When was the last time you truly reflected on whether you love your job?
If the answer wasn’t immediately obvious then read on.
Here are 10 key questions that will show you if you love your job….
- Do you look forward to work?
It seems obvious but looking forward to the thing you wake up for every day is a pretty key indicator of how much you like your job.
When you wake up every day and have a sense of purpose, you are ready to take the day and give it your all. It is an empowering feeling. Do you feel this way more days than you don’t? Do you feel an inward sense of energy and commitment to your vocation?
Repetition creates habits and habits become a part of your unconscious. To stay conscious and present about how work makes you feel is a powerful way to notice when your job is making you happy or when you are outgrowing it.
- Do you believe in your employers’ mission and values?
A wise woman once said never align yourself to a company, job role or salary, but align yourself to a cause, or purpose. What this means is that you need to believe in what your company does. Without purpose, the role can feel meaningless. If this pandemic has taught us anything, for many it has been an awakening to how we are truly spending our lives and that we want our work to mean something.
Ask yourself, do you feel like your company’s goals align with yours? Do you believe in their values and cause? Do you believe in the product or service they deliver?
- Are you paid your worth?
Money by itself is simply a commodity. However, it is the exchange of money, especially in exchange for our livelihoods which give it energy and meaning. This is why it means so much that there is fair exchange of your labour, skills or expertise, in return for the wage you earn. Fair exchange is a critical component of money, and when you are underpaid, just like when you pay for a good or service and get ripped off, you feel unfairly treated.
Being paid your worth is a key reason why people leave jobs and take jobs. It shouldn’t be the only reason, but unfortunately society operates in a way that you need it for basic commodities such as food, shelter and warmth, so it does become a huge driving factor.
Being paid your worth isn’t just about base salary. Factors such as rewards, bonus, benefits, time and freedom make up the total worth that you are receiving in exchange for your services as well. Regardless of your currency (i.e. salary, time, freedom, benefits) being paid in fair exchange to what you care about is critical to how much you feel valued.
- Do you have enough balance between work and everything else?
Work life balance was another of the top 5 reasons why people leave their jobs. Do you have the balance you need for a successful home and personal life? Since the pandemic, working from home practices are more common than ever and the lines are more blurred now than ever before.
Do you create a clear distinction between your work and personal life? Is work life balance still the relevant term when the lines are so blurred. The statement assumes there is a clear difference between the two. However, the world of work is changing. With personal laptops, phones, apps, and work that has you on call 24/7 it’s not so much balance but a juggling act.
As they say you can’t pour from an empty cup, no matter how much you enjoy your job.
- Do you have a great boss?
They say that you are the result of the five people you spend your time with. I say that you are the five people you share your energy with. The two can be very different. It’s why, even though you may not spend time with your boss, if you allow their treatment, ideas and energy to affect you then it has a major impact. Your boss is the one person who can make you, promote you and advocate for you. They are also a key person you will likely learn from, model behaviour from and can be highly formative to how you do your job.
One of the top 5 reasons people leave their jobs is because of a terrible boss. Reasons such as poor treatment, lack of support, and general behaviour are top of the list.
- Do you have a great network of people around you?
Equally, if you are working in a toxic environment it can ultimately end up poisoning you too. It’s not just your boss that can impact your career experience. A career you love is often conducive to being surrounded by incredible people who elevate, inspire and collaborate with you.
Do your peers around you include and respect you, both in the boardroom and at the coffee stand? Are you amongst other people who, whilst they may come from completely different walks of life, share a common purpose in this profession? Do you have champions who will vouch for you when you are not in the room? Are you inspired by your peers? Do you trust your team? Can you rely on them when you need to? Do they truly have your back?
- Are you being challenged in ways that help you grow?
There’s a reason people love (and hate) board games – they are fun, create a healthy element of competition and with practice, you tend to get better. Anything that becomes too familiar, too consistent and too predictable stops being interesting and fun and becomes boring quickly. Life, and careers are much the same…
When you have a healthy level of challenge in your role it means you are being intellectually stimulated and are growing and developing. There is nothing wrong with being a steady eddy, but for you to stay interested and committed, it helps to have an element of growth that keeps you interested.
As they say, variety is the spice of life.
- Do you speak up in meetings and put forward ideas?
Feeling empowered to offer your opinion and truly participate in group settings such as team working or every day meetings is a huge indicator of enjoyment and commitment to a role. Your participation in highly visible settings is a sure-fire way to get noticed, build connections and show yourself that you are committed to the cause. It’s also a handy way to position yourself for promotion too….
By practising your creativity muscle, sharing ideas and seeking collaboration is a great way to improve and expand your ideas, and connections.
Do you show up and energetically participate and contribute in meetings and other team settings?
- Do you feel included, valued and that your work is appreciated?
Inclusivity is not about having a Diversity and Inclusion function and company policy on the matter. It is about the lived experience of each individual in the workplace feeling included, heard and valued. Not only is it proven that productivity increases with a happier workforce, so do revenues.
Working for an inclusive workplace helps cement your sense of belonging and safety. Each are critical aspects within Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a theory that where, if all needs are met, you will reach your highest potential. No wonder an inclusive environment is so critical to how it impacts your experience of work.
As much as organisation try and create this, it isn’t as easy it looks, as one toxic manager, or ineffective management process, unfair or inconsistent promotion, rewards and compensation systems can all have a huge impact on creating an inclusive environment.
If you are feeling included, valued and appreciated at work, you really are winning.
- Do you see realistic career progression within the company?
Careers are rarely a stagnant thing. Humans need progression to keep the interest, sense of purpose and meaning alive.
Without a vision or path for where your current job could take you there is no forward motion.
Do you have a path for the future? Whether that looks like a linear path moving up the ranks or opportunities to spread your wings and skills in other business units; knowing your organisation can offer you this is more likely to keep you there.
Your career progression is not your company’s responsibility. It is yours.
As markets, industries and technology evolves, you career will evolve, change and grow too. It is healthy to take a stock of your life and evaluate whether your career and role is still serving you.
Ps. If you have reached a point in your career where you are not sure how to answers these question, or indeed, what your answers even mean, then career coaching could be for you.
Schedule a call today to discuss how career coaching for you can help provide the purpose, clarity and direction you are seeking.
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