In a recent interview I granted at Vision 91.9FM Abuja, the host asked me what someone who derives no job satisfaction should do. My response was the person should change his/her attitude towards the job. I got not enough time to explain that in details. In this article, I will be explaining in details what I mean by a change of attitude and will give one other option such a person should take as well as the opportunities and challenges each option presents.
WHY PEOPLE GET NO JOB SATISFACTION
There are many reasons for the lack of job satisfaction but amongst them are: doing a job that does not align with one’s purpose, working just for the pay, doing so much but earning so little, lack of proper job description, abusive working environment, etc. the concern of this article is to share two options on how to get job satisfaction regardless of the circumstances of the job and the attendant opportunities and challenges each option presents.
TWO OPTIONS FOR JOB SATISFACTION
Like I mentioned earlier, one of the options to getting job satisfaction is a change in attitude towards the job. The second option is to quit the job. Let’s look at it in more details.
FIRST OPTION: CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE
Keith Harrell wrote a book and titled it Attitude is Everything. You may not agree with him. But suffice it to say that you cannot control what happens to you but you can control how you respond to what happens to you, and that is an attitude. Austrian Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl and author of Mans Search for Meaning said; “between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
- A change in attitude towards your current job will reflect in many other areas of your life. This includes your relationship with your family, friends, and colleagues.
- A change in your attitude towards your current job will help you grow and open up other opportunities to you.
- A change in your attitude to your work will enable you to understand what your boss goes through to ensure you get paid.
- A change in your attitude will attract better job opportunity to you. This will happen because life would consider you qualified to handle bigger opportunities. This bigger opportunity could be what will bring you ultimate job satisfaction.
- A change in your attitude will enable you to learn the lessons your current job would teach you. This will help you become better at handling situations when you are in a job you get satisfied doing.
- You would have to handle the difficulties every change presents. Change is not an easy thing to do. If it is, everyone would be changing. Someone said the greatest room in life is the room of improvement. Change is the only means of improvement. A change of your attitude is, as a matter of fact, the hardest thing to change but at the same time the best thing to change.
- Your boss or coworkers may think you are pretending but as you persist, they will ultimately see your sincerity.
- You will have to endure the same coworkers, boss, work environment, or low income if that was your issue with the job.
SECOND OPTION: QUIT THE JOB
Quitting the job you do not get job satisfaction doing may be the best option for you as it presents both opportunities and challenges as well.
- You could get a better job but this usually does not happen faster than a change in attitude.
- You could realise it was time you started your business but you may not have learned enough to start your business.
- You will have the time to go scout for another job and luckily get a job you like.
- You would have the time to reflect on your life and your goals.
- You will lose your source of income. This is a difficult thing especially if it’s your only source of income.
- You may not have learned the lessons life wants you to learn by putting you in that position.
- Unless you left peacefully, you may not get a recommendation from your boss or coworkers for other jobs.
As you can see, both options have opportunities and challenges. You are in a better position to decide the option you chose.