Job Satisfaction?

Job Satisfaction?

Job satisfaction is a very illusive concept. In my personal experience, most people (not all, but most!) would rather spend time on the beach, with their families, with friends, on hobbies etc. than having to spend 8-9 hours of each day at work. I have also found that many people feel very unsatisfied in their jobs. They experience it as meaningless, mundane and leading nowhere!

This is indeed a sad state of affairs! Many companies are making very little effort to engage their employees. In fact, international benchmarks show that only 28% of employees are emotionally committed/employed and passionate about their work. This implies that 72% of employees are either emotionally not committed and undermine the work of others or are generally just seen as moaners and groaners. With up to 75% of a company’s value being tied up in human capital, it always amazes me that companies are not doing all that is possible to engage their employees. Engaged employees believe that that they make a measurable contribution to customer satisfaction, product or service quality and cost effectiveness. Employee retention is also likely to improve when employees are engaged.
 
In other words, being engaged in your job is not only your responsibility, but also the responsibility of the organisation that employees you. If you are in an organisation that makes no effort to engage you, then it is very difficult to enjoy spending a large chunk of your day there! It just takes too many ‘volts’ to be there daily and often affects other aspects of your life as well!
 
However, becoming engaged in your job is also your own individual responsibility. The process of engagement actually starts when you apply for a position. The idea is to actually apply for positions where you can use your natural gifts and talents in combination with your acquired skills, knowledge and abilities. Therefore, when you look for positions on websites like www.techno-jobs.co.za it is important not only to apply for positions that interest you in terms of money and status, but rather to look for a match between job requirements and who you are, and what you are good at. All jobs obviously will contain aspects that are not enjoyable. I for one do not like the administrative side of my position, but I try and spend only 20% of my time on these tasks, while spending 80% of my time on things that I am passionate about and good at! It’s all about the right ratio!
 
When you are engaged in a job that uses your natural talents, where you have the required skills, knowledge and abilities, and where you are appropriately challenged, then you function in a state of ‘flow’. This is often compared to an artist that is so engaged in a painting project that they are unaware of how much time has passed. They very often feel invigorated rather than fatigued, even after spending a long time and lots of energy on the project. Feeling tired and often procrastinating in your job is a good indication that you are most likely not in a job that is meaningful and that uses your natural talents!
 
Remember, any choice related to your career needs to be about whether the choice you make will lead to a better manifestation of selfhood AND whether it will allow you to find the balance that you deserve
 
Work provides a context for human development and an important location in each individual’s life - a place that matters, a place that is meaningful!!