Are You Happy With Your Job?
Hardly anyone would disagree that the perfect job is something that you love doing, that you’re good at and that pays well, but we aren’t all so lucky all the time. In other words, many of us are or have been in jobs that don’t exactly fit into our idea of a dream job but that could still be satisfying if we know how to make the best of the situation. Here are four things to consider if you want to be more satisfied with your job.
The first thing to do if you’re in a job that you don’t particularly love is get some perspective. Ask yourself how important this job is for you. Maybe it goes with a good salary or maybe it’s the first step toward a great career. Putting things in perspective will remind you why you started on this job in the first place and will likely make it easier to cope with what you don’t like about it.
Second is identifying the aspects of the job that you can’t accept. In that it would be helpful to know that there are five major factors leading to job satisfaction. These are a healthy work environment, clarity, security, proper remuneration and opportunities for career advancement. Although it’s impossible to have control over all five of these, there are certainly things one can do to feel better at work. You could, for instance, approach your manager if you feel you’re not really part of the team to which you have been assigned and ask to be reassigned. In general, being more pro-active rather than keeping things inside is the smartest choice.
Third, try to accept the things that are out of your control until the moment when you’re ready to move on to another, better job. In the meantime, try to make the best of the situation by acquiring new skills and honing old ones, by deepening your experience and expertise in the field even if it’s not the field you really want to work in. You never know what knowledge could come in handy in the future, not to mention that any accomplishments you make on your current job will look good on your resume.
Fourth, if you have no immediate plans to quit your not-so-loved job, find a way to make it meaningful for you personally. Psychologists call this “job crafting”. It involves, for example, changing the way you perform your tasks. Most of us have some degree of freedom when it comes to this, so take advantage of this freedom. Another aspect of job crafting is limiting your contacts with co-workers that you find annoying in some way. Seek instead the company of valued colleagues to compensate for the former.
Fifth, change the way you think about the job. It may not be the dream job but it could be making a difference for someone, that is, someone apart from the bosses, of course.
Being satisfied with your job is part luck and part conscious effort. There is no job so horrible that you couldn’t see anything good about it at all. The least is that jobs pay the bills. Well, if yours doesn’t even do that, and it doesn’t help you acquire any meaningful skills and knowledge, move on, there’s no point in torturing yourself, is there?