How do you define job
satisfaction for yourself?
Perhaps you don't feel as
connected to your work as you used to.
Do you find yourself thinking about the direction that your
career is taking? This is a good time to re-define for
yourself what you need to feel involved and committed again
to your work and your goals.
One of the
strongest motivations is the conviction that what we do
makes a positive difference in our own lives, or the lives of
others. One of the key measures of job satisfaction is the
belief that the work we do is both meaningful to and valued
by our employer.
You are more likely to feel disconnected
from your job and the people with whom you work if you feel
that your contribution is going unrecognized or has little
Our self-esteem is
the way in which we see ourselves: our abilities,
competence, interests, values, goals, and the inner
acceptance of our failures and successes. Burnout occurs
when we realize that our devotion to a project, a career
path, or our employer hasn't had the results we expected, and
we lose our energy and the drive to succeed.
To recognize that
you have unfulfilled needs is a positive step forward in
your growth and progress. Now you can begin asking yourself
what you require to advance in the direction best suited to
your talents and abilities.
What is important
to you? Is it recognition, identification with a shared goal or
cause, respect and loyalty from your superiors, the
opportunity to stretch yourself with new challenges, or work
which allows you more time with your family?
towards your present obstacles will affect the decisions
that you make. How much control and responsibility do you
want to accept for these decisions?
If you have an internal
locus of control then you will accept responsibility for
choosing a new direction in your career.
What does your
intuition tell you about what you need to be happy? Do you
have the opportunity to express who you are and what you
value in your work? What changes do you need to make in your
life to release your creativity and make your greatest
Look at your
present situation. Do you have the resources you need to
work effectively? What is missing? What do you need to
re-kindle interest and involvement in your work?
in your current job likely to bring about the conditions you
want? These and similar questions and the responses they
generate will help you to identify your expectations and
Sometimes you need
to initiate change to maintain a forward momentum. What used
to hold your attention and interest changes over time, and this is a
natural process of personal development.
for you to make the changes you want. This may require you
taking an unfamiliar road, or leaving behind familiar ways
and people. Only you can determine what degree of risk and
change you want to accept to make the progress you desire.
If you approach
this exercise in a straightforward way, certain issues
come to mind that are more important to you than others.
Discuss your feelings and ideas with those people whose
lives may be affected by the decisions you make.
intentions will help dissolve whatever feelings of
frustration you feel with your present situation, and your
view to the future will reveal new and interesting options
to consider and explore.