin-at first glance, it might appear like a busted, worn out fiddle, but in reality such an instrument is worth over $1 million. As for your job, some days it looks and feels like a busted fiddle, but in reality, it truly is of great value.

When you work at the same company or position for a long time, particularly if your tasks seem rote, there's always a tendency to take your situation for granted. Don't.

Here are 4 common signs that you (or your boss or your co-workers) are taking the job for granted...and what those actions inadvertently say to others:
1. Tardiness... "It really doesn't matter to me who has to wait."
2. Not Responding to Emails... "I'm just not that into working here."
3. Outdated Voice Mail Greeting... "I don't care anymore."
4. Constant complaining... "I don't need this job."

Though you may feel your job is akin to playing the same tune on the same old instrument, there's always a new way to appreciate the music that emanates. When you find yourself feeling restless or unfulfilled, try to focus on the positive aspects of your job. Take a new look at the job and search for creative ways to contribute or to support others you work with. In a difficult economy, having a job and the financial and emotional stability it provides-including other perks such as health insurance or other benefits-is a safety net that allows you to cope with and handle many other challenges of life.

About the Author
Steve M. Cohen, Ed.D., CMC

Steve M. Cohen, Ed.D., C.M.C., is the president of Labor Management Advisory Group and HR Solutions: On-Call, and the author of Mess Management: Lessons From a Corporate Hit Man.

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