Studies show that career satisfaction is very important. Since we spend the majority of our waking hours at our jobs, how we feel about them and how they affect us can have a great impact on us, and by extension, our loved ones. A recent survey found that only 45% of people are happy with their jobs.
But nobody really likes to work, you say. I mean the term is “job” and not “fun,” correct? Wrong. Yes, it is work, you are obligated to do it, and you get paid for it. But there is no reason why you can’t enjoy it! Would you advise your best friend to spend the majority of their working hours doing something that made them miserable? I didn’t think so. Then why do that to yourself?
How do you know if you are unhappy at your job? If you dread going to work, and the workdays feel too long, and you can’t wait to get out of there — you are unhappy. Now, everyone has a bad day. A bad week, even. But if this is how you are feeling on a consistent basis, then you are not in the right job. And I’ve just named a few of the signs. There are more.
I was just about to quote a study or two linking depression and other mental health symptoms to a bad job. But do I really need to? Most of us want to do meaningful work, feel competent, and gain some satisfaction. If your job isn’t doing this for you, do we really need a study to tell us that you are in the wrong job?
In my next post, I will write about my own personal career transformation and how it has changed my life.
Yours in the Joy of Knowledge,