When you’re running your own business, sometimes it’s easy to forget that as well as focusing on paying the bills, you should still think about your own job satisfaction. This week, we’re looking at some essential ingredients for satisfaction:
Satisfaction in your work is very much a state of mind, so it’s a good idea to look at the psychological factors that affect it. You may find, for example, that you feel less satisfied because you’re not getting enough feedback from customers, and an annual survey will help you recognise that you’re making a difference.
Not feeling a sense of satisfaction about your work lately? Why not change focus to how you can help others - whether employees or your customers. This survey found that people whose jobs involve helping people were ranked as the happiest workers, and even just supervising others can make you 27% more satisfied with your work.
Self-awareness can help you identify not just what your biggest satisfaction points are, but can help you create a sense of purpose that helps you feel satisfied in your work. If you’re looking for a concrete way to find a sense of purpose, check out Simon Sinek’s excellent Start with Why approach, where his goal is to help everyone feel fulfilled by their work.
When AXA Business Insurance surveyed small business owners, they found that even though the owners worked longer hours than their employees and took fewer holidays, they still reported greater satisfaction in their work, mainly because they felt that they were challenging themselves and learning new things. The least satisfied small business owners reported that money was their biggest motivator.
Think that it’s the big issues which prevent you from being satisfied at work and elsewhere in your life? Well, it may just as easily be the little everyday problems that are actually stressing you out. You could try tackling your small annoyances individually and check out American psychologist Dr Richard Carlson’s bestselling “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series for some useful tips on not letting little problems snowball out of control.
What makes you feel satisfied with your work? Hit us up on twitter or leave a comment and let us know. And have a great weekend!