Job satisfaction is a very strange concept when you think about it. Our main purpose in going to work is quite simple, isn’t it? We get paid to do a job.
We get up in the morning and we go to work, because in return we earn an amount of money that gives us the life we want to live. Well, okay perhaps not the life we want to live, but at least one that makes us happy and content. I am over simplifying here of course, but in general, this is true of all of us.
I was discussing this the other day with a group of friends while we having a ‘what would you do if you won the lottery’ sort of chat. Someone said that they just couldn’t understand the people who say they would still go to work if they won and we all joined in with the laugh about how we would immediately go off to the Bahamas or somewhere. Then it struck me how common this need to keep working is. In fact, I seem to remember a plumber quite recently winning a huge amount and yet still fixing boilers. That would seem to be at odds with the fact that we do the job to get paid, wouldn’t it? I sort of drifted off thinking about this when suddenly someone asked me the question, if would I still work if I had millions in the bank. Without hesitation, I said “Yes”.
While I am not surprised that I said I would still work, I was rather surprised about how sure I was. Much like the plumber, I would like to feel that I would still work to keep grounded and put the money in perspective. However, if I am being honest, the real reason is that I genuinely enjoy, even love, my work life most of the time.
So clearly, the statement that ‘we get paid to do a job’ isn’t the end of the story and the truth is, it is probably actually just the beginning. A sort of opening line for the story of our careers. For me, the story is about how I work in recruitment because it is where I find job satisfaction. Moreover, it allows me to help others gain job satisfaction and proving good staff for clients has a positive impact on their businesses too. Together we're able to achieve shared goals and in my opinion, this is priceless.
You can measure how happy you are in your job quite easily by asking yourself a few questions. Where we often make the mistake, is that we tend to start with salary as our top priority, but research regularly shows that this is not the case. Notice the subtle difference in the second question below about salary, and you will see why.
So, ask yourself:
• Do I feel as if my job allows me to achieve something?
• Am I paid at a fair rate for my role?
• Am I in control of my career and workload?
• Do my managers value me, and feedback on my performance so that I feel valued?
• Do I understand the goals of my employer and my part in those goals?
If you answered yes to these questions, then the chances are you are in a really rewarding job for you, not for anyone else perhaps, just for you. If not, then you really should look at why you have answered ‘no’ because, when you can answer 'yes', that make us happy and that makes us better workers.
While your story will start with ‘once upon a time, someone went to work to earn money’ if you want it to end with ‘and they lived happily ever after’ then you need to fill the middle of the tale with a satisfying job that works for you.
We are always happy to help, if you think you need a change to something more satisfying than just the money and if you do, please give us a call.