5 Ways to Increase Work Satisfaction

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Marti Benjamin, MBA, PCC

Certified Career Management Coach | Certified Professional Résumé Writer


When I work with a career coaching client and they find a job they love, it makes me more satisfied with my own work. I often have the privilege of helping talented and delightful people identify the work they would most love to do and plotting a strategy for achieving that goal. It’s the best job in the world for me!

If you’re not feeling as good about your job, here are five ways to increase your personal satisfaction.

  1. What gives you meaning and personal satisfaction? If you don’t take the time to recognize what makes you come alive and feel great about what you’re doing, you’ll end up running in circles, like a dog chasing its tail. This step is necessary for setting direction and goals in your work-life.

As the Cheshire Cat says in Alice in Wonderland, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”

  1. How much control of your time do you want? For some people, flexibility is more important that title or money. If that’s your need, look for the opportunity to build in the flexibility to modify your schedule or to work remotely as needed.

Flexible schedules are not yet the norm for American workers so if you need control of your time, build a strong justification for your manager to allow you to modify your work time.

Be prepared to give up something for the flexibility you want. That something else might be a title, status, money or benefits.

  1. How can learning increase your job satisfaction? Are there new technologies in your field? Is your industry undergoing transition? What’s happening in your local marketplace?

Learning requires you to step out of your comfort zone. Allow yourself to be unsettled for a bit in order to gain greater insight into your work and the environment.

What can your co-workers teach you? Allowing someone else to be the most knowledgeable person in the room can build a strong collegial relationship, which in turn leads to greater happiness in the work place.

  1. What can you teach others? Whether within your own company, a professional group or a community college classroom, when you help others learn what you know, there’s a psychological reward for you.
  1. What’s the point? Why does your employer do what they do? What’s the mission driving the daily work? Who benefits from the product or service and how?

Connecting to the purpose or mission of the company and recognizing how you’re solving a problem for your customers can lead to a greater sense of connection and satisfaction.

Marti Benjamin inspires great work-lives in her career coaching and résumé writing business. Enjoying the best possible job in the world for herself, she guides her clients to find the work that fits them perfectly. Her systems have led clients from fed-up and frustrated to fulfilled in their work-life. www.CareerFromHere.com


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