Nearly 52 percent of Americans are unhappy at work, according to a report by The Conference Board, a New York-based nonprofit research group. This is a staggering and sad number because it means that every other person you see at work is unhappy with his or her job!
If you are on the happy side of the fence, this article will help you reinforce the things that got you there. If you are on the unhappy side of the fence, carefully look at these 7 questions to help you improve your job satisfaction. Every 6-9 months I go through my LifeMap and ask a series of questions similar to these to help me chart a path for my work life. At the bottom of this article, we have a PDF to help you reflect on these questions.
Are You Bored Or Feeling Challenged At Work?
The challenge of their work is the number one reason that people say they are happy with what they do. In your current work experience, what do you find the most challenging about your job? The challenge becomes to discover how to experience more of these challenges. If you’re not experiencing challenges that are satisfying, what can you do to change these circumstances in your workplace?
What Is The Cost Of The Hours You Spend On Work?
Many people can work 50-60 hours a week and be perfectly content. This may be you. But consider this before you skim through this paragraph. How much time do you spend getting ready for work, traveling to and from work, and then decompressing? The idea here is to evaluate what the total hours and cost are to your life. Then to determine how to redeem as much of that time as you can.
Does Your Job Fit Your Personal Goals?
When one’s interests and goals align with the work you are doing, being happy with your job becomes much easier. Try this exercise. Make a list of 3 goals you would like to accomplish in the next 1-2 years. After reflecting on this list, think about your job. Can you make connections to the work you are doing with your personal goals?
Can We Talk About Your Boss?
Fortunately, I’ve only had one bad boss in my career so far. But she was a doozy! A bad boss can completely ruin an enjoyable and rewarding job. What’s the story with you and your boss? How well do the two of you connect? Developing a plan to best connect with your supervisor is a major piece of having high job satisfaction.
Who’s Your Good Friend At Work?
How well do you get along with your coworkers? Some of the best work cultures and contexts are filled with coworkers that are friends outside of the job. What are some ways you can connect with your coworkers?
What Are You Providing?
In any work context, every position and task plays a role in the whole. But not everyone sees it this way. Many people struggle to be satisfied with the actual work of their job. How do you see it? Having a perspective that sees your role contributing not only to the whole but beyond the walls of your workplace, goes a long way to bringing job satisfaction. Can you find things in your job that contribute to the greater good of people and humanity?
Are You Growing And Learning At Work?
This question hits home for me. The last thing I want to be at work is in a routine and bored. Not growing or learning. I know not everyone is like this but I have found the most satisfaction in jobs where I am growing and learning. This can come in the form of work challenges or just education needed for the job. Growing and learning lead to greater job satisfaction. How are you growing at work? What are you learning about? Download our PDF worksheet to help you make a plan to improve your job satisfaction.