5 Ways To Create Greater Satisfaction With Your Current Job
I just read an article in which it was reported that if they had it to do over again, 50 percent of all procurement professionals would choose a different career path. That’s right, 50 PERCENT!
Of course when it comes to having seconds thoughts about your career, procurement professionals are not alone.
The author who provided the above information, then made reference to a January 11th, 2015 Forbes article titled 1 In 4 New Doctors Would Change Careers If They Could Start Over. According to a survey, 25% of new physicians would choose another field if they could. The main reason for their disenchantment centered around their concerns that they may not “have a life” outside of the profession.
This raises an important question . . . who is responsible for your satisfaction in terms of your present position?
Everything Comes From Within
In a January 6th, 2014 post I wrote that happiness is an inside job, and that you “shouldn’t look for happiness – you should create it.”
When it comes to job satisfaction, it is essential to possess this outlook in terms of overcoming the inevitable frustrations and set-backs you will face on a regular basis. Or to put it another way, I can’t control what happens to me but, I can control how I react to what happens to me.
Getting to this stage of positive reaction doesn’t just happen on the fly, or in the heat of the moment. It requires a pre-existing mindset or attitude that is practiced and honed day in, and day out.
In today’s post I will share with you the 5 things you must do to create greater satisfaction with your current job.
Before we get started, I want to warn you that there is a degree of heavy lifting, in that the onus will be on you to ignite that spark of satisfaction. This can be a challenge, especially in situations such as having a bad boss or an unreasonably demanding customer.
But here is the thing, you can’t change the negativity outside of you, by focusing on the other person or circumstances. Doing so is the same as hoping to change a rainy day into a sunny day by complaining about the weather. Bad weather may not be your fault, but you still have to deal with it.
1. Perform Every Duty With Joyful Enthusiasm
This is more than just putting on a happy face, or grinning and bearing it.
It is embracing an attitude of joy and enthusiasm even when executing the most menial of tasks.
For example, I enjoy cooking (although at best I am mediocre) – I hate to clean-up. However, when I look at cleaning-up as part of the whole experience, it not only changes my approach to the job at hand, I actually find ways to do the undesirable job more efficiently.
Now when I am cooking, rather than simply tossing the pan or utensils into the sink and getting to it later, I wash them as I go along. When I am done preparing the meal, I no longer have a mountain of dirty dishes in the sink to deal with.
Taking a more positive outlook to a difficult task (or circumstance) removes the cloud of disenchantment, and provides you with a clear view through which you can find usually better ways of doing things.
2. Approach your Job – Your Entire Job, With A Servant Attitude
There is a world of difference between having a servant as opposed to subservient attitude.
When it comes to working for someone else – which you ultimately do, even if you are self-employed – knowing and living the difference between the two is critical.
Robert K. Greenleaf first coined the phrase “servant leadership” in his 1970 essay The Servant as Leader.
Like the stark contrast between servant and subservient, Greenleaf describes the difference between a servant-first and leader-first mindset. When you adopt the former, “it manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.”
As you ponder Greenleaf’s words, ask yourself the question . . . am I doing my job with a clear understanding of how it benefits others? Very few people take the time to think about the impact their actions have on the career and lives of those with whom they come in contact.
When you incorporate this added filter, you will most likely gain an entirely new perspective on what you do, and why it is important.
I have always liked the Aretha Franklin song, Respect.
More than just being a catchy tune, it speaks to the one thing that everyone seeks and would like to have . . . the respect of others.
I am not talking about the kind of respect that constantly looks for the approval of others as a means of validating one’s worth.
What I am talking about, is a kind of respect in which even those who do not necessarily like you, acknowledge your contribution.
But to get respect, you must first be willing to give respect.
So what does it mean to give respect?
It is more than just saying the right words. You give someone respect through your actions.
If you say you are going to do something, then do it. If you have a meeting scheduled, be there on time and ready to go.
Often, people will not hear what you say, but they will see what you do. If you approach every situation with an attitude of respect – respect for your job, respect for the people with whom you work, respect for the opportunity to be of service to others, then they will respect you. And even if they don’t, you will still have earned the most important form of respect . . . self-respect.
Like respect, diligence is also a self-defining word, the meaning and importance of which is instantly apparent.
Described as being one of the seven heavenly virtues, diligence is a reflection of one’s work ethic.
While you already know the importance of ethics or having ethics, work ethic reflects your belief in the value of putting in a good days work, regardless of what the work entails.
It is a self-sustaining perspective that goes beyond the individual tasks or duties of your position. This means that you execute your responsibilities to the best of your abilities, because the ability to work in and of itself is what you value most.
5. How Do You Spell Trust . . . O-b-e-d-i-e-n-c-e
Obedience is doing more than just blindly following orders, or simply doing what you are told by your boss because they are your boss.
Obedience is founded in trust.
When your boss asks you to do something, do you hesitate? Do you wonder if he or she knows what they are doing? Are you responsive in that you take action immediately – whether it is a suggestion as to how you should make improvements in certain areas, or undertake a particular assignment?
Think of obedience in the context of professional sports.
Here you have well paid athletes who have scaled the highest of heights to be one of a select few in the world to make it to the professional ranks. To get to this position, these athletes understand hard work and diligence, respect for their skills, making their time and physical bodies servant to strict training regiments, and executing on the field with a high level of enthusiasm.
Despite possessing all of these necessary attributes, they still require a coach. Someone who has a master plan that brings together the diverse personalities and unique skill sets of everyone on the team so that they can – in unison, perform successfully.
To be successful, the players must trust the coach and obey his or her directions. If there is a breakdown of trust, then no matter how talented the individual athletes, the team as a whole will not succeed.
Your boss is like the coach. They have the same responsibility in terms of both assessing and managing the individual talents or capabilities of everyone under their charge.
So here is the question . . . do you trust your boss enough to obey them?
If not, ask yourself why, and then try to see if there is a way to build that trust so that you can follow their directions with confidence.
If however you don’t trust your boss, and can’t find a way to do so, then it is probably time to find another team.
In the end, your job satisfaction starts and finishes with you, and the attitude you bring to work with you each and every day.
While following the above 5 ways will not always be easy, they will almost always create a happier you.