When you die today, what do people in your tier 2 social expanse (neighbors, co-commuters, sports club mates, etc.,) call that event as? Today the govt school teacher died, the dentist died, the artist died, the bakery shop owner died, the software engineer died, etc.,
Once we grow up enter jobs, invariably the work we do becomes our identity for the rest of our life. Shouldn’t you be creating this identity with JOY and LOVE?
Let’s statistically see how significant are the work days in our life’s “active years”.
Assume you live for 70 years, and in that first 26 years gets attributed to “growing-up” part and the last 10 years for leading a relaxed retirement. You now have 34 years sandwiched in between!
Total no of days in 34 years is ~ 12410 (34 X 365, conveniently ignoring the leap years).
If we take away the 2 days of the weekend, we are left with 8864 days constituting working days (8864 X 5/7).
Assuming you live in a country like India, which has abundance of public and religious holidays, let’s assume a total of 20 days per year for this and hence you are left with 8184 days to work (8864 – (20 X 34)).
So total work days embody an inevitable 66% of your professional life, which coins your identity.
I am even pleasantly surprised to see this new LinkedIn post, which reflects what even experts like Gary Vee have to say about living a fulfilling work week.
Do we need to suffer from any kind of depression in these ¾ th portion of our active lifetime? Or shouldn’t we be bubbly and overburst with motivation, eagerly looking forward to each working day?
Profession & Qualification Vs Job satisfaction:
Today a lot of people come up with these questions:
- Being an BE graduate, what is the Job Satisfaction I can expect?
- Moving from US to India, what jobs can provide me with great Job Satisfaction?
- What is the Job Satisfaction for an entry level engineer at IBM?
- I am preparing for my IAS exams, what is the Job Satisfaction in the field?
Whatever be your line of work or educational background, do you often face situations where you go totally blank or having hit the wall? Do you feel empty in meetings or staring at the monitor screen often?
The secret to achieving job satisfaction doesn’t stop or rest in securing a particular degree or working in a specific organisation. It’s how you see your work with the right mindset which determines, irrespective of who you are or what you carry with you, the rewarding experience you get from your Job.
Importance of Job Satisfaction:
Corporate world is a rat race where everyone is eagerly waiting to encroach a little space in your’s and move ahead of you. When you see examples of people in your organisation getting sidelined or side tracked within their teams, what do you think their general mood depicts?
You need an ultimate weapon to survive in the long run and make a successful career and loving your job is the most important way by which you can achieve that.
Factors affecting Job Satisfaction:
Our education and exposure can get us security, financial stability, lifestyle, comfort, wealth and in many cases quick fix on marriage!
But, what’s the point in having all this when you are going to cringe every Monday Morning (or Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday) when you get out of bed?
What’s the point in walking like a zombie in a dimly lit office building corridor?
What’s the point in sipping the beer with your best buddies and still thinking about your work or colleagues or boss at the back of your mind?
How Organisation & Leadership improve Job Satisfaction?
Private sector companies do a lot in terms of food passes, game zones, working lounges, transportation, family friendly health and various innovative perks
But does it translate to employees working there eagerly looking forward to Monday Mornings? When was the last time you visited a big Tech park and saw happy faces in those who’ve gathered at cafeterias or lift lobbies?
How many souls could you spot jumping around with joy?
The 4 Golden Rules
So if external elements can’t provide you the answer to Job Satisfaction, then where else can you find the source of it. Here’s the extracts of my upcoming E-Book, where I have put down my own experiences of finding the answers: Some nuggets for the precursor as below:
Full ownership of destiny
Have you been in a situation where you are waiting for people to do a proper hand holding in your new role or spend quality time to train you on the nitty gritties of the business or welcome you to the grove with a supportive and open mind?
What if you only have to face the disappointment when you relied on your colleagues’ or team members’ cooperation (read carefully, I am not talking about support here but cooperation) to push things forward?
Rather, think about a hypothetical scenario where people are not going to cooperate unless their mandate says so. Yet how can we self-mandate our priorities with full ownership and find creative shortcuts to getting things done in the absence of cooperation from others?
Majority of the time we sulk that we are not getting empathetic co-workers who can understand our situation and act accordingly.
When something is not going to happen at all, what is the point in lingering on that? Why not move to the next tangent? Which is fully owning whatever we take up.
How is your performance measured? Have you set any benchmark for others measuring your contribution?
If you are going to let people decide that, then every 1 hour late to work or early to home on a given day, it will automatically become the so called parameter.
In some cases, how fast or late you reply to mails could be a separate metric to gauge how occupied you are.
There’s no end to how people set parameters to judge you.
But have you ever thought about the opposite?, where you set the measures and make it as much intangible as possible, as end of the day the punch-in-punch-out time is not what matters.
Between how many sales calls you made for the week and how did you apply your recently acquired business analytics knowledge to segment your customers and devise differentiated sales promotion to each identified segment; which one do you think is a better reflection of the value you bring to the table?
Elevate yourself to a higher plane of reference that becomes a foundation for the organisation you work for – foundation of a building is not visible to people but decides the strength & longevity of the structure!
Wow – Nobody is watching & you are working for your success
Are you constantly striving to come up with new ideas or respond to messages or do things, only to impress others?
Every attempt to please others or showcase talent will most likely result in disappointment.
When you are under constant urge to prove to others, you’ll be always carrying a huge weight on your shoulders, that will only make your legs saggy and imbalanced.
