2010 Career Goal – To Have Career Satisfaction
Career Satisfaction – Is It Real Now?
Having career satisfaction can be challenging, especially during what has likely become one of the most difficult times we have ever experienced in our lifetime. Employers are very concerned about sustaining their businesses.
Employees are also concerned about their own sustainability, but for many it can come at a cost. Career satisfaction is completely achievable though, no matter what your job situation is.
As we enter a new decade, it’s important to recommit ourselves to our careers. Here are four tips to having greater satisfaction at work:
|1||Beef Up Those Work Relationships — review how you can improve and enhance your relationships with customers (both internal and external), your professional network, and your boss. Relationships can be challenging — but by accepting and even forgiving colleagues for any past incidents can help in improving your overall experience at work.|
|2||Become a Lover of Life-Long-Learning — take a fresh look at new things you can learn, both inside and outside the job as part of your professional development. Consider getting further education in an area that you are both passionate about AND that is something you can become gainfully employed in. Consider mentoring newer employees and sharing your knowledge — giving back is a key component to job satisfaction!|
|3||Get Really Clear on What ‘Point B’ Is — this is one of the most important things you can do, especially if you are long overdue for a job change, are under-employed, or have increased responsibilities. Get inspired about what your opportunities are and become clear about what you want, need and value. Knowing where you are going helps during any period of transition, because you will feel more empowered to move forward and take those first steps. Knowing your ‘Point B’ also opens you up to thinking more creatively about accomplishing your goals, what resources you need, and how to prioritize effectively. By focusing on your goal, you become more congruent, knowing where we are going, you understand the benefits. The journey to get there becomes much easier and more enjoyable.|
|4||Find the Humor In it All — it’s easy to get caught up in the seriousness of life. I challenge people to purposely have fun at work — everything doesn’t have to be so formal and ‘uber’ politically correct. For meetings, bring in Nerf guns or insist that people wear slippers, organize a Superbowl pot luck party, heck throwing a football around for a couple of minutes with a colleague or bringing in a golf club and ball to put into a cup can help you and your colleagues alleviate stress.|