Are you dissatisfied with your job? There can be lots of reasons why people are unhappy with their job. This can range from disliking their boss or work colleagues, to finding their work schedule inflexible or harsh and not fitting well around their social life or family responsibilities.
If this is the case with you, then it is time to take a step back and really think about what is important in your life with regards to your career goals and objectives. It is a known fact that those people who gain ultimate satisfaction from working their job will progress faster in their career.
Lets take a look at some examples of how to take stock of your life and plan out your career goals that are not only achievable, but will lead you to actually enjoy what you do every day and gain greater satisfaction with your career.
Grow your skills
If you feel like you are stuck in a rut with your job, take a look at any opportunities available for change. If you can grow your skills and embrace change at work, then this may be what you need to achieve better job satisfaction.
You may not like your job very much, but you do like the company that you work for. If this is the case, then check with your human resources department to see if there are any training courses or educational programs being run by the company that you can take up. Set yourself an objective to learn as much as you can from your employer.
By doing so, you will not only be giving yourself something to focus on outside of your normal every day routine, but your bosses will take notice of your actions and willingness to learn new skills. This can open up doors for you internally for other jobs that you may be better suited to and will give you much better career progression.
Increase your salary
The financial aspect of any job is an important one. You may be unhappy because you think you are being underpaid and undervalued at work. You need to set yourself a goal to earn more money. If you have been in your job for a while and consider yourself as a valuable member of your team, then it may be wise to talk to your manager about your concerns. Again, you could make it your objective to make yourself more valuable in the eyes of your employer by taking up in-house training programs, or adding to your skill set by completing useful training outside of work, such becoming a qualified first-aider. All very useful skills to take to your boss to re-negotiate your contract or salary.
A big part of being happy at work is having job satisfaction. It is a known fact that those who are most satisfied with their job are the most productive workers and will be the ones singled out for promotion when the opportunity arises. You need to set a goal to make your job more satisfying.
If you are in a position where you job no longer inspires or interests you, then other than looking for employment elsewhere, you could set yourself an objective to look internally to see if you can make a change to your daily routine. This could involve asking to be moved to another team who work on different projects that you may find more interesting. You could ask your boss if you can take on more responsibilities, such as a supervisory role, handling extra or more complex accounts that require a deeper level of knowledge or skill, or ask to be put on a management training course that will enable you to apply for a different job within the same company.
Gain New Work Experience
You may be worried that now you have settled down and have a family to support that the long-term stability of your job is at risk. Job stability is an important factor of any career goal, so you need to set yourself objectives to make sure that your career path and progression remains stable, even when your job may be at risk.
As an employee, you can have very little influence over the fortunes of the company you work for. With the instability of the economy, there is no guarantee that the company you work for will continue to grow and profit during times of economic uncertainty. Constant changes are needed to be made if a company is to survive these days, and unfortunately that can mean streamlining staff levels and other resources along the way.
If you are able to train or pick up new skills and work experience within your current workplace, then when it comes to the crunch, your boss will be less likely to cut you from the payroll. If you have useful skills that cover different sectors within the company or carry multiple adaptable skills that can be applied in other areas, then as the company streamlines and re-structures its workforce, you may find yourself working a completely different job to the one you started out with.