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Maybe It's Time to Change Jobs

Updated on June 30, 2015

Time For a Change?


One definition of job satisfaction is “A person’s general attitude towards their job.” There are many factors affecting job satisfaction...from hours worked to pay. Not all job satisfaction issues are tied to the amount of money someone is earning. Companies who have good retention rates among employees often find there are other factors in play determining job satisfaction. Finding out what those are can have a constructive impact on their ability to attract and retain the most productive employees.

  • Employers community standing. Employees may connect how their employer is viewed in the community as a reflected image of how others view them. For example, a company with a good reputation may impact how others view them and how they sees themselves. Companies with good reputations seem to attract those who become more successful and contribute to community interests. Those employed for companies with a less than ideal reputation may not be as satisfied with their jobs.

  • Employee recognition. Employers who take the time to recognize their employees both in and out of the workplace usually discover their employees have a higher level of job. (commendations, monetary reward etc.)

  • Level of trust. Employers who trust employees to take leadership roles without micro-managing them, generally find them far more satisfied. Employers who micro-manage usually discover their workers have motivational problems and are less satisfied.

  • Level of stress. Stress levels play a major role in job gratification. Employees forced to achieve unrealistic production levels may experience high levels of stress. That translates into negative effects on job satisfaction.

  • Camaraderie. When a company promotes camaraderie among employees, managers, and departments, a positive effect on job satisfaction is felt by everyone. This can be accomplished with regular updates on company performance, and recognizing anniversaries with the company, promotions and other work related activities.

  • Promotions. When a company promotes from within, job satisfaction increases even for those not promoted. Employees take a renewed interest in their jobs.

Work Builds Self Esteem

As all of us together work and grow the economy. We make it possible for others to have jobs, and make it possible for spending, purchasing, and charitable giving to take place. There is something noble about honest, hard work. Work builds self-esteem, creates value, and gives added meaning to life, by either a tangible value such as a product, or an intangible value, like a service.

All work, no matter if it's manual labor, or a prestigious white-collar, job is honorable. There are hidden keys to career success. Many view the world as a “dog-dog eat world.” They believe to get ahead one must cheat. Although the world may seem like a “rat race,” it's not necessary to sink to the level of lying or cheating.

Integrity means never cheating, lying or cutting corners. It means being truthful, keeping your word, and being honest and taking personal responsibility. It means not compromising your values, principles, and standing up for what's right.

King Solomon was a wise and successful man. He ruled over the most peaceful and prosperous period of Israel's history.

However, as time passed, Solomon compromised his integrity. He was seduced by women who worshiped false gods. So he built altars and temples to other gods. Israel fell into poverty and social chaos. Solomon's Temple was looted, and defiled.

Hidden Key to Career Success

As mentioned previously, integrity tops the list as a most valued characteristic for success. Compromise leads to ruin and dishonor.

As you look around, it may well appear integrity is a disappearing quality in today's world. Pressures to compromise your integrity may come from your boss, coworkers, or customers. Although you might be able to profit by compromising your integrity, in the long run, your actions will come back to bite you. Unethical behavior has an uncanny way of catching up with us.

The type of person you are is clearly noticed by others. That's why integrity, honesty, and concern for them has a powerful impact on whether or not they consider you as trustworthy. Sooner or later people will decide the level of integrity you have.

No doubt integrity does pay in the long run. However that shouldn't be our primary reason for exercising integrity.

Tips on Maintaining Integrity:

  1. If possible, seek to work for a boss with integrity. People who have integrity tend to appreciate what's right and just. People without it will be constantly pressuring you to compromise your values, and that leads to conflict and stress.

  2. When hiring, seek out employees of integrity. Remember, an employee who cuts corners to increase business will just as likely cunningly sabotage your business to profit from illegal gains.

