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Enjoy Your Work

This issue of my e-newsletter is focused on enjoyment at work. Going forward, I’ll be providing you with specific usable tools to enhance your enjoyment and engagement on the job.

So just what does it mean to enjoy your work? While we all have slightly different ways to measure this, there are some widely-known measures. Here’s a quick self-survey that can be very helpful in gaining some clarity.

Score each of these items from 1-10, where 10 is the highest possible:

    • My work is interesting
    • It provides me with a chance for advancement
    • It fits with my strengths
    • Compensation is in line with my expectations
    • My position fits with my educational level
    • It fits with my skills
    • The future of the industry sector is promising
    • There is strength in the organization
    • My vision fits with the organization’s vision
    • My ‘gut level feel’ for the job is positive
    • The job is a good fit for my personality
    • It is a good fit with my personal values

Not sure what’s meant by your strengths, skills and values? Here are some definitions:

Strengths: things that come naturally to you.
Skills: things that you have learned to do.
Values: things that are important to you.

The maximum score here is 120, and an overall score of less than 60 may warrant further investigation into whether your current position is a good fit for you. But pay special attention to those individual items that score the lowest for you. What can you change? What can you do differently? This is a starting point for increasing your enjoyment at work. And we will talk more about making changes to increase enjoyment in the next newsletter.

If you’ve had another job in the past, it may be useful to rank that position using the same questionnaire above and also by reflecting: What was your overall sense of satisfaction with that job? What’s present or missing now?

In the next newsletter, we’ll look more closely at making changes at work.

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