It's that time of year again. The time of year when families and friends come together to enjoy the holidays with one another. It's a time to be thankful for what we have and share it with others. This extends to our roles and positions in the IT community as well.
In the IT industry (specifically in North America) there tends to be a “grass is greener on the other side” mentality concerning jobs. It is not uncommon for an IT position to change out every few years. In fact, it almost seems expected.
We should be thankful for what we have and enjoy it. It is a great accomplishment to feel contentment. Perhaps these feelings are because of a military background where loyalty and longevity are expected. To be content and satisfied in what we are doing, knowing we're making a difference, and trusting that the people we work for will take care of us just as much as we take care of them.
In your role as an IT professional you have influence over at least one person if not more. Use that privilege to improve your organization and the people in it. Everybody wins when the work place environment is a relaxed and safe place. Be an influence for the betterment of where you work.
Everyone works for someone, and in that role as an IT professional always strive to do your best and improve yourself and others around you. Building a team can take time, sacrifice, and working through tough situations but in the end is worth it.
Let's not always look to move on, but look how to improve where we are and be thankful for it! And don't forget to enjoy your the "here and now" of your family while you're at it.