The grass isn't always greener: keeping job satisfaction in perspective

The grass isn't always greener: keeping job satisfaction in perspective

This is the first article in this month’s series. More articles will be published throughout the month, and the full series can be found at monarc­hper­sonnel.­com.

For many, welcoming in a new year is filled with optimism and determination. Reflecting on the previous year and looking ahead to the next twelve months can, however, sometimes lead to disgruntlement and wanting more.

The grass is greener on the other side

It’s easy to look at other people and their perceived level of contentment in their jobs. The key word here is ‘perceived’. Chances are, the people on social media who are regaling the start of a new role, promotion or change in career are actually up against some difficult challenges and disappointments they’re not sharing. Challenges and disappointments don’t attract the congratulations and compliments though, do they?

If you find yourself being ‘Disgruntled of Essex’ (other counties are available) in January and firmly in the ‘grass is greener on the other side’ camp, you may need to give your head a wobble. At Monarch Personnel we naturally deal with many candidates looking for change. Some are unable to put their finger on why. It could simply be down to the green-eyed monster and a dose of “but I want to do that instead!”.

A change of mindset might be all that is required.

The power of mindset for a brighter future

Monarch Personnel recruit on mindset. We firmly believe that mindset is instinctive and will therefore be the best judge of whether a candidate will be the right fit for a role. Skill can be taught as long as the mindset fits with the values and culture of a business.

If you’re considering a move this year, think first about your mindset and what might be done to make you happier in your current role and company. The last two years have been challenging for employers as well as employees, and having worked through those challenges together the employer should be given the chance to consider your concerns before you jump ship.

Dig deep to understand your own frustrations

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to gain insight into what’s good about your current role and what could improve to make you want to stay:

  1. Consider what you enjoy about your role and your current employer. What makes you happy at work? When do you feel most energised and motivated?
  2. What do you dislike about your current job? Is it the work, the environment, the people, the hours?
  3. Do you agree with the culture and values of your employer?
  4. Do you feel listened to?
  5. Do you want more responsibility?
  6. Do you want less responsibility?
  7. Would flexible working make you happier in your role?
  8. Is the commute driving you insane?

You might find it helpful to get someone who knows when you’re dodging home truths to ask you these questions, so that you give the most honest answers!

What can you do to influence improvements in your current role?

  • Ask your employer for a meeting or review to discuss your concerns
  • If appropriate, ask for more training to fill any skill gaps and boost your confidence
  • Find out what the prospects are for promotion if this is important to you
  • Ask for more or less responsibility
  • If the work/life balance is off-kilter ask if flexible working is a possibility

By showing your employer that you have strength of character and have given considerable thought to your current position, you are giving yourself the best chance of influencing change without having to move on.

On the other hand, if your employer is unresponsive and unhelpful, you know that you have tried everything you can to remain with the company and that your initial instinct was correct. It’s time to move on.

Look out for the next article

The second article in our January series will be published next Wednesday, January 12th.

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