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How to Find Greater Job Satisfaction

find greater Job satisfaction

How many times have you been talking about work with someone, and they say:”I hate my job”? A lot of people openly admit that they don’t like their jobs and that they would quit if they could afford to. They won’t admit this to their superiors, but they will admit it to just about anyone else who will listen.

Why are they so open about their negative feelings? What do they hope to gain by continually reinforcing their negative thoughts about the activity that pays their bills and puts food on their table?

We all work in one way or another. It’s a big part of what defines us as individuals. When you see someone who is 43 years old and still living off their parents, they might claim that they can’t find a job. But is that really true, or is it more likely that they are just to lazy to get up and look for a job? Letting their parents continue to cover their needs instead of claiming a life of their own is not the path to a satisfying and rewarding life.

I Can’t Get No Job Satisfaction

Why don’t more people enjoy their work? Satisfaction comes from spending the hours of your day in ways that truly fulfill you, and you spend a large portion of your day at work, so job satisfaction is pretty important. Yet, a lot of people seem settle for a job that doesn’t challenge or excite them, because the pay is decent.

Since you are going to spend a large part of your life at work, shouldn’t job satisfaction be just as important as compensation?

Benefits of Job Satisfaction

It’s very important that your job satisfy you in some way. The benefits of job satisfaction are many, here are four that come to mind:

1. Promotes a healthy, balanced lifestyle, keeping stress levels in check.
2. Fosters pride in your work, knowing that you’re creating something of value.
3. Motivates you to get out of bed in the morning with a positive outlook.
4. Gives you something to focus on besides just the money.

So, how do you go about finding a job that gives you a sense of job satisfaction?

How to Find Job Satisfaction

Here are five tips that will contribute to greater job satisfaction for you:

1. People Need You. If you find yourself wondering why you’re even bothering to do this work when no one seems to appreciate what you do, then don’t fret. There’s always someone who relies on you, no matter what type of work you do.

The public need toilet bowl cleaners to keep their toilets fresh. They rely on the trash-men to remove their unwanted garbage. Many people rely on the fast-food trainee to provide them with a quick meal. No matter what job you have, there are always people out there who are relying on you to do your job right. Your work is contributing to the quality of their lives somehow.

So recognize that there are those who need you to do a good job. People depend on you to deliver the goods and to be consistent about it. Please don’t let them down.

2. Plan Out Your Day. Do you ever find that your day disappears as quickly as it arrived because you got bogged down with minor task that seemed like an emergency? These minor distractions can prevent you from tackling the more meaningful projects, which would provide a greater sense of job satisfaction.

What’s the best way to deal with this? Plan out your day. At the end of your shift, decide what major projects you want to make room for tomorrow. What big thing could you tackle that would make a difference for you and your company. Plan out when you’ll tackle this major issue, and then do your best to stick to that plan no matter what minor distractions pop up.

3. Mix It Up. Consistency is a good thing to have at work, but endless monotony can drain your enthusiasm. It drags you down, it makes you tired early in the day, and it kills any motivation you have for the job.

Here’s a splash of cold water in the face: mix it up! Do something different! Step out of your routine and take a fresh look at things. What’s driving you to boredom? Sometimes minor chores can be eliminated or consolidated. Look for ways to inject some variety into your day, even if it’s something as simple as taking a different route to work.

Decide on three things that you could introduce to your work that would mix things up. Don’t be afraid to try something new and creative within the parameters of your job description.

4. Talk With Your Colleagues. It amazes me sometimes how little some people actually know about their work colleagues. There’s ‘Dave’, and ‘Sue’ and ‘Bill’ and Jane’, but go beyond their first names, and there’s a gap. It seems that when asked, we don’t really know much about them at all!

Your colleagues are not robots. They’re other human beings too, and they are trying to make a living, just like you. So treat them as human beings. Get to know them a little better when you have the opportunity. Share your experiences with them, and they’ll realize that it’s OK to talk with each other about something other than work.

The more you know about your colleagues, the more you will be able to relate to them, and the more interesting your job becomes.

5. Take Pride. This work that you spend so many hours a day doing, there’s something personal about it that only you can claim. It was done by you.

Warren Buffett said, “There will never be a greater you, than you.” That make you unique and special. Only you can put your own stamp on the work you do. By taking pride in this work you will experience a greater sense of job satisfaction.

Every day you get a fresh chance to do something great. So do great work, in the way that only you can.

How your sense of  job satisfaction?
Which of these points would increase your job satisfaction?
The lines are open!

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22 Comments

  1. Steve February 18, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the great article. I like what you said about connecting with co-workers, and also mixing it up with the routine. The planning piece is a big one, too.

    Too many people are unhappy with their jobs because they have not taken responsibility for their lives. They need to get to know themselves and take action to create opportunities around their strengths. It’s not easy, but it is possible :)

    • Jonathan June 11, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Steve, glad you liked it! Creating opportunities around our strengths is always good.

