The Conference Board's report was released yesterday shares some sad, though unsurprising news: More Americans than ever claim to be dissatisfied with their work. "
The report, based on a survey of 5,000 U.S. households conducted for The Conference Board by TNS, finds only 45 percent of those surveyed say they are satisfied with their jobs, down from 61.1 percent in 1987, the first year in which the survey was conducted." http://www.conference-board.org/utilities/pressDetail.cfm?press_ID=3820>
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"Challenging and meaningful work is vitally important to engaging American workers," adds John Gibbons, program director of employee engagement research and services at The Conference Board.
"If the job satisfaction trend is not reversed, economists say, it could stifle innovation and hurt America's competitiveness and productivity," says Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer
1. You spend the majority of time doing things you don't feel "born to do." In other words, you're spending more energy focused on your non-strengths and its draining you... depleting your energy and your satisfaction factor.
2. You're NOT doing the things you really are "born to do." In your job/career, you do so much of what you're NOT great at, that you don't get the energy, life and satisfaction of utilizing what you ARE great at.
3. You don't see meaning beyond the money in your job. There's no vision or reality that what you're doing is making a positive difference in the world or changing people's lives for the better. "Without vision, people perish." (Proverbs)
4. You work for managers who aren't "born to manage." They too may be in the wrong place doing the wrong things... You experience the effects of their lack of managerial leadership or vision.
5. You're compromising what you really should be doing by doing what you're doing now. So, deep down, you know you should be doing something else and you feel the dis-ease of wondering what's keeping you settling for second best.
6. You're bored. You're doing the same things day in and day out and you're not growing to the next level of growth, impact, leadership, etc..
7. You can't see a better future where you are. Even if you still have a job, you realize things in your company, industry or organization aren't heading up and to the right. You wonder if there's hope for next year.
If that feels "discouraging," and you said "yes" to a bunch of them.... why not let your pain inform you tand encourage you to be be part of a movement to change this statistic.- for you.. to change economies and to change lives.
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