We recently began exploring what drives people to change jobs. We identified that one of the main reasons is lack of job satisfaction. With recent research claiming that up to 1 in 5 people work in jobs that they are not suited to, it’s easy to understand why people change jobs as often as they do. Unlike previous generations, staying with one employer for an entire career is virtually unheard of. Having the ability to do a job doesn’t mean you’ll be happy to do it day after day. If job satisfaction is one of the key reasons we stay in a job, why does it also help us to thrive, both personally and professionally?
Making a contribution to something bigger, even if only in a small way does result in higher levels of satisfaction. This is because together we can achieve more than what is possible as an individual. Many achievements appear to be an individual effort. If you look closely into what goes on behind the scenes however, individual glory is almost always a team effort. Each team member brings their own strengths and expertise to support the one who publicly receives the accolades. How often do we hear the gold medallist or the academy award winner thank their family, coaches and/or colleagues? They do this in recognition of the contribution made behind the scenes?
The same applies to the workplace. Accolades may not be quite so public, but as we choose to engage with the project, purpose and people around us, it’s possible to find we’re capable of so much more than we had ever imagined. This is because of the energy and expectation of success that surrounds us. I’m sure there are people you know who bring out the best in you, and others who bring out the worst. A work environment can also bring out the best or the worst, in that it can create opportunities for you to either grow or stagnate… which would you rather?
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