Do you spring up in the morning looking forward to another day at work, or do you hit the snooze button at least three times and secretly look forward to scanning the want-ads for a new job?
If your snooze button is getting a work out, you're not alone. A recent Gallup poll found that fifty percent of working Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. Hmmm, that's starting to sound like a familiar divorce statistic.
When I started working right out of college for eight bucks an hour as a customer service rep at America Online I had only one thing in mind: Get a job to pay the bills. I never thought I'd stay for ten years, moving up and around the company with five positions of increasing responsibility and pay.
This was in the 1990s when AOL went from a speck on the internet map to a huge online giant. It was an exciting ride to be sure, but it came with a price. The price was frequent layoffs (I survived six!), constant change (who is my boss now?), and pressure to perform (are these deadlines normal?).
Yet, year after year, I chose to work there! Why? Because with experience I realized there were five keys to my job satisfaction. Like a marriage, some of these were things were dependent upon my behavior and some were directly affected by someone else.
Whenever I started to wonder if this relationship was working for me, I reviewed my Job Satisfaction Checklist. You can use it, too, to determine if your current job is worth keeping or if it's time for a change.
By using this quick checklist and asking yourself these questions, you can start to understand just how satisfied - or dissatisfied - you are with your current job. If found yourself coming up short, like I did in my last position at AOL, only you can determine if it's worth trying to work things out.
No matter what you decided, the important thing is to understand why you are dissatisfied with your current job so that you can take that into account when you are looking for a new one. Or, you can do what I did and use this reflection to start a whole new career!
Tired of seeing so many people weary from jobs they hate, Mary created "6 Steps to Win the Job You Really Want", which draws from her ten years at AOL forging her personal career, hiring hundreds of people, training managers how to interview, and being co-owner of a human resources research and consulting firm.