Based on a survey of 5,000 U.S. households, only 45% of those surveyed say they are satisfied with their jobs.
How about you? Are you fulfilled and fruitful in your work? Would your boss, coworkers, spouse and friends say you are happy and productive? Good career advice starts with an objective looks at your job satisfaction. Put a mental check mark beside each descriptor below that applies to you:
Unemployed because …
- Quit, laid off or fired.
- Nearly and newly graduated from college or high school.
- Recently divorced or going back to work after raising children.
- Relocated or relocating and seeking new job.
- Back to work after retirement.
Misemployed because …
- Worried about losing your job.
- Actively disengaged in your job.
- Unengaged, bored and/or in a rut.
- Need or want to work from home.
- Working for a boss behaving badly.
- Just do not like or not good at what you are doing.
- Not enough money – too many hours – maybe both.
- Want to be an independent contractor or maybe own your business.
- Spending too much time “on the road again” either commuting or traveling.
Happily employed, but …
- Successful and prosperous, but lacking a sense of greater purpose, vision and mission.
- Half-way through your life and wondering about the “second half.”
- “You can get all A’s and still flunk life,” according to Walker Percy.
Fulfilled and called …
- Loving Mondays – passionate about the work you do.
- Using God-given abilities, interests, personality and values.
- Living and working with a sense of purpose, mission and fulfillment.
- Hearing and following God’s calling.
Now that you have considered a variety of situations, which words best describe how you feel now …
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