Believe it or not, we’re halfway through 2022. (That happened rather quickly, didn’t it?)
This is a good time to take stock of your employment situation and also your career. It’s a time to reflect on what has happened during the past six months and contemplate the rest of the year. It’s only human nature to do so.
However, this should not be a “head in the clouds” day-dreaming type of endeavor. It should be taken seriously if you’d like it to have a positive impact on your life, both personally and professionally. (Because they’re not exactly separate—your professional life definitely has an impact on your personal life.)
We’ve addressed the topic of being and feeling comfortable before and how being comfortable and clinging to the status quo can actually be a hindrance to your career. There is a difference between being comfortable and being satisfied. Being comfortable means you don’t have to put forth maximum effort to maintain your employment or the way of life that your employment provides for you.
Being satisfied, on the other hand, is reflective of a feeling of achievement, the knowledge that you’ve accomplished something that you wanted to accomplish. Being comfortable is based in the status quo and basically doing what you’ve always done and staying right where you are. Being satisfied is rooted in achievement and moving forward in the pursuit of greater things.
So the question, as we sit here hallway through the year, is this one: how satisfied are you in your current position and with your current employer?
It’s a valid question, one that many people are asking themselves right now. But how you answer the question is even more important than the simple act of asking it in the first place.
Your beliefs and your feelings shape your attitude about your job and employer. In other words, they affect your satisfaction. In turn, there are six factors that directly affect your beliefs and your feelings . . . which as we’ve pointed out, affect your satisfaction.
Below are the six factors by which you should gauge your job satisfaction before the end of the year:
Is the organization on sound financial footing? Is there the possibility there might be a merger or acquisition? These are valid questions. Even if the economy is good, thing happen outside of your control that can jeopardize your job security.
This has become increasingly important during the last few years. In fact, for some professionals, it’s even more important than starting salary and benefits. Do you work to live . . . or live to work?
#3—Relationship with boss or supervisor
You’re probably heard the expression, “People don’t quit their job; they quit their boss.” By and large, that expression is true.
#4—The level to which your contributions are recognized
If you provide value and contribute to the organization in a positive fashion, how are your contributions recognized? Are they recognized at all? Are you satisfied with that level of recognition?
#5—Compensation and benefits
For many people, this is not #1 on the list. That’s why we have it here. These days, people crave a lot more than just money and benefits. However, it is a consideration and has a place in this analysis.
This has also become increasingly more important in recent years. This includes both how you interact with colleagues and co-workers and what the organization itself does to foster a positive company culture.
What are your beliefs and feelings regarding these six factors? Are you satisfied with all six as they pertain to your current employment situation? Do they prove that you’re merely comfortable and perhaps not truly satisfied?
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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