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What best describes the mix of work you do?

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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: What best describes the mix of work you do?

  • I like every bit of my work: 15.18%
  • I like most of my work but dislike a portion: 70.68%
  • I like and dislike my work in equal proportions: 6.7%
  • I dislike most of my work but like some of it: 6.55%
  • I dislike all the work I do: .89%

A generally happy workforce. You spend more time at work than you likely do with your friends and family.  Given that, you’d better enjoy what you do.  We always hear about “work-life balance” but there’s also “work-work balance” – having enough work you enjoy doing to balance out the work you dislike.  If you find yourself out of balance, realign your priorities, look for ways to eliminate unattractive work, and discuss your role with your boss.  If you’re truly miserable, think seriously about finding a new role – life’s to short to be out of balance at work too.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS, author of “Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results” and “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”