How to Know If You’re Happy at Work

8 May, 2023

If you’re reading this, we can only assume you’re questioning your current role and you’re trying to understand what job satisfaction should feel like. 

Perhaps you’re new to the workforce and have started asking yourself, “Does this feel right for me?” Or maybe you’re a seasoned professional who has become jaded by the day-to-day of your industry. 

No matter your reason for being here, we welcome you to assess what job satisfaction looks like to you and make the necessary changes you need to find a more fulfilling professional life. 

When you’re ready to change the course of your career, our permanent recruitment services will be at the ready to match you with a role that gets you out of bed in the morning.

You’re Excited

A happy employee goes to bed keen to wake up the next day and returns home excited to tell friends and family all about their day. 

When you feel this buzz, you’ll surely recognise it. You might feel unable to stop yourself from vocalising the most exciting bits about your job, and those closest to you will recognise these moments. 

If you’re unsure of how excited you feel about work, ask friends and family how they perceive your job satisfaction. If they tell you you’re constantly raving about work, this is a sure sign that you’re in the right place. 

Ask yourself: are you more excited to go to work, or to go home at the end of the day? If it’s the latter, it may be time to consider a change of scenery. 

You’re Keen to Do Extras 

When you’re in a role that makes you happy, that excitement and passion translates into a motivation to work harder. 

A happy employee engages with their superiors for feedback and direction, ensuring they learn from each milestone. You’re putting your hand up in meetings and the colleagues that recognise this might even start coming to you for your opinions. 

An unhappy employee keeps their head down and does the bare minimum, leading to a lack of affirmation from their superiors. This creates a negative cycle of less work, less feedback and less enjoyment. 

Any Struggle Feels Worth Your While

“Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” This mantra has been splattered on office walls, LinkedIn quotes and commencement speeches for decades, but how true is it, really? 

At MP Training & Recruitment, we won’t mislead you to believe that any job will be free from the feeling of work. On the contrary, the struggle can be what makes it all worth it. 

When you have a job that never feels like work, you risk falling into a lull that never challenges you and lacks personal or professional development. 

Instead, we believe that a satisfying job is one where the struggle or the grind feels productive without weighing you down. 

It can be a journey to find this balance, as each employee comes with their own set of motivators and skills that match certain roles. It may be the case that you are perfectly suited to just half a dozen roles where you feel challenged without being overwhelmed. In this case, there is no shame in leaving your current role and continuing the search for that well-balanced role. 

Get in Touch and Get Back on Track

Whether you work 15 or 40 hours a week, we all deserve to enjoy our work hours to the fullest. 

Our recruitment services match employees and employers based on their skills, values and goals. That way, you can walk into a new role with the confidence that you’re on the right path. 

If you need more certainty about what job satisfaction should look like, get in touch with us and get back to feeling excited about work.

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