The Pew Research Center recently reported that half of study respondents rated having a job you enjoy as being extremely important. My son, Bill Epperly, and I have previously outlined five strategies for increasing flexibility at work to express yourself as a way of creating more job enjoyment and satisfaction, but how do you go about making this happen? Let’s say you need to have flexibility regarding when you work or you need to work at home occasionally. How can you determine how much flexibility is possible? Here is a tip on how to find out.
Your relationship with your supervisor is a primary consideration in creating work flexibility. The better the relationship is, the more potential for freedom to be yourself. Your supervisor because of his/her position is likely more attuned than you are to the organization and behavior that is considered acceptable, highly desirable, or off limits. That person is likely to share more with you about the limits of acceptability if the relationship that you have is strong and trusting.
It may be necessary for you to take the first step in strengthening your relationship with your supervisor. Be sensitive to his/her priorities in the work environment and identify ways in which you can support those priorities. Think of work as your joint project with your supervisor and do all you can to further work goals, making his/her work area more successful and less stressful.
As the relationship grows, there will be more time for discussion of changes that would increase your job satisfaction and enjoyment. On the other hand, if you find your supervisor to be completely unresponsive, perhaps it is time to consider another of our five strategies, find a job that is a better fit.