Job Satisfaction Questions to Ask Yourself

In every career there comes a time when you need to ask yourself job satisfaction questions. You may be in a position that is financially satisfying but somehow leaves you unfulfilled. How do you know when to make a change? Here are several key questions to consider when evaluating your happiness on the job.

What motivates you at work?

When answering this question, think about what factors influence your daily performance. If you find that the approaching lunch-hour motivates you to work faster or that you only work hard when your boss is watching, these may be signs of low satisfaction. Of course, there will be days when you’d rather be napping and tasks that are tedious and boring, but at the end of the week, you should feel some sense of accomplishment. Ideally your work should be motivated by achieving a desired outcome; you should find satisfaction in the act of working at least some of the time.

How much time do you spend doing things other than your job?

You’ve been at work for an hour and you’ve sent more text messages to friends than emails to co-workers. You’ve paid your cell phone bill, bought a new jacket, scheduled a hair appointment and made dinner reservations, but haven’t touched the spreadsheets. A sure sign of job dissatisfaction is not doing your job! Perhaps your position is not very demanding and its acceptable to browse the web during slow days. But if it’s the case that you’re constantly putting work off to spend hours shopping on-line, this is a clear indication that your job is not satisfying.

Do you find others are receptive to your ideas and concerns?

The most frustrating scenarios at work can arise from a lack of communication. A receptive and open environment is an important part of productive working conditions. If you are having difficulty with something, you should feel comfortable asking for help. If you have an idea you feel is worth sharing, you should have an opportunity to express yourself. When these mechanisms of communication break down, you may quickly become dissatisfied with your job.

When did you last receive praise for your work?

Not every boss will tell you "job well done." In fact, most people experience the opposite, receiving criticism more often than praise. While it would be nice to have positive encouragement on a daily basis, in reality this just doesn’t happen. Even so, it might be helpful to think back at the last time you heard a compliment on your work from a colleague, customer or supervisor. How much of a difference did that praise make on how you felt about your job? Would you be more satisfied if you received praise more often? Thinking about this carefully can help you determine whether you are really satisfied with your work or only satisfied when it pleases others.

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