Job Satisfaction: How To Feel Good About What You Do

Job Satisfaction: How To Feel Good About What You Do

In the Beginning

So it starts when you have either graduated from college, or are about to graduate. You’ve been doing your career research and come across many websites and articles dedicated to the topic of “Job Satisfaction”. Naturally, you ask yourself ‘what is job satisfaction and why is it so important’. Some of these articles are written in an academic style, and it’s hard to make out what they actually mean—in between the quotes from Aristotle, Emerson and Buddha.

Your choice in a job, or a career, can seem like a very daunting task; it feels like you’re cementing your life’s path in an unchangeable way.

But that’s one of the first things to keep in-mind actually; if you find yourself unsatisfied with one job, you can indeed start searching, and find, another one that you think is a better fit.

It might sound silly to elaborate on what job satisfaction means, but there are some aspects of it that one might not conclude on their own. I know it took me some time and a few jobs to get a better feel on what that satisfaction really is.

So what is it?


The Basics of Job Satisfaction

In its simplest form, ‘Job Satisfaction” means you love your job, or the circumstances around it. There are two types of job satisfaction: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic Job Satisfaction means the tasks that make up your job:

Extrinsic job satisfaction refers to the factors surrounding the job:

As you’ve learned, nobody leads a perfect life. It’s rare to get both intrinsic and extrinsic job satisfaction. You may love your work, but the pay is low. On the other hand, you may have landed a high paying job, but are only in it for the salary—you want to pay off your student loan debt, and then take the job of your dreams. In either case, you need job satisfaction to get through the day and live a well-adjusted life.

You Need Job Satisfaction

Job Satisfaction is a must; part of living a balanced life. When you were a student, you could get through the tough courses, or hard times by making the best of it. There were other aspects that made you happy, and that made the struggle easier.

If you hate your job, and let the hatred fester, it grows into a huge problem. Negative emotions spread like a virus or infection—contaminating your job and co-workers. Stress has a way of spilling over into your entire life-you’ll be fighting with lovers and friends, drinking or eating too much. Eventually it could cost you to lose your job. Job Satisfaction can help you make the best of things.

How to Get Job Satisfaction

The first step is to know yourself. Self-knowledge requires ruthless self-assessment. If you select a job, or focus on a job hunt that is beyond your capabilities, you won’t have job satisfaction and in the long run, you probably won’t have a job.

Help Me: I hate my job.

You don’t need advice about job satisfaction if you love every aspect of your job. You do need help if you hate the job. Don’t quit, or brood about the job until you become known as the office malcontent. Those are the first people cut when the manager has to lay off workers. There are a few things you can do to improve the situation.

When Life Gives You Lemons

It’s your first job out of college, and you’re struggling to master the job, and fit into the office. There are times when you’d love to quit. On the other hand, this job could be the best way to pay off much of that student loan debt. You are the only one who can decide if it is better to stay put, learn the job and make the best of it. Here are a few coping mechanisms.

Develop a Sense of Purpose

Try to see some meaning in your job. If you just live from pay check to paycheck, you won’t get much fulfillment from your work. On the other hand, if you do your job with resolve and persistence, it leads to having work/life balance.

The Tao of Job Satisfaction

Job Satisfaction is like finding enlightenment. You have to take inventory of your character-the strengths and weaknesses. Then, you apply that knowledge to the workplace. This is a fluid concept: it can be adapted to meet the circumstances and your needs.

You may not like your job, but you can still take satisfaction in the work you do. For one thing, it’s going to ease your negative emotions, and give you positive energy. A good manager will notice your positive energy as quickly as they notice negative energy and performance. If you do routine work with a positive attitude, good things will happen:

If you cling to a negative viewpoint, there is a good chance that

Life is complicated, and your job may not fit into any one category. Remember, that you are dealing with human beings who bring their own emotional issues into the office. A positive outlook, one that goes hand in hand with job satisfaction, will help you navigate through the obstacles.


Real Solutions

Your co-workers and manager are a part of the job satisfaction picture. Don’t count on them all being good, trustworthy people. They are people, and people have quirks. Most people bring their emotional baggage to the office, and don’t hesitate to unload it on co-workers. Spotting those people, and learning to work around them will help you get fulfillment. (It’s like driving around a pot hole, rather than hitting it).

Here are a few tips

If you follow these rules, you will stay out of trouble, and that is a measure of job satisfaction. Unless you are a lunatic, you won’t experience job satisfaction if you are in hot water. Keeping things comfortable is necessary if you want to be happy at your job.

Evolution or Revolution?

This is your first post collegiate job, and you are not all that thrilled with it. The question becomes should you continue, or look for another job? You have to get at the root of your discontent, and then decide what to do. It’s not like college, where you can drop a class, or take an incomplete if you don’t like it. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Although you don’t realize it, job satisfaction is part of your life journey. Buddha once said that a person’s work was to discover their work, and do it as well as possible. In other words, it builds character—an old fashioned concept but a valuable one. You’ve heard of the phrase ‘work/life balance’? You don’t get that balance without job satisfaction. Fulfillment at work leads to fulfillment outside of work, just as unhappiness at home is going to affect your job performance. Living a balanced life requires that you keep things in balance.