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Even though many of us do not work in our dream jobs, we can still be happy with the jobs we have. Our jobs play an integral role in our lives and they are becoming increasingly demanding. If you are unhappy at work, it is very likely to impact on your overall state of happiness and encroach onto your personal life.
Are you happy at work? If you are unsure on whether or you are job provides enough job satisfaction, ask yourself these 5 important questions and read on to discover how you can improve your quality of life by enjoying what you do:
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1. Do you love what you do? – This is the most straightforward question that you can ask yourself and it is also one of the most difficult to answer. Most of us will have a passion in life and if it is related to your job then it is very likely you love what you do. For example, if you like gardening and you are a landscape gardener then your work matches your passion. Similarly, if your passion is playing video games then becoming a games beta tester for a large games development house would be very suitable for you. Loving your job provides a great source of self-motivation and energy which means working gives you happiness and a lot of enjoyment. If you love what you do, you will not be unhappy at work.
2. Do you sometimes lose track of time while you work? – A very reliable indicator of whether you are happy at work can be assessed by how you feel while you are actually working. If you constantly lose track of time when you are working, this is usually a good sign that you are submerged in your work and that you are enjoying it so much that you are oblivious to everything else around you.
3. Does your job provide a good salary? – In Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs, money ranks very highly as it provides security and is important for survival. It is also a important enabler of all the other things in the pyramid as money can also provide the physiological (food) and social needs (disposable income) of happiness. If you work hard at your job but it does not give enough compensation for your effort then your likeliness to be motivated to carry out the daily tasks will be greatly reduced and every task will feel like a chore.
4. Does your work involve travelling and long hours? – Some people enjoy travelling while others find it very tiring. If your job involves a lot of travelling and you are someone who prefers to work in one place then this may be a source of your unhappiness at work. Travelling is a necessity in some jobs and working long hours and being away from family and friends can take its toll.
5. Do you like your work colleagues? – A good working relationship with colleagues can make a huge difference to job satisfaction. The work that you do may not be very enjoyable but when your friends are working alongside you, they can pick you up when you are having a bad day and make things a little more interesting.
If your responses to these questions mostly negative, then it is very likely that you are unhappy at work. You do not enjoy the duties that your work involves and you may find it tedious and stressful. The solution to this problem is to either find ways to make work more enjoyable such as organizing your day more efficiently, delegating, taking more responsibility and doing more team related tasks. There are many ways you can make work more interesting but if this is not possible, you could hand in your resignation and find another job as a last resort.
On the other hand, if your answers to these questions are overly positive then you are one of the fortunate people who are working in a job that they enjoy. You are likely to want to work in this job and career for the long term as it provides a good standard of living, a sense of fulfilment and your day-to-day duties are stimulating.
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