Work is something (almost) everyone has to do, so why not enjoy it? If you are going to do something, you might as well pour your heart and soul into it and do it well. Be proud of your work. Being a recent college graduate, I cannot say that I have years of experience in the workplace, but I have thought about work extensively. I think of how to be more efficient, how to build relationships, how to enjoy getting up early, how to be peppy when I am exhausted, how to continue my education, how to create a lasting impact, etcetera, etcetera. My parents taught me to work hard, to invest in the people that surround me, to always give 110%, and to do something that makes me happy, so I have put together a short list of ways to find purpose in your workplace.
Invest in your co-workers. This makes work more enjoyable, productive, builds a support system.
Make a list of the things you are good at, the lives you are impacting, and the reasons you love your job.
Save your money, but allow yourself some spending money to invest in the things you love. It is always nice to treat yourself once in awhile!
Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small.
Set career goals for yourself!
Make sure that your work always aligns with your morals.
Never be afraid to stop learning:
Learn from co-workers
You can always benefit from education
Do something that makes you happy!
Arrive with a positive attitude-- it starts with you. You are in charge of your own happiness, so stay positive, lean on your friends and the people around you, and keep things in perspective (easier said than done).