Job satisfaction is probably one of the hardest things for anyone to find. I recommend that you conduct an audit on your job every six months to assess your job satisfaction.
Working in Recruitment, I see it all the time where people choose their next career based on the size of the salary package, or their benefits – but often people do not take into account the company culture, the role and the location. At the end of the day, all of these points have a massive impact on one’s job satisfaction.
People tend to move into a role which only offers them financial growth. A few months down the line, they are sitting in a position where they are unhappy and are struggling to align themselves to the business and the company culture. Is it not then better, in a day and age where we live such fast-paced lives, to sacrifice some of those financial factors in order to find a balance, beneficial to quality of life?
Along the same vein, people should never accept counter offers from their existing employers, when they have been actively on the market for a dedicated period of time. These people nearly always find that three to six months down the line, the issues which lead them to the initial decision to move; have not disappeared and are still the reason they start to search for alternative work again.
Part of our jobs as Recruiters, is to identify the types of Companies and environments, which would be conducive to our candidates’ needs from a job satisfaction perspective. However as the human element is involved, we can only carry you so far. The advice and information we give you is based on our research, visiting the client and determining what personalities would fit into their businesses. Having said this, more and more people are choosing jobs, which satisfy only one need, but human beings have many needs.
Something to keep in mind would be your alignment to the other employees, the management style and the possibility of career growth. It may seem very ‘airy-fairy’ to some but you must trust your ‘gut feel’ when you walk into your prospective new employer’s building. You usually know if that environment will be a fit for you, simply by taking in the energy and the vibes around you. Not to say that this is a rule and not an exception but it is certainly a contributing factor.
In short, the next time you make the decision to move employers, think about what you would do if you were purchasing a vehicle, or a home, you would first research, compare and weigh up pros and cons before making the decision – so why would you move simply for money?