Job Satisfaction is Vital
How happy are you in your job? That kind of happiness is vital to your overall wellbeing. If you don’t like your job you will develop a sense of resentment, frustration and even hostility to the workplace. Chances are it won’t stop there. You will carry those feelings home with you because they are very real, tangible feelings that contour a third of your day (8 hours). That’s half your waking hours.
What must that be like for your family? Do you lock yourself away even more by losing yourself then in Netflix and Social Media? And how does it affect your sleep? Because sleep can be disturbed by constant disappointment from any aspect of life, including work life. These are the people who have partly died inside and it is visible in their tired, grumpy faces.
So what can be done? There is no job on earth that doesn’t have some merits. Seek them out and develop a sense of gratitude about them. Better still change the job but not everyone has the opportunity to do so. Or the guts. It may be that you’re in the wrong job. More likely though is that your negative attitude has killed off any possibility of job satisfaction.
Centuries ago jobs filled essential needs. They were the means to food, drink and shelter primarily. There was no talk of personal growth then. But more and more we have come to the point of needing personal satisfaction in the work place. This isn’t some New Age drivel. It’s because people acknowledge now that there is an obligation to self in many of the things we do in life. An obligation to make sure we are happy so that we can pass that happiness on to those around us.
Without this important element in our working lives the chances are that our physical health will suffer too. There is a condition called disuse atrophy which basically refers to the wasting away of a part of the body and mind which is no longer healthily in use. Remember that. Usefulness, enjoyment, progress are all a healthy part of the work experience. Without then we may end up in Emerson’s prediction: “People do not grow old; when they cease to grow they become old.” Shocking.