What IS job satisfaction?
July 26, 2013
It would not be too much of a stretch to say that everyone wants job satisfaction – but what does it really mean?
Here are a few thoughts…
You enjoy being at work.
Okay, let’s get something straight – I’m not saying that you’d rather be in the office than soaking up the sun on a tropical beach (if that’s what floats your boat). But, when you actually enjoy being at work, getting to work, and you’re not desperately trying to escape to get home every day, you will know that you enjoy your job.
Being in a job you love means it’s a positive part of your life – it becomes something that motivates you.
You don’t dread tasks you don’t want to do.
When you hate your job you might be awake at night thinking about tomorrow’s jobs on your to-do list, and you’ll probably not be looking forward to the day ahead. When you love your job, you’ll probably still have tasks that aren’t the most fun but you’ll know that you’ve got good stuff ahead once they’re done, so you’re incentivised to roll up your sleeves and get on with them.
You love talking about your company.
So much so, that you would recommend working at your company to your closest friends, because why wouldn’t you? You get so much satisfaction from your company that you want your friends to do so too. You might even find yourself constantly telling people about what you’re up to at work and what the company is doing when you’re nowhere near your office (people might be sick of hearing about it, but you know they’re only jealous) – that’s the passion that comes from job satisfaction.
Meetings are great.
Why wouldn’t you want to be part of the discussions that shape the company you care about? They give you the chance to make your voice heard, and drive important changes and new initiatives.
It’s more about being successful than surviving.
Most people would worry if they lost their job. However, if you love your work then this is probably not at the forefront of your mind – what might be though is that you’re not achieving your potential or making enough of an impact.
(I’m not implying that if you love your job enough you will never lose it – this is about your attitude)
You work with management, not for them.
If you feel respected, valued, and trusted to do a good job, the relationship with your manager should go beyond simply being in a hierarchy – or being constantly reminded who is boss – you’ll be working together with shared goals.
You never clockwatch.
A watched clock never boils, some may say…
If you’re unsatisfied in your job you might be constantly checking the time to count down how long you have until it’s time to go home. On the other hand, if you’re too busy doing great things, you’ll never really notice the time.
Also, if you’re saying to yourself there aren’t enough hours in the day, you want it to be because you wish you had more time to spend on your exciting projects, rather than because you’re stressing about being too busy.
Success means fulfilment, gratification, or pride – not just money.
While I’m a firm believer that you work to live – not the other way around – and more money is not going to burden anyone, money doesn’t buy you happiness. If you go somewhere else for a higher salary and still really miss what you used to do, you’ll know you loved your old job.
Real job satisfaction plays a big part in life satisfaction. After all, you spend a lot of time working, so you want to be sure you’re making the most of it.
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