Career Advice – Are You a Frog in Hot Water?

Only 55 percent of workers earning more than $50,000, and 45 percent of those earning less than $15,000 per year say they are satisfied with their jobs, according to a survey by The Conference Board.

What’s going on here? This is serious stuff. Those findings ought to set off alarm bells with employers and employees alike.

Job Tip: It’s a proven fact that workers who enjoy their jobs are more productive and successful; therefore, for their employers’ bottom lines benefit. At the same time, employees who find satisfaction in their work earn more, and enjoy better health, both mental and physical.

Career Advice: How do you feel about your job? If you are among the huge number of those who are “unsatisfied” with the path of your career, it’s time to get cracking with an action plan to improve your life on the job. Left uncorrected such a state of mind slowly but surely breeds frustration and ennui, which in turn sap your strength and abilities to build a successful career.

Rate Your Job Satisfaction

The first step is to take inventory of your career goals and where you stand in reaching them. Rate each of the following points on a scale of one to ten. The higher the number the more satisfied you are.

1. The total of your compensation: your paycheck, your benefits including health insurance, savings and retirement and vacation.

2. Your balance between work and time-off.

3. Your workload.

4. Your chances for advancement.

5. Your job itself.

6. Your boss relationships.

7. Your work environment.

Take the total of your ratings and divide the number by seven. Still on the scale of one to ten, how satisfied are you with your career path?

Now, move to step three by answering these questions:

1. What changes can make to raise your satisfaction level to the seven to eight range in your present job?

2. Is the shortfall in your satisfaction score due to external forces that surround your job?

3. Is your dissatisfaction of your own making?

Are You At Fault?

Career Advice: If the problems are of your own making, you must know that they will follow you wherever you go until you make corrections in your own thinking.

If you are not convinced that you can achieve a seven or eight score on your present job it’s time to consider looking elsewhere for career success.

Whatever, you do, if you are not reasonably well satisfied with your life at work take action this day.

Remember the frog. Put him in a pot of cool water and set it over a flame. The frog will frolic about happily as the water goes from cool to warm. He will continue to adapt, swimming about contentedly, even as the water begins to simmer. It is not until the water reaches the boiling point that the frog finally recognizes he is in serious trouble and tries to get out. But by that time, his strength has been sapped and it is too late.

Face the fact, you are the master of your own destiny. The reading on your satisfaction scale is the result of your own efforts.

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