Dear Charrise

Question: I’ve been in the same job for 15 years, and at first it was fun and exciting. Now, it is all I can do to drag myself to work every day. I mostly like what I’m doing and the people I work with, but I just wish I could muster up some excitement. Is being bored enough reason to leave this job and find another?

Answer: I believe happiness at work is a central theme for a life well lived. So many of our waking hours are spent at work, and often some of our most significant friendships develop there. For me, it’s a deal-breaker to love it. That said, is there a conversation you could have with your manager about changing things up? Maybe you take on a project that could use your talents, or you go for a promotion. If you can’t find ways to get excited again where you are (and this is ALWAYS your own responsibility) then I think it’s fair to explore other opportunities.

Otherwise, you’ll be in the same place 15 years from now, still bored, and having settled for less than your heart desires. Is that the kind of impact you want to have?

Question: I work in accounting at a successful local business. I love what I do except for one area. I HATE SALESPEOPLE. They are never on time with their expense reports, which are rarely accurate anyway. They seem to try their best to break all the rules. To top it off, they also seem to be having all the fun. Sometimes I start thinking they are doing all this on purpose just to get a rise out of me. What can I do to make them tow the line a little better?

Answer: There are all kinds of people on the planet, and thank goodness for that. If we were all alike, the world would be a very uninteresting place. Good salespeople are rule breakers, and often are not great with the details. That’s what makes them exceptional at bringing in business - their skills are with people rather than numbers or details.

People like you who do accounting work, are the yin to their yang. Your attention to detail is VITAL in support of their success. You make it possible for them to measure their results, and get reimbursed for the costs associated with bringing clients in.

Clients are good for everyone, as it makes everyone’s job possible. You each serve a critical purpose to the success of the company.

Here’s a Tip: The next time a salesperson is standing in front of you, remember that they are human, like you. They have fears, worries, and challenges, like you. They are doing their job, like you. We are always more alike than we are different, in the end. Take a deep breath, slow down and dig deep for patience.

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