NBC January 6th 2011, contends that theres a high rate of job dissatisfaction amongst americans. USA Today on May 31, 2011 Reported that American job satisfaction slumped to a two decade low. U.S job satisfaction levels fall to lowest in 22 years declared CNN on January 2010. Its obvious that the majority of people are not satisfied with the way their careers are going. Job satisfaction is an important factor in employee morale, and “falling morale is without question a drain on productivity,” stated the Washington Post on Nov. 17th 2011. The Harvard Business School Review reported in 2010 that employee dissatisfaction, brings down both retention and productivity. On Oct. 21, 2011 the National Beaureu of Economic Research Revealed that overall costs to business and industry of dispirited employees estimate $150-$180 billion a year. We all should actually love what we do, as it is very difficult to give our best performance when we do something unwillingly. Unfortunately, job satisfaction statistics shows that many people in the United States of America are not satisfied with their current jobs. Only 20% of people in U.S are passionate and enthusiastic about their jobs and careers.
We have looked at the problem and consequences of workers job dissatisfaction and now we will look at some of the causes that lead to wrong career and job choosing.
Some of the reasons include but are not limited to; fear, lack of knowledge, influenced or pressured to choose a career by parents, relatives and peers. students who pick a college major nearly at random because they have to declare one. too high a value is placed on the external rewards of a job, like money, prestige and power. Not dedicating enough time to researching our career goals.
Now that we have looked at some of the causes of wrong career choosing which lead to job dissatisfaction. We will take a glance at some proven techniques for better career and job choosing which helps to attain the satisfaction and fulfillment we seek at work.
In an interview with Nicholas Lore in 2011 author of the book “The Pathfinder” how to choose or change your career for a lifetime of satisfaction and success“. he recommends:
1.Developing a relationship with a career counselor who can provide feedback on career expectations.
2.Become self-aware of what your good at
5.interests. Find out what your passionate about. If you don’t know what your passionate about, make a list 50 things that you would like to do and go out and try them. that should help. The Harvard Business School Review in 2010 also reported that employee satisfaction increased customer loyalty, revenue growth and profitability.
We have talked about job and career dissatisfaction, and its implications, and how to embrace a path that can lead to job and career satisfaction.
First we took a look at the problem and consequences of job dissatisfaction, second we analyzed some of the causes that lead to wrong career and job choosing ; which in turn leads to work dissatisfaction. Finally we discovered some proven techniques that lead to career and job satisfaction.
Hope This Helps.