Is it YOU, or your job?
We’ve all met people who just loved their jobs, no matter what they were doing…and people who hated everything about their jobs. So it job happiness/satisfaction a result of personality or natural disposition? Or maybe just good fit of person to job?
It is also tempting to NOT be happy on purpose, so that you purposely don’t over look bad work conditions or settle for stuff that needs to be improved.
Here are 6 characteristics happy workplaces. How many of these does your job promote?
- Opportunity for personal control. Jobs where you are able to plan your own schedule and do tasks when it best suits you promote happiness and a feeling of control.
- Jobs with a variety of tasks. It can be hard to do the same thing all day, every day with no variety. Does your job allow you to be flexible and change tasks when one gets to repetitive?
- Supportive Supervisors. How do you feel about your boss? Is your supervisor someone you feel you can go to or do you dread running into him/her during the day?
- Good pay & fringe benefits. Pay is nice, but people are even more appreciative of benefits. I once worked a minimum wage job where my manager made the effort to appreciate me by taking me out for a manicure/pedicure spa date! She didn’t have the ability to raise my wage, but she found another way to appreciate me.
- Clear requirements and information on how to meet them. People like boundaries. Without them we are left feeling unsure and out of control! Solid expectations of what you are supposed to be doing, and how you’re supposed to do it are important (and this was part of the reason why was originally so unhappy in my job….when that was fixed, I felt more comfortable.) Business’ with an overly loose structure and too much flexibility in deadlines are often more likely to produce anxiety for workers be less successful in general!
- Jobs that are challenging and reward work done well. Consider your work environment and ask yourself: In the past year, when have I been given a chance to shine? When were you able to apply your particular strengths to a task and were you rewarded for it? Consider opportunities for you to be challenged and grow. If your work is dynamic, you have opportunity to apply your individual knowledge and you are rewarded for a job well done you are most likely to be happy in your job.
If you look at all of those things and can say, ” Yes, those are present in my workplace/job“, and you still aren’t happy, chances are that it isn’t your job that is making you unhappy.