The average person spends a lot of time at work, so has a lot to gain from thinking carefully about how much fulfilment and happiness they gain from their job.
From pay and benefits to job flexibility and work/life balance, there are many factors that come together to create an overall picture of your job satisfaction.
Take our quiz to gain a clearer idea of how you feel about your career at the moment, and where you might be able to make some valuable changes:
There could be a number of reasons why your job isn’t quite perfect. Everything from not having the right work/life balance to feeling like there’s no opportunity to progress can make the daily grind feel like a chore. So what do you do?
If you love your job…
If you’re satisfied with your pay and benefits (which is still the most important factor in overall job satisfaction for many people), and your current position offers good opportunities for ongoing professional development and career progression, what else is there to worry about?
Feeling happy at work and enjoying positive colleague relationships, as well as a good balance between your professional and personal life, are just some of the perks that come with loving your job. Assuming there are no major changes in the near future, just keep doing what you’re doing!
If you lack social fulfillment
You might have plenty of reasons to feel positive about the practical, professional side of your job - most notably your pay and benefits, and opportunities to learn new skills and climb up the career ladder – but something is still missing.
It could be that you’re sacrificing some of the other aspects of your working and home life that make you feel genuinely happy, such as colleague relationships and time spent with friends and family. If you feel your work/life balance is suffering due to your professional commitments, speak to your employer about the possibility of flexible working or how you might be able to manage your workload more efficiently.
If you don’t get paid enough
There are some great incentives to your job. You have good relationships with your fellow employees, plus your role is flexible, allowing you to maintain a good work/life balance.
On the less positive side, you don’t feel you are being fairly rewarded for your work in your pay and benefits. If this is becoming a serious problem, speak to your employer about the possibility of a pay rise. Prepare for the discussion by thinking about why you are an important asset to your employer and why you deserve better pay, or improved benefits.
If you can’t see a career path ahead of you
You may have fallen into the trap so many workers have fallen into before: staying in a job that’s comfortable and familiar, but offers no prospects for professional development. If you are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the lack of opportunities for progression, speak to your manager about it, or look for other opportunities that are better-suited to your ambitions.
If you need a better work/life balance
If you’re unhappy with your work/life balance and the flexibility of your role, it’s worth asking how important these factors are to you. If you have reached the point in your career where you want a more even split between work and home life, flexible working could be the way to achieve it.
More employers are embracing flexibility, so speak to your manager about the options that are available to you. If you still aren’t satisfied, start searching the job market for other roles that could make you happier.
If you just simply hate your job…
Unfortunately, if you’re pretty miserable in your job then it’s time to do something about it. If you don’t feel motivated to go into work, you get no personal or professional satisfaction from your role and the pay and benefits aren’t worth the effort you’re putting in, then you need to speak to your boss as soon as possible about your concerns and look for positive, constructive solutions. They might have been entirely unaware of how you feel and will do everything they can to improve the situation.
If you really see no light at the end of the tunnel, dust off your resume and dedicate all your energy to finding a new job.