Is it a right or a privilege? This is a question that is not asked often enough. Instead, most feel they have the right to do anything. The next time you do anything, ask yourself, “Is it a right or a privilege?”
If you ask any retail banker, she will tell you a customer’s use of a debit card is a privilege, not a right. If you ask any customer, however, he will tell you his use of a debit card is a right, not a privilege.
Not every bank account holder is permitted to have an associated debit card. For those customers who do use a debit card, that privilege can be revoked due to abuse of the account agreement.
Is having a debit card a right or a privilege? It’s a privilege.
Likewise, teenagers believe they have the right to drive as soon as they turn 16. They understand they have to pass a test to get their licenses but they still believe they have the right to drive.
Driving is a privilege, not a right. Parents can revoke that privilege and so can the state. In fact, regardless of how old one might be, the state can always revoke the privilege.
Is driving a right or a privilege? It’s a privilege.
Bob Jones works in a manufacturing plant. His responsibilities working with the machinery fits within his skill set. He is good at his job and enjoys WHAT he does.
Unfortunately, Bob is miserable. Why? Even though he likes what he does, he does not like his work environment. The company owner is immoral, vindictive and derogatory toward his employees. He doesn’t care who he hurts as long as he continues to make money.
Bob has asked his direct supervisor for help. He just wants to perform his duties and help the company run smoothly. Instead, he is forced to do things outside his job description and continually threatened with the prospect of losing his job. He’s forced to endure inappropriate activities from the owner and his co-workers.
Human Resources has been informed of the inappropriate activities and abuse by the owner but they are controlled by the owner. There is nothing HR can do. Bob just has to endure.
Is career enjoyment a right or a privilege? It’s a right.
You have the right to work in a non-hostile environment. Enjoyment, however, comes from one’s frame of mind. It’s a right but each person has to choose to enjoy work.
How is your work environment? Most people work in a non-hostile setting that is in accordance with the law. According to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace study, 70% of Americans describe themselves as disengaged from work.
If career enjoyment is a right, and not a privilege, why are more people not happy? It’s simple. People do not choose to be happy.
If only 30% of the work force enjoy their jobs, odds are that you do not enjoy your job. Is your work environment capable of supporting enjoyment and happiness? Yes, it is. You just don’t choose to take advantage of your right to enjoy your career.
What can you do to take advantage of your right to enjoy your career? Here is a brief list:
1. Decide to be happy
2. Focus on one task you do enjoy
3. Don’t complain
4. Don’t gossip
5. Make others happy
6. Laugh often
7. Smile more
8. Remove yourself from negative situations
9. Don’t associate with negative people
10. Be healthy
11. Be happy at home
Is each of these 11 items a right or a privilege? Each is a right because you control the outcome. There are so many more things you can do to take advantage of your right to enjoy your job. In fact, it’s a privilege to have such a right.
What has been your struggle with enjoying your right to career enjoyment? Leave a comment below and share what has been bad and how you’ve fixed it. If you need help being happy at work, let me know as well. I’m here to help.