Working is about more than groaning at the alarm clock each morning and dragging yourself unenthusiastically to your place of work. In truth we spend such a large percentage of our lives at work we must give serious consideration to the factors that contribute to our job satisfaction.
Take a look at the following list and answer the questions honestly:
- What stimulation do you get from your job?
- Does it add structure to your life?
- How do you value the social contact with your peers?
- Does your level of responsibility challenge you?
- Do you value the status of your current position or are you ambitious for more?
- What is important to you in terms of monetary benefits? i.e.. Car, travel etc?
- Do you enjoy leaving your home to work in a business environment or would you enjoy a home-based position?
- Do you fear the stigma of being unemployed?
- Do you enjoy the social activities that are associated with your job?
- Do you feel secure within your role, competent and confident?
- Can you acknowledge a sense of belonging and of being appreciated?
- What is most important to you in terms of personal and professional happiness?
- What are your career aspirations for the future?
Even the most financially motivated individual faces the realisation that work is about more than a paycheck. There is a sense of fulfilment and stimulation that needs to be part of the working day in order to feel any contentment after a ten or twelve hour grind.
Answer the above questions honestly to gauge where you are in your working life and from there you can develop a strategy for moving forward. This may be a change of career, promotion, further education etc. Whatever your decision you must take time to think it out and ensure that you are realistic in your expectations and their timeline.
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