Your Success/Career is What You Make It

Joy of Work – The Haves and Have Nots

When it comes to happiness, joy, satisfaction, engagement or simply liking your work, career, job or business venture are you in the haves or have nots? It appears the glass is not half full or half empty. A Gallup poll in 2013 revealed only 13 percent of employees are “engaged” in their jobs, or emotionally invested in their work and focused on helping their organizations improve. Data collected from 142 countries (230,000 employees) revealed:

  • 63% of employees are not “engaged” (unmotivated) at work
  • 24% are truly unhappy and unproductive

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In America, 53% enjoy their jobs and 15% really hate their jobs.

Why do people love their jobs?

  • Love their coworkers
  • Job gives them freedom, autonomy and flexibility
  • A desirable work environment and culture
  • Variety and learning
  • The job is challenging

Why do people hate their jobs?

  1. job hateHate their boss
  2. No passion
  3. No challenge
  4. Too much red tape
  5. Unhappy with pay
  6. No advancement
  7. Job insecurity
  8. Lack of being valued

Why do people stay in jobs they do not like? Most want to gain experience and for career advancement. Two more reasons – income security and fear of change.

A friend of mine spent 33 years working for a major airline. In 2006 when his company entered bankruptcy, cut his benefits, increased his health insurance premium and wrote off his employee stock options, he took his very meager retirement and went into the real estate business with his brother in California – just as the bubble burst! He told me that three months after he retired, he was able to see how fear had kept him in that job for at least the last 23 years. Even as real estate was crashing and finances challenging, he was having more fun and joy in what he was doing than he ever had at the airline.

I asked him to look at the above lists and rank the results as they related to him. At the airline: too much red tape, poor management (hate boss), no challenge, no value, no passion. In real estate: freedom, autonomy, challenge and learning.

If we look at all of these factors, we can see that most have to do with mental positions, attitudes and emotional conflicts. As most coaches and psychologists will tell you, the main thing is that in some way we are being trapped by our past. This is where good coaching comes in. A good coach helps you see where you are limiting your yourself and your choices and helps you use your strengths and assets to work through the obstacles and move forward.

Many people who are successful in business or at their career have one area of their life that is like a fly in the ointment. A good coach helps clients toward integration and wholeness.

If you’re inclined to move toward more joy and satisfaction in work and life, I’d love to help