Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 15th 2014 Contents No one can deny the importance of job satisfaction in our
lives. The fact that we spend a huge amount of our waking
hours at work means job satisfaction will also play a huge
role in our lives.
While you look for the dream career or job that will make
you happy, whatever job you are doing now must significantly
contribute to your happiness. That is the crucial importance
of job satisfaction.
It is true there are elements of work you cannot control.
For example, company policies, who your boss is, your salary
level, your colleagues characters and relationships with them,
and the conditions where you work.
There are steps you can take in order to increase your job
satisfaction level once you know the importance of job sat-
isfaction. How can you do this where you work?
1. Know Thyself
One way to increase job satisfaction is to know yourself.
What are things that motivate you? Sure the company can
do things and implement programs to increase staff motivation
especially the companies that knows the importance of job
satisfaction. But motivation is also from within. It is inside
you, only you know what keeps you awake at night and makes
you jump out of bed in the morning. When you know yourself,
it is easy to increase your own job satisfaction as you will
know what works for you.
2. Keep Challenging Yourself
Work has to be challenging enough but not so overwhelming
that you find it insurmountable. Challenges at an optimum
level keep you going. Perhaps you find that your work is not
challenging anymore. In that case, learn to get more projects
that are challenging now since you know the importance of
job satisfaction in your life.
3. Cross Learn
Make cross learning and increasing your competency at
work a culture you adopt. That means learn other skills that
are only expected from people in other departments. If you
are a sales person, learn to read financial statements. Cross
learning can keep you challenged and will also open
doors previously not an option to you. By knowing
that options are open you become more relaxed and
feel better about yourself. That can increase job sat-
4. Improve Other Areas of Your Lives
I have mentioned that the importance of job sat-
isfaction is its contribution to a significant part of
your happiness because you spend one third of your
day at work. Interestingly, when you are unhappy
with other parts of your live you will also bring it to
work. It is usually easy to blame other parts of your
life on the low level of job satisfaction you have. But
the reverse is also true, if you are unhappy with some parts
of your life, you may just blame it on your job. Analyze yourself,
are there other parts of your life you can improve?
5. Stay Positive
Where have you not heard this before, right? Stay positive.
It s so easy to dish our advice to stay positive. And it is worth
mentioning again. Whenever you feel you aren t very satisfied
with your job, learn to stay positive. There are many things
to be thankful for when you have a job. Remain positive that
things can change for the better. Look forward to good things
like a possible promotion or salary increase or completion
of a project. You may just see your job satisfaction level
6. Know the Role of Work in Your Life
Work means different things to different people. Know the
role of your job in your life. What does it allow you to
do? Pay for the bills? Serve people in the community? Allows
you time to pursue your hobby? Know what is the role of
your job in your life and you will put it in the right context.
That may just raise your job satisfaction level.
7. Work Allows for the Search of Purpose
I like to think that work allows me to search for my sense
of purpose. Not many people are mindful enough to know
what their purpose in this world is. Why not let work become
a medium to allow you to search for that purpose? Imagine
having eight hours a day just doing an exercise that slowly
reveals what you are here in this world to do?
The importance of job satisfaction in contributing to your
happiness in life is obvious. Remember these steps you can
deploy if you want to increase your job satisfaction and also
indirectly towards the happiness in your life.
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