In this modern era, we all suffer from work-related stress to some degree. For most people, this is not a problem and they thrive on the pressure that they are under. But for others, this is an issue and can be a cause for a lack of job satisfaction.
Here we will show you just how you can use 10 ways to gain job satisfaction with little or no cost!
So here we go with the 10 Ways to gain Job Satisfaction:
1 – Reflect on why to took this job?
Reflection is a great tool to use for looking back on why and how you made decisions in the past. By looking back on when we first started the job, you can look closely to the details of why you decided to take the job. Was it because; you thought that the job role would be challenging? Had you the skills and knowledge to do the job? Had you been head-hunted from your previous employer to your current one?
Write down the reasons why you took the job and think about if these are still true today? If they are not, write down why! Has the job changed and become more challenging? Has the job become a routine and you are finding it boring?
Having these answers written down can help you focus on developing a plan to help you define what actions need to be taken to make these have a more positive affect on your life.
2 – Reflect on your skill levels for the job?
Look at the skills that you have for the job that you are doing. Write down the skills in two columns, the skills you had at the start of the job in the left column and the skills that you have developed since starting the job in the right column. This will help you to see how much you have grown and developed since starting the job.
You will be surprised how far you have come without realising it!
This will be helpful for you to look at any new skills you may want to learn or enhance your current skill set/
3 – Make Your Mornings Count
Set aside 15 minutes each morning to gather your thoughts and create your daily goals. You don’t need to get too complicated with this new morning ritual—one or two things are all you should be focusing on. Taking time for yourself will help centre and focus you, meaning it’ll be easier to recognise what makes you happy and plot the steps to get there.
4 – Take time for yourself!
Not enough people do this! The body needs time to relax and unwind so that it can lower the effects of the amount of stress that you are under through the day.
Fit things into your day that help you unwind. It’s different for everyone. For you, it might be listening to music, going for a walk, tea with friends, yoga, reading or watching T.V. Find something that you enjoy and make an effort to do that relaxing thing every day. You do not have to take an hour to do this, just taking 10 minutes can have great benefits to your health and well-being.
Also, think about having a place where you go to relax. This can be your bedroom, bathroom, the garden shed or a small corner in the kitchen – it is somewhere you feel comfortable and secure.
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Using this technique helps to reduce your stress, thus aiding in your job satisfaction.
5 – Keep a “To Do” list!
This may sound like a simple thing to do. However, when you are working in a busy environment or new things are asked of you to do, you can get a bit overwhelmed.
One of the most important reasons for keeping a to-do list is the organisation. Organising your tasks with a list can make everything much more manageable and make you feel grounded. Seeing a clear outline of your completed and uncompleted tasks will help you feel organised and stay mentally focused.
As you cross items off your to-do list, you’ll feel a sense of progress and accomplishment that can be missed when rushing from one activity to the next. The affirmation that you are making progress will help motivate you to keep moving forward rather than feeling overwhelmed.
You can readily buy a “To Do List” pad from most stationary providers for as little as £2 or you can always print your own from a template.
6 – Interact with your work colleagues!
Develop relationships with coworkers and others in the organisation. Exchanging ideas and experiences can further your knowledge and skills, and also add meaning to your work. The networking that you establish can be an asset for a future job.
It also helps with reducing stress levels by having the human interaction which takes your mind off of the tasks of the day and allows the mind to unwind. This aids with helping you feel more ready to retake on the tasks you need to do, and give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day!
Just remember that people spend more time with their work colleagues than their own family, so take that time to become work friends and they may even become friends out of work. This will continue to build your support network which will enable you to keep your stress levels down.
7 – Make the Most of the Weekend
When Friday afternoon rolls around and you’re tempted to sneak that file into your bag, just say “no!” Dragging your work home with you every weekend sets you up for an obvious downfall: You will feel like you never left the office. Treat the weekend like the holy grail it is and spend time unwinding with family and friends or rebooting your batteries in private. We promise that it will prepare you for happiness in the office come Monday morning.
8 – Plan an Office Event
Get your co-workers together and organise an office event. Whether you start casual Fridays, create rival company soccer teams, or build a bar for a weekly happy hour, having a designated “unwind” time will help incentivize your productivity and get everyone excited for the upcoming event!
9 – Make Only Commitments You Can Keep
One of the most serious causes of work stress and unhappiness is failing to keep commitments. Many employees spend more time making excuses for failing to keep a commitment and worrying about the consequences of not keeping a commitment than they do performing the tasks promised.
Create a system of organisation and planning that enables you to assess your ability to complete a requested commitment. Don’t volunteer if you don’t have time. If your workload is exceeding your available time and energy, make a comprehensive plan to ask the boss for help and resources. Don’t wallow in the swamp of unkept promises.
10 – Laugh Daily
Contrary to the idea that laughing at work means goofing off and getting distracted, Stanford Business School student Eric Tsytsylin suggests that laughter is actually “one of the productivity’s greatest allies.” Laughing puts everyone at ease and promotes a “ready to work” attitude once you’ve had that moment of catharsis.