Are you satisfied and fulfilled at work? Over the past week I’ve met several people that aren’t satisfied in their job. It seems wherever I am or go this is becoming an all too familiar theme. My vision is a world where people are happy and fulfilled by their work and career and as Simon Sinek eloquently says “we have a world where people love their job.” To delve a bit deeper here are some pertinent questions that I have found very useful that we can ask ourself.

Am I Healthy?

Poor health and sickness may indicate your work situation is not ideal. It is well documented that high stress, or a poor or toxic culture will affect your health. It may be that you are suited to your role but not your environment. As a consequence, your job may literally be making you sick. I remember reading “people don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses.”

Do I Love What I Do?

Being good at something may lead us to a particular line of work. However, over time the love or enjoyment may dwindle because we become proficient in the role and are now bored because we are no longer being stretched. We require new challenges to stimulate our interest and growth as well as keep our enjoyment levels up. Ideally, love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.

Am I Part Of A Team?

Being part of team, especially a high-performing team is extremely rewarding. The achievements and outcomes of working in a team far exceed those of an individual. Collaboration and teamwork require trust. Knowing you are not alone and that someone has your back not only makes us feel supported it gives us extra confidence to perform and go the extra mile for our teammates.

Do I Have Positive, Life-Giving Relationships?

Are my colleagues just people I spend time with at work? Do I have any interest in their lives outside of work? Do they have any interest in me? Do I care about them? Do they care about me? Do I forget about them as soon as I leave for home? We spend a one-third of our life at work and working in a culture where people aren’t interested in or care for each other is not life-giving and at worst, lonely, depressing and soul destroying. Life is too short to work outside of life-giving environments.

Am I Leaving A Legacy?

At home our kids and families are our legacies. At work our legacy could be any number of things. It could be the culture we established, or the processes we implemented, or better yet it’s the people and the prodigies we influence, train and leave behind when we go. As a scientist a large part of my legacy was to train the next generation of scientists. What legacy do you want to leave? Do you have the opportunities to create the legacy you want at work?

Is My Work Purpose-Driven?

Our purpose brings meaning and fulfilment to our lives. Ideally, our work and purpose are aligned. When our work is purpose-filled it gives us a whole new, deeper level of fulfilment and satisfaction. What is your purpose? Is your work fulfilling you or is it merely a means to earn an income? Can you find new ways to bring purpose and meaning to the work you do?

How you answered these simple questions will largely determine whether you are happy, satisfied and fulfilled at work. If you answered YES to all or most of them, fantastic. However, if you answered NO to any of them, perhaps it’s time to take informed action to change your job. Fear is a powerful deterrent that stops us from taking action. The question is do you have the courage to take this step and unfold a whole new satisfying career and life?

Steve Jobs said it best in his commencement speech at Stanford in 2005, “you’ve got find what you love…and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

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