Are you satisfied on the job? You are not? Welcome to the world of millions of other unsatisfied employees around the world. If you are, then you are among the lucky few.

What is Job Satisfaction? Job satisfaction is not when there is zero percent dissatisfaction on the job, no, for no job offers you a hundred percent satisfaction, not even the ones we view as the perfect jobs. There is job satisfaction on the job when the basic things you seek for in a job are fulfilled like good pay, prestige, good working hours, friendly workplace environment, etcetera. One can say ‘I love my job, I am happy at my job’ due to the above reasons. However, that does not mean that such individual does not experience any form of dissatisfaction with the job. Besides, one can earn a lot from a job but find no job satisfaction maybe because it is not challenging enough or the working environment is hostile.

Types of Job Satisfaction: Overall Job Satisfaction involves general satisfaction where the worker considers the whole aspects of the job and everything associated with it. The general feeling of ‘I love/hate this job’

Job Facet Satisfaction: Here, the employee considers specific aspects of the job; the conditions like benefits, prestige, pay, and relationship with co-workers/boss. A lawyer working in a law chamber loves her law practice but hates that she is being harassed and bullied by the boss.

Knowledge of the types of job satisfaction helps us identify where our feelings for our jobs fall into and then know how to tackle them. Seeing as unemployment is ravaging our society, it may be wiser and more pragmatic to see what can be done to improve the situation and gain greater job satisfaction.

Recommendations for Improved Job Satisfaction

  1. Know what you want. Re-discover yourself and know what you really want from a job, what you desire and what you can do without. For instance, you desire a challenging job but find yourself stuck in a boring job that doesn’t challenge you. You might want to write down those significant things you want from a job and channel your search for a new job on that.
  2. Performance. It is normal to assume that job dissatisfaction will lead to decrease in performance. But that is not always the case. For some individuals, it becomes a challenge for them to perform better so as to improve their job satisfaction. The dissatisfaction may propel them to find better ways of dealing with the issue causing the dissatisfaction or find solutions to the problem.
  3. Change your perception. This will not make the issue go away but it will allow you view it from a different perspective making it easier for you to deal with it. Change your attitude, be more positive, look for the positive aspects of your job and focus on them rather than dwelling on the bad part. This means that you also have to desist from whining and complaining about what is not working all the time with your colleagues. This causes you to feel happier while looking out for a better opportunity if you still want to.
  4. Change your reaction. I for one, I am often wont to react negatively to any negative situation or word and end up feeling angry. But to seek greater job satisfaction, we need to change our defense mechanism. Avoid getting all worked up when those situations arise, rather, avoid them when you can and if you must face up to them, do so positively in a calm and mature way. You can run away at the heat of it and come back later when you are calmer and can be more reasonable.
  5. Be realistic. There is absolutely no way that one can achieve one hundred percent job satisfaction, life is full of imperfections. We are not even perfect, so we cannot expect life to be perfect. Even in the ‘best’ jobs, there is some percentage of dissatisfaction.
  6. Women may find this easier to do than the men but we can all try. Touch up on that tolerance level to accommodate the shortcomings in your workplace. Finding alternative sources of happiness like music can help to achieve this.
  7. If none of the above is working, you can protest to the authorities as an individual or as a group, like union.
  8. When everything else fails, an unhappy worker can opt for absenteeism or quitting the job entirely. One should not allow job dissatisfaction to go unresolved longer than it should. It can lead to various health complications because it is often associated with depression, anxiety, unhappiness and such.

So, lets get on it.