When an individual is unhappy in their job, a common first reaction is something like "I need to do something else, go back to school, start another career". In my experience, this is the last move one should make before taking such a step as moving into a new direction.
There are many factors that contribute to career satisfaction and success. In this post, I want to share with you the key factors that I have come to realize through my own journey. If you are unhappy in your job, I encourage you to look at each one in depth and find out where your dissatisfaction lies before you make major changes. In addition, I invite you to share your experiences and lessons learned as well so that we all may learn and grow through each others experiences.
As I have come to understand it, the factors that contribute to satisfaction and success can we summed under the groupings listed here. Let's look at these and then I'll go a bit deeper into each one. They are:
- Is the work you're doing aligned with your values, beliefs, mission, and your life's purpose?
- Are your intrinsic motivations being satisfied?
We each have a unique energy and when our work is aligned with our natural inherent strengths, our natural talents and abilities, we find "flow" in our work. For example, some are reserved while others are outgoing, and some are more task focused while others are more people focused. So say we put a very reserved in a role that required very outgoing personality, it leads to tension and on one wins.
Every organization can be divided into some common areas. Major ones include:
- Customer relations
- Customer service
- Human resources
In my experience, when there is dissatisfaction, assuming you are in the right role for you, this is the area where majority of dissatisfaction arises from. Let's look at these.
- Are your values aligned with the values of your organization?
- Do you have confidence and trust in your management and your colleagues?
- Do you feel respected, recognized and rewarded?
- Are you satisfied with your role and that it's a good fit?
- Are you given opportunities for personal growth and development?
- Do you take pride in your organization?
There are 4 types of businesses and each of have their own unique cultures and ways of working. Which type most resonates with you?
- Low Cost: Aim is to be the low cost provider of products and services. Given tight margins, they must be operationally efficient and that's where their focus is.
- Product Innovation: Aim is to stay ahead of the curve in-terms of new product development and therefore they tend to be more entrepreneurial.
- Product Quality: Aim is to continuously improve the quality of it's products rather then develop new ones as in product innovation.
- Service: Aim is to provide the best possible service, both to internal and external customers.
Therefore, before you embark on any major changes, review first each of these factors to find the source of your dissatisfaction and then see where you can work to make improvements that will contribute to overall increased satisfaction for you. If you are considering potential careers, give each of there factors careful consideration for in the end, it's not just what you do but also about the many factors that are presented above.
I wish you the very best on your journey!