  3. Practice integrity in small things. Big issues will take care of themselves.

Career Satisfaction

Joe was earning a huge salary as manager of a medium-sized company. He was a conscientious executive who embedded a friendly, cooperative spirit within the ranks of his employees. However, the company's owners had no interest in motivated personnel. All they were concerned about was increasing profit. Not only that, conflict arose when the guys at the top became verbally abusive and disrespectful to him.

Joe's personal physician advised him his job was a powder keg about to explode due to stressful conditions at work. Joe made the decision to quit and gave his two weeks notice. In retrospect, Joe could have decided to stay where he was, however he was risking his health. Therefore Joe took a lower paying job without all the stress. Although he wasn't making the “big bucks,” he was much happier.

Studies have shown employees choosing to keep their jobs because of job security, are more likely to suffer depression, burnout, sickness, and perform poorly at work. When examining your career goals, consider money as an issue but not the only one. You must decide whether or not the job will require you to do things that violate your values. It's possible you might not have to quit or change careers to find satisfaction in your employment. Following are some steps you can take in making your decision:

  1. Keep your perspective. Don't think you are the only one who can do your job. Believe it or not, you are not indispensable.

  2. Focus on skills, and persistence, not hours worked. Some fall into a habit of working 12 to14 hour days, believing that's the way to get ahead. However, that is defined as being a workaholic. This path only leads to self destruction and defeat. Focus on setting realistic goals.

  3. Assign Responsibility. Perhaps you have people working for you possessing above-average skills. Delegate some responsibility to them. Trying to be a “one-man show” will only set you up for failure.

  4. Say No. There will be times when higher-ups ask you to do something, and obviously you can't refuse. But there will be times you can say no. Don't be one who has no time or energy left from doing favors for anyone that asks.

  5. Maintain a stability zone. Avoid big lifestyle changes that bring added stress and upheaval in your career. The added stress will follow you into your workplace. Maintain good communications with your spouse and family in order to have a friendly atmosphere to come home to.

Job Anxiety and Performance

Sometimes pressures, conflict, and unresolved problems on the job create such a high level of anxiety it damages our self image and makes us feel inadequate and inept. Our interpretation of our self worth drops. We wonder, what's happening? What's happening is a problem called adjustment disorder. When a person reacts to stress negatively it becomes a self-defeating behavior, going beyond normal bounds. When that happens it becomes a condition called maladaptive reaction. There are several kinds of adjustment disorders:

  • Adjustment disorder with depressed mood. Characterized by manifestations of crying, sadness, feelings of hopelessness and depression.

  • Adjustment disorder with a conduct disturbance. An individual displays disruptive, inappropriate behavior. (fighting, goofing off , shirking responsibilities and being late or missing work.

  • Adjustment disorder with physical complaints. Symptoms include fatigue, headaches, and backaches not medically diagnosable.

  • Adjustment disorder with anxious mood. Symptoms are restlessness, worry, and possibly dread about the future.

Adjustment disorders can cause individuals to isolate themselves from others in social and work situations, thus impairing workplace operation. Those suffering from this disorder are recognized by nonperformance, non-attendance, sloppiness, inability to follow directions, or get along with coworkers. Left untreated, anxiety from an adjustment disorder can evolve into a form of self reinforcement, a mechanism called negative self-talk. People worry over false, destructive, and frequent irrational statements about their own worth. They question their competence and value to themselves and others. Negative self-talk can tarnish a person's self-image to the point of becoming clinically depressed.

Adjustment disorders usually respond to professional treatment, including counseling and medical treatment. Less severe cases of anxiety and adjustment disorders, can be improved by following these six practical steps:

  1. Allow for flaws and imperfections in yourself. Don't focus on your negatives.

  2. Praise yourself for good efforts, regardless of the results.

  3. Set realistic goals and give yourself credit for partial success.

  4. Avoid catastrophic thinking. Don't exaggerate the negatives in situations.

  5. Share your accomplishments with trusted friends.

  6. Affirm others, complement them on their achievements. They may return the favor, and that builds self-confidence.


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