The number of secrets to a happy life abounds, but one of the most popular is “loving your work” or “doing what you love.” Optometrists are regularly listed as one of the best jobs by the likes of CNN and U.S. News & World Report, and the profession even rounded out the top 10 least stressful jobs in CNN’s 2010 rankings. The fact that job satisfaction among optometrists is high is not surprising to me; optometrists seem to be genuinely happy people.
My profession, technical writer, is also consistently listed among the best jobs to have in America. Like optometrists, I’m sure the job satisfaction for technical writers is based, in large part, on the work environment and the engagement of the individual practitioner. There are good writing jobs, and there are bad ones. I have had writing jobs where work was drudgery and job satisfaction was low. Since I started at Eyefinity six years ago, there is never a day where I dread going to the office. In fact, Eyefinity is the most fast-paced and engaging workplace I have encountered.
One of the aspects I like most about working at Eyefinity is the diversity of the projects in which I am involved. My duties engage me in writing documentation for OfficeMate, ExamWRITER, and AcuityLogic, answering meaningful use questions posed by clients, creating content for officemate.net, and helping manage content for our Twitter, blog, and Facebook social media channels. Eyefinity never sits still, and that keeps my job interesting.
Additionally, I get to work with a group of dedicated and intelligent people, which makes working on projects a stimulating experience. Being surrounded by talented people forces me to step up my game and exceed even my own expectations.
Eyefinity is an environment that embraces my creativity. I feel like my ideas and concerns are taken seriously and my suggestions are welcome. Sometimes, people even ask for ideas and suggestions, which makes me feel like a valued and important part of the company.
Whether I stay with Eyefinity for decades, or move on to another opportunity, I’ll be sure to hold on to the following approaches that I’ve learned and benefited from over my years here:
- Never sit still. You can’t expect to be successful and engage others if your goal is to do the same thing day in and day out. Innovate, create, and stretch beyond your comfort zone.
- Surround yourself with talented people. Don’t be threatened by talent and intelligence. Choose smart people to work with and step up your own game.
- Embrace the creativity in others. Allow everyone to feel like their talents and expertise are appreciated and allow them to share in the glory of the company’s success.
I love my job, and a large part of that is because I work for such a great company.