Enjoying Job Satisfaction (Part 3)

by Patrick Liew on October 21, 2011

I once joined a company that was not what you might call a preferred employer.

Prior to joining the company, there were rumours that the company did not have good products.

The leaders did not quite understand the local culture and were posted into the company for only a relatively short term. They did not take a long term perspective of the business.

I was told there were many ‘camps’ in the company. ‘Politicking’ was the rule of the day if I wanted to survive in the company.

While writing this Note, I asked myself, “Why did I join the company?” The only reason I could think of was I wanted to build my career in that industry.

Mostly, because I love a challenge.

I had a great time in the company and I did well too. I used to joke that, ‘In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed is king.’ That’s why I did well.

Let me share some of the things I did in the company.

I made friends with my colleagues. In addition, I also organised leisure and recreational activities – without being paid or told to do so by my bosses.

I like to believe that I brought smiles and laughters to the company.

I even organised evening training sessions for my colleagues. We even had a Saturday morning learning and networking session – even though we were working on a five-day week.

In the process of doing my job, I helped my colleagues with their workload. I was generally known to be a caring and sharing person, always willing to assist my colleagues in developing their career.

I did it without expecting any rewards or recognitions. My bosses subsequently chose to promote me even though there were other more qualified and experienced colleagues.

The best reward was that I made my workplace a fun place, and one where i can achieve job satisfaction.

I ran the extra mile to have a FUNtastic work life.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com

Visit my Inspiration blog at http://liewinspiration.wordpress.com

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we excel and run the extra mile in our jobs regardless of negative work factors?


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