  2. Debbie February 18, 2011 Reply

    Great piece of work. I have always thought and actual done, if you don’t like your job get another one. when i was very young I had a job in a factory. It was boring, took no brains to do it, so I got another job i liked. Work is fun if you want to make it fun. Like you say, cleaning a toilet is important. Take pride it what you do and you will find the fun in it.
    Debbie

    • Jonathan June 11, 2014 Reply

      Thanks for the kind words Debbie! Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Jonas February 18, 2011 Reply

    To be honest I’m not quite there yet, even though I’ve tried most tips and tricks out there.

    I will implement your suggestions and give you some feedback how it went.

    Thanks for an inspiring post,

    Jonas

    • Jonathan June 11, 2014 Reply

      Thank YOU Jonas for taking the time to read. I hope I’ve been of some help to you

  4. Marnie February 18, 2011 Reply

    Wow – “talk to your colleagues” really hit home for me. I usually work through lunch, but in the long run, it’d probably be better for me to spend time with other human beings – even if that means I don’t get as much accomplished.

    • Jonathan June 11, 2014 Reply

      Hi Marnie, I see this as two things that are linked; you could talk with your colleagues more, and yet as a result, you could get more accomplished. It’s amazing what can happen once you get talking

  5. Nea February 19, 2011 Reply

    This is a wonderful post and the message is so important for people to hear. I’ve learned that when you’re not necessarily doing what you love, you can find a way to love what you do. We can love our work for so many reasons- including it’s role in the path we’re on to greater things.

    What a wonderful job you did with this post! Awesome!

    • Jonathan June 11, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Nea, I appreciate your kind words very much.

  6. Marty February 19, 2011 Reply

    The satisfaction in my job mainly comes down to my ability to see real results from it. Working in a job that supports vulnerable people (I’m a drugs worker) can give results in their extremes.
    I firmly believe that what I can provide as an individual (I accept that I am a unique person!) makes significant difference.
    The challenges that come about are the outside influences and driving forces that demand statistical results.
    I ultimately get job satisfaction and I’m choosing to accept that I have it despite the challenging influences of others.

    • Jonathan June 11, 2014 Reply

      It sounds like you’ve got your head on straight Marty! Keep doing what you’re doing despite the challenges that will come, and despite the times when it’s tempting to go with the social norm.

  7. Priya February 20, 2011 Reply

    Pretty interesting post and you have hit a topic which I think almost everyone goes with it. Job satisfaction is really important only then you can grow and work is also done with perfection.

    I think in job you’ll find some thing which you don’t like. So it doesn’t mean that you keep changing your job or remain unsatisfied with it, you need to find a way so that you find yourself comfortable & satisfied with your work.

    • Jonathan June 11, 2014 Reply

      That’s what I was after Priya, a topic that everyone can relate to, and that everyone experiences at some point. Thanks for reading

  8. Timo Kiander February 21, 2011 Reply

    Great post!

    It’s so easy to hate your job – instead you should appreciate it. This makes your daily work day so much easier.

    I may not have the most exciting job right now, but it has many benefits – like colleagues (what you also mentioned in your post).

    • Jonathan June 11, 2014 Reply

      Hey Timo, glad you liked the article! You’ve got great colleagues which means your job is more manageable, and it means you get to have more fun

  9. Divakar February 23, 2011 Reply

    Hi Stuart, thank you for these insights. I especially liked “People Need You.” Honestly, many times in my work I get a strong feeling of “My Job is not Important,” but now I have a better way of looking at this.

    Thanks again :)

    • Jonathan June 11, 2014 Reply

      No problem Divakar, just keep at working on why your job is important. It’s important to somebody, or else there’d be no need for it.

  10. Nathaniel February 24, 2011 Reply

    Great points! Love number 1. Always important to remember what you’re doing and how it can help – easy to forget though!

    • Jonathan June 11, 2014 Reply

      It can be, but that’s what constant reminder is there for. Whenever you feel down, give yourself a boost by reminding yourself that your work is important to someone.

  11. Shalini May 11, 2011 Reply

    I have an excellent job in a multinational company. It offers me extremely good salary and I am very much important there. In fact, I love all the attention that I keep getting. All my friends envy me for having such a job. But I seriously think its not at all challenging and no much brain is needed to get the job done. A 10th grade student would be able to do the job. This keeps haunting me and I would want to take up something challenging. But I am not at all sure if something called “Job satisfaction” really exists and I am afraid of ending up in some other job which is less interesting and less paying if I take risk, quit my job and look for a new career.

  12. Sam July 4, 2012 Reply

    I work for a company and to be perfectly honest I am really way over qualified for my job I started my job when I was just starting college and now have finished university and I am now using the same if not less skills than I was before. They could fire me tomorrow and it would make absolutely no difference to the company what so ever, I feel like the only reason they hang on to me is because they pay me about 2/3rds to about half the actual rate I should be getting at my current level of qualification.

    I have thought about changing jobs every day but if I did it means moving 100’s of miles away because there are simply no jobs around where I live which encompasses my skill set, I am considering trying to go self employed I think that would really give me more job satisfaction.

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