Job satisfaction is genuinely enjoying the work that you do and staying motivated in your work environment so that you do it well. The very reason why I became self-employed was because I was not satisfied at work and so I decided to create my own career. I love my “job” but unfortunately not everyone can admit to loving their jobs and not everyone is ready to start their own businesses.
Why stay in a job you hate then? In the current economic climate it is not so easy to change roles as it once may have been. So even if you are not currently in the job you love then you can love the one you are in. You can appreciate your current role by being open to working on new assignments and projects. By undertaking new projects you can strengthen your skills thus improving your confidence for any future roles that you might go for. It is also important to keep challenging yourself; most of the causes of dissatisfaction stem from boredom and under-utilisation of skills in the workplace. Get busy and keep busy to stay motivated.
Another important aspect of job satisfaction is realising the value you have in your organisation – every employee plays a useful role in an organisation and you are no exception. Even if you are beginning to resent your position or the tasks that you are set on a daily basis it is crucial that you maintain a positive outlook. You are a valuable resource no matter how small you may consider your role to be. Start believing in it and take pride in what you do. It will give you a greater sense of purpose and allow you to do the best job that you can do.
Acknowledging the team that you work with also helps to improve your general outlook to your work – try to keep a healthy and vibrant working relationship with your colleagues it makes all the difference. Though it may not be possible to get on with everyone at work it is possible to create a positive working environment.
Most importantly start to realise your worth as a team player and recognise the skills you are gaining or hope to gain in your current position; this will keep you focused as you climb the career ladder towards a brighter future. Find a relaxing activity that works to keep your stress levels down, e.g. Yoga, lunchtime strolls, even a chat with a colleague about anything outside of work. Also remember to communicate regularly & openly with your manager about work-related issues & successes. Keeping your boss updated on your goals & progress helps you to stay motivated, enthusiastic & focused.
Your happiness at work is paramount and if after all of your best efforts you still cannot enjoy your job do not remain stagnant. Commit to finding your dream job – rejuvenate your resume and get active in your job search.