To become properly grounded in the work, you need to shed the unwanted weight of expecting others to acknowledge you all the time.
If you focus on your work simply by being ignorant of who is watching you, then you attain a state of deep focus and it results in producing magical outcome.
Gradually, people will take notice of the transformation and all that you’ve been yearning for will come to you whether you want it or not!
Your average colleague, his boss and your boss are paid to pursue their selfish desires. You would be searching for right words to describe a critical situation at home and how your wife needs you badly by her side when she is down with fever; right then your boss tells you that the revenue report has to go that evening as the key stakeholders are awaiting the same.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Now 90% of the times, there’s nothing that can’t wait and family takes the priority to focus upon. However, getting into unnecessary debate is not going to make things any better. On the contrary it is only going to make it worse in terms of rupturing the relationship.
The point here is you should be able to assess the situation to be whether it’s the one that’s falling into the 90% or it is that other 10%.
Accordingly, for all those 90% times you should remain silent and let the situation diffuse on its own. The report doesn’t go but in reality nobody even noticed it till they see it the next day.
And by silently ignoring the pressures all this while, the diffusion happened on its own.
People around you at work are going to constantly expect you to dance to their tunes. Their priorities are always going to be thrust on you, between personal choice and showing up for that important client meeting, your boss is going to always prioritise on the latter.
Even if get that leeway to attend to your priorities, your work will continue to flow through whatsapp or email and nobody cares for your personal predicament in those occasions.
But you have to care for yourself. Can you say a Silent No and turn down all such disturbances? Think about it, it’s a profound and very difficult art to cultivate.
The One Ultimate Formula
Have you heard of the phrase “Monday Morning Blues”?
Blues is a term loosely used to denote a mild form of depression or sadness. And as Monday Mornings are right after a relaxed 2 day weekend, the depressed state of mind we feel in the morning time while getting ready for work is often referred to as Monday Morning Blues.
However, for a vast majority of people it is not just Monday Mornings but the effect of depression is through the entire week upto Thursdays, only changing to sudden enthusiasm on Fridays as with the approaching weekend.
Now, is there a single ultimate formula for curing this depression?
Have you ever wondered or been mindful of how differently you feel in two diagonally opposite settings – One in which you are stretched out on a lounger in a great hotel in Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh) and seeing the mountains roll down from all directions; Another in which you are exiting the lift and making your way to the office through the dimly lit corridor on a Monday Morning.
In the former, you are feeling careless about any worrying stuff and just immersed into the nature’s arms.
In the latter though, you are wondering how to tackle the pointed questions in the weekly review meeting, cringing on the latest discussion with the micromanager boss, bogged down by the meaningless politics, etc.,
Now let me introduce a controversial question? Have you noticed that selfish people in your social circle often lead a successful (& happy) life and get what they want?
If the answer is yes, then is being Selfish good?
The ultimate formula lies somewhere in-between the layers of the above question.
I will be revealing the same in my E-Book, to be published shortly on Amazon – Job Satisfaction: How To Easily Conquer Taboos For Career Win [e-book]!.
The Magnificent Outcome
You press the throttle and zoom through the empty road on a Monday Morning at 9.30 AM, in your commute from Home to Office.
How can you zoom through at 9.30 AM on a weekday in any kind of City in India?
Why would the traffic thin down to let you just pass through without obstacles?
You must be wondering I have gone completely insane, right?
Are you finding permanent solutions to complex problem statements in your job?
Are you cracking some landmark solutions of key strategic significance?
Do you see people approaching you or performing the tasks voluntarily, what you’ve been struggling to get done all this while?
Are you seeing a back-to-back flow of good news from totally unexpected corners at work?
Are you now carrying the heaviest cricket bat and hitting all the silly distractions and negativities with it?
Are you getting more receptive to drawing important learning/insights in your day-to-day interactions at work?
Are you noticing a remarkable change in you where you are super clear about what your goals are and how to go about achieving them?
Are you even dreaming? 🙂
If the above things happen to you, then will you call this as true Job Satisfaction?
The Secret Sauce (Routine)
Can you build a routine in your life, which makes you to look up for something new each day and thereby not only keeps you engaged, but also challenges your status quo, pushes you to achieve greater things; and makes you fall in love with your job?
How can you make that routine a part & parcel of your life so that when you wake up each morning, you smile, thank god for another day and gleefully sing in the shower with the thought that in next few minutes you are going to be inside your OFFICE?
On the 16th of April 2018, I asked myself a very simple question. Why have I not cracked the formula to feel totally motivated to go to work everyday in this close to 16 years of my mainstream career?
I winced at my failure to not overcome this so-called Monday Blues, which has been continuously plaguing me in the last decade & half old career.
I then decided to conquer Monday Blues within the next 30 days! (yes what has been successfully sticking with me for so long, am going to shrug it off in next 30 days)
I have decided to walk the path to freedom from Blues, and once I reach the destination I wanted to share the secret formula, from my very own example, to ultimate Job Satisfaction.
Can I turn Monday Blues to Monday Mania?
I have put all my struggles, failed attempts, learning and finally the big triumph; all in – Job Satisfaction: How To Easily Conquer Taboos For Career Win [e-book]!
Awaited to be published by End Of June, but you can book your copy here https://goo.gl/forms/GEqaWyx5d3AZodPr2