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Job Satisfaction

I was reading this article called “Signs you have a great job … or not”. The following questions are asked.

1. Do I know what’s expected of me at work?

2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?

3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?

4. In the last 7 days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?

5. Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?

6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?

7. At work, do my opinions seem to count?

8. Does the mission/purpose of my company make me feel my job is important?

9. Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?

10. Do I have a best friend at work?

11. In the last six months, has someone at work talked to me about my progress?

12. This last year, have I had opportunities at work to learn and to grow?

…One cautionary note: Your job may not be as wonderful for you as you think if you answer a majority of the 12 questions affirmatively but the few questions that you can’t are among the first six…

…”If you’re not able to use your gifts everyday, you’ll be pretty frustrated,”…

…Of course, job satisfaction isn’t a one-way street with a department either meeting your needs or not. In order to answer the 12 questions honestly, you need to know what it is that makes you tick and not blindly blame your department for any job dissatisfaction…

So it makes me think about how we rate our jobs. Pay & benefits are important to everyone, of course, but how do we know what we are truly looking for in a satisfying job? What is our criteria for a job? Are we realistic about what we want?

In other news, expect me to be using this lot if I ever pick you up from the airport. Thank God.


3 thoughts on “Job Satisfaction

  1. A lot of people look at just money. These questions bring up some important factors in what makes an attractive work environment. Finding a place where one is willing to spend 1/2 or more of the majority of a working day is not easy for some. Others “zone out” and thus are not really dedicated nor are going to go very far.

    An interesting thought posed by a motivational person my last job brought in: “On Sunday night, before you go in to work on Monday morning, are you able to sleep? Do you dread going back to work? If you do, then you need to look at a change.” I wasn’t able to bring that change to my last job; so I became more open to finding another. When the opportunities presented, I took shots. Ironically, someone else wanted me for a job I didn’t think myself qualified.

  2. That cellphone lot is kickin’!

    And thanks for the list, it really got me thinking. What a great way to put a face on what really matters about your job, what’s going to make you truly happy in terms of the work you do. I love how money is completely ignored. Even though it’s important to a degree, it’s already overemphasized enough that I think we can omit it here. πŸ™‚

    Unfortunately I must answer number 3 as a “no/maybe.” This is not because I don’t love my job or do quality work; it’s just because it’s not the only thing I’m best at. πŸ˜‰

  3. Ez: That question about dreading work on Sunday night is a good one! And I am finding that sometimes we underestimate the value we bring to a company or situation.

    George: Yeah, you can make a lot of money and be completely miserable, and vice versa. In the case of this study, money/benefits were omitted because they are important to everyone, and therefore were not a good indicator of job satisfaction.
    And you’re extremely lucky that #3 is the only thing that you answered negatively…and that the reason for that is that you just happen to be good at a lot of things. πŸ˜‰

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