Spending Saturday and Sunday dreading Monday mornings? Cut the morning blues of having to go to work! Aristotle says "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work". We all want good rewards, interesting and challenging work, strong professional relationships but we may not always have it all. Finding out the reasons for your dissatisfaction could be the first step towards resolving it. Is it the tough boss? Unsupportive colleagues? Monotonous work? Or uncomfortable environment? When contentment becomes a way of life, we find silver lining everywhere!
Research says there are 2 major components of job satisfaction:
Extrinsic- These are related to environment variables like Pay, Supportive colleagues, Relationship with the supervisor, etc Intrinsic- These are related to factors like motivation to use your skill set or contribute value to your work. According to SHRM, more than 50% of the respondents had job satisfaction where their ideas were given due value by their supervisors.
Though pay is considered to be the indicator of the job satisfaction, but a survey says that most of the employees would rather want to be recognized by company-wide mail than be recognized by pay.
Job engagement is one factor of job satisfaction, if people do not feel they are using their skill, or are not justifying their job, or are not good at their job they end up feeling dissatisfied. One way on working towards your job satisfaction is to gauge on how your job is contributing to the goals of the company or greater. People who find meaning in their jobs end up being more satisfied.
You may look up at the questions like what made you join this job. What initially interested you in the work? What you aspire to be and how you can use it in your current job. Filling in the gap of why you started something may help you identify factors on which you may want to work for.