5 Key Factors to Finding Job Satisfaction

Job satisfaction is dependent on a variety of factors, many of which are within your control. You can either find the job that is best suited to meet your individual needs or learn to find fulfillment in the one you already have.

1. Engagement

When you are engaged in your work, you are present, focused, and productive. People are naturally more engaged in work that puts their talents to good use. The truth is, your talents can be utilized in any job you find yourself in. Engaging fully in work and recognizing how your individual strengths positively impact others, you can bring meaning and purpose to any role.

One way to find meaning any work you do is to have a clear understanding of the correlation between your work, the company’s goals, and your goals for something you’d like to see in the world. Being aware of how your job is directly supporting a larger outcome could encourage you to stay engaged and remain motivated.

2. Respect, praise, and appreciation

Regardless of the job, you want to feel respected in the workplace as well as appreciated for the work you do. Employees are more satisfiedin their positions when they feel respected and praised for a job well done, even if it’s a simple thank you from a manager. Supervisors are often vocal when an employee makes a mistake or something is needed of them but making the same effort to congratulate or voice appreciation can have a positive influence on worker’s satisfaction.

According to the Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), close to half of the employees surveyed rated supervisor’s respect for their ideas as “very important” to job satisfaction. The SHRM emphasizes constructive feedback and open communication in the workplace as one way to encourage respect amongst employers and employees.

In short, working a job where you feel respected, valued, and appreciated is important! If you don’t feel this is happening in your workplace, is there a human resources employee you could talk to? Or some way to ask a supervisor to let you know when you’ve done something well?

3. Fair compensation

The importance employees place on pay as a contributing factor to job satisfaction appears to be on the rise, accordingto the survey conducted by the SHRM. Workers currently rank pay as the second most important factor compared in workplace satisfaction. Benefits rank as the third most important factor with 60 percent rating them as crucial to job satisfaction. In essence, employees want to be compensated for their worth and are likely to look for work elsewhere if they’re not.

But as important as compensation appears to be to employees, many would choose recognition and praise from a higher-up over cash. In a survey conducted by the company, BambooHR, one-third of workers said they would rather have an executive send a company-wide email praising their accomplishments than receive a $500 bonus that went unpublicized.

4. Motivation

Understanding your motivation behind the job you either already have or the job you want may help increase job satisfaction as well. Asking yourself the following questions:

  • What motivated me to apply for this job in the first place?What inspires me to do the work I do?What inspires me to want to be a [insert job aspiration]?
  • What motivated me to apply for this job in the first place?
  • What inspires me to do the work I do?
  • What inspires me to want to be a [insert job aspiration]?

Answering these questions can help determine where you are lacking satisfaction so that you can then do something about it, whether that means switching jobs or changing your approach to your current one.

5. Life satisfaction

Perhaps unsurprisingly, people who are unhappy in life are less likely to find satisfying work.

meta-analysis published in British Psychology Society reviewed 223 studies that examined the link between job satisfaction and life satisfaction (subjective well-being). The psychologists concluded that people who are predisposed to be happy and satisfied in life in general are more likely to be happy and satisfied in their work. They note that individuals who are generally unhappy in life and seek satisfaction in their work likely will not find it. Nurturing yourself and enhancing your well-being outside of work can lead you to satisfaction within a working environment.

Source: Chopra