10 Questions to Determine Your Job Satisfaction
It’s funny how a job that one person absolutely hates might be the perfect fit for someone else. Corporate culture, team structure, management styles, compensation, workflow, and a hundred other factors can impact job satisfaction. No one can teach you what to look for in a job because everyone has a unique system and set of standards for evaluating and prioritizing professional needs. However, there are some questions you can ask yourself to determine whether you should stay put in your job or start looking for new opportunities. Here are 10 questions to consider:
- Do I have a clear picture of what is expected of me and how my performance is evaluated on the job?
- Do my employer’s products, mission statement, and processes gel with my own beliefs and priorities?
- Do I have the equipment, resources, and team support to perform at a high level?
- Is the work that I do stimulating and engaging, and am I proud of the work that I deliver?
- Do I feel there are opportunities to grow, learn new skills, and secure positions with increased responsibility with this organization?
- Do I feel that the my employer and my managers value my opinion?
- Do I believe my life would be more meaningful in a different role or working for a different organization?
- Am I confident in the level of job security I have in this role?
- Does the compensation support my needs and provide a solid foundation for my future?
- Do I feel accepted by my colleagues and supervisors, and do I feel like my contributions are valued and appreciated?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau and Statistics, in 2013 (just a couple years after the recession) approximately 2 million Americans were voluntarily leaving their jobs each month, for one reason or another, including lack of recognition from their employers or dissatisfaction with their bosses. Try taking the self-assessment above to help you determine whether it’s time to move on and see if the grass is really is greener on the other side.