On Job Satisfaction: Be More than Just a Quick Quitter

A job hopper – that’s what I used to be.

By this label, I simply mean, not sticking to the same job longer than six months – long enough to develop mastery,  create positive connections with colleagues or enjoy a well-earned promotion.

If you think I’m misusing the term or I’m hardly qualified as a job hopper, just post a comment. 

Now that I sit on the other side – the management – I see why job hopping can be an awful habit that’s hard to break. Also, I’m beginning to understand how job satisfaction can feel like an elusive goal.

This post attempts to convince you that satisfaction at work can be achieved. I hope that these three points can help you perceive your job differently. No, don’t believe what I say, but consider what research says:

  1. Learn to be the architect of your tasks. You will feel a sense of autonomy. You can choose to mope and dread your workload or spend more energy on the aspects of the task you find more gratifying. Identify what part of your job you find most fulfilling and do more of that.
  2. Collaborate with a valued colleague. There are people who are toxic to your soul. Avoid them. However, there are those whom you feel a deep connection with or are just in sync with you, spend more of your free time at work with them. Kinship promotes well-being – it’s not rocket science. Keep your vitamins close and don’t forget your daily dose.
  3. Link your work with something that truly matters. Educators, no matter how underpaid they are, find their vocation meaningful. They know their students will become future doctors, lawyers, teachers, or the president of the country. Having this great sense of purpose makes their job worthwhile despite the meager pay. Training your mind to see the significance of your work makes job satisfaction an attainable goal.

You can read in detail the complete findings here: More Than Job Satisfaction.

Writing this post doesn’t even feel like work.  I know that whoever reads it with an open mind will eventually feel less miserable at their job.

Misery is a terrible companion – you don’t even have to open your mouth to spread it around you. If you try to keep it to yourself, however, you alone will suffer.

That’s nine hours twenty one times a month wasted on unhappiness – valuable time you can never get back.

Set yourself free. Set yourself apart from the pack. Be more than just a quick quitter. Proactively craft the job you can be satisfied with and you’ll hit the goal – in no time.

1 Comment

  1. Most enjoyable, this brought back many happy memories of Tasia et al to whom we were fortunate enough to have been considered friends – all the best are gone!Tom & Jean

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