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What’s important is to be regarded as a
success in your field.
It’s a calling.
If you approach your job
as a calling, you focus on the work itself.
You’re less interested in financial gain or
career advancement, preferring instead to
find a sense of fulfillment from the work
One approach isn’t necessarily better,
and you might find elements of all three
perspectives important. Still, if you’re
unsatisfied with your job, it’s helpful to
reflect on why you work. Think about
what originally drew you to your current
job, and whether it may be a factor in your
lack of job satisfaction. Understanding
what motivates you in your work can help
you reframe your expectations and make
choices to increase your satisfaction.
Consider strategies to
improve job satisfaction
Regardless of why you work, there are
strategies that can help breathe new life
into your job. For example:
Create new challenges.
Take on a
project that can motivate you and give
you a sense of control. Start small, such
as organizing a work-related celebration,
before moving on to larger goals. Working
on something you care about can boost
your confidence and job satisfaction.
Mentor a colleague.
Once you’ve
mastered a job, you may find it too
routine. Helping a new team member
or an intern advance his or her skills
can restore the challenge and the job
satisfaction you desire.
Expand your skills.
If you’re feeling
bored, ask your supervisor about cross-
training. Perhaps you could train for new
or additional tasks. If your company is
Stress mounts when
job satisfaction falls.
Here’s a look at
some of the causes
of job dissatisfaction
and practical
ways to boost job
launching a new project, volunteer for the
Learn from your mistakes.
let setbacks erode your job satisfaction.
When you make a mistake at work, learn
from it and try again. If you receive a less
than stellar appraisal, ask about attending
seminars or taking classes to improve
your performance.
Stay positive.
Use positive thinking to
reframe your thoughts about your job.
When you catch yourself thinking your
job is terrible, stop the thought in its
tracks. Remember, everyone encounters
good days and bad days on the job.
Be grateful.
Gratitude can help you
focus on what’s positive about your job.
Ask yourself, “What am I grateful for at
work today?” If it’s only that you’re having
lunch with a friendly colleague, that’s OK.
Find at least one thing you’re grateful for
and savor it.
Nurture your passion.
If your job
satisfaction has waned, but seeking a
new job isn’t a realistic option, you might
consider your current job as a welcome
paycheck that allows you to focus your
energy on interests outside of work.
Sometimes work is simply a means to
enjoy those things you’re truly passionate
More job satisfaction can
mean less stress
Whether your work is a job, a career or
a calling, you can take steps to restore
meaning to your job. Make the best of
difficult work situations by maintaining a
positive attitude. Be creative as you think
of ways to change your circumstances - or
how you view your circumstances. Doing
so can help you manage your stress and
experience the rewards of your profession.
Do you find yourself dreading the start
of the workweek? Or wishing the current
workday away? Are you no longer
enthusiastic about your job?
In a challenging economy, you may not
feel that you can simply change jobs - but
you might be able to change how you
think about your job to improve your job
Understand the link between
work approach and job
If you’ve gone sour on your job, take some
time to think about what motivates and
inspires you - and how you approach your
work. For example:
It’s a job.
If you approach work as a
job, you focus primarily on the financial
rewards. The nature of the work may hold
little interest for you. What’s important is
the money. If a job with more pay comes
your way, you’ll likely move on.
It’s a career.
If you approach work
as a career, you’re likely interested in
advancement. Your current job may just
be a steppingstone to your ultimate goal.
Jan/Feb 2014