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How to Know You’re In the Right Job

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Given how greatly they influence our lives, there’s no denying that there are advantages to enjoying the job you do and the company that you work for. Alas, this is far from a given. Since we all have to work in order to survive, some of us end up taking jobs that we wouldn’t accept if there was no immediate financial requirement to do so. But not everyone is like this — some people love their work! In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some tried and tested ways for knowing that you’re in the work that’s right for you. 

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Sunday Night Happiness

It’s nearly always the most obvious things that tell you whether something is right or wrong for you. While you can sometimes try to convince yourself otherwise, in most cases, you just know. When it comes to your work, this will be decided by how you feel on a Sunday evening. Do you begin to feel more anxious the longer the day goes on? Then surely you’re not looking forward to Monday for a reason, and what could that reason be? All signs are pointing to your work. People who enjoy their jobs take Sunday for what it should be, enjoyable, and not a slippery slope towards a grim weekday existence.

It’s nearly always the most obvious things that tell you whether something is right or wrong for you. When it comes to your work, this will be decided by how you feel on a Sunday evening.

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No Morning Stress

It’s not just the actual details of your job that influence how much you like it. The stuff that’s built around your job, such as your commute, also plays a big role. You might like your work, but if you’re spending three hours a day driving to and from the office, then, unfortunately, the job probably isn’t the right one for you. It’s just not sustainable on a long-term basis. In that scenario, you’ll have to move closer to the office or find another job. There’s only so much traveling that you can do!

You Like Your Boss

Work for long enough, and you’ll end up with a collection of ‘bad boss’ stories. For some people, the point of being a boss isn’t to lead the team — it’s to exact power over others. So it’s worthwhile looking at your own relationship with your superiors. Are they open, do you have good communication with them? If that’s the case, then consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Indeed, if your boss doesn’t even cross your mind, then you’re onto something good. If you find that they’re staying in your head even after the day is over, then something is wrong. Of course, realizing that you have a bad boss doesn’t mean that you should instantly quit, but it should give some food for thought, especially if it has a net-negative impact on your life (some bad bosses are tolerable because of salary, job satisfaction, and so on).

There’s a Team Bond

In this day and age, you just have to like your colleagues. You spend so much time at work, that in many cases you’ll end up seeing your work colleagues more than you see some members of your own family. In most cases, the issue isn’t that you don’t like your colleagues; it’s that you don’t know them. This is down to the company, of course. If your boss is organizing a happy hour for work colleagues, you have team bonding activities, and the company is all-around providing a platform for you to get to know one another, then you’ll be onto something good. Studies have shown that happiness at work is greatly improved when you have friends there, so be sure to put some effort into getting to know others. Who knows, you might just discover that you’ve been sitting next to a potentially life-long friend all of this time.

You Feel Valued

We tend to think of our jobs in terms of how much we earn financially, but there is another factor in play: how valued we feel. In some cases, this can be just as important as how much we earn as part of our salary. Studies continually show that while money plays a big role in how we see the world, it doesn’t actually have a strong correlation with happiness: or, in other words, money doesn’t make you happy. If you’re recognized by your peers and superiors for all the good work that you do, then you’ll like your job a lot more. It’s when your bosses just say that you should be happy with your wage that there is a problem. We all want to find meaning in our work, and if it’s reduced down just to the financial aspect, then it can’t be all that surprising if we’re left unsatisfied by our jobs.

Well-Compensated

But of course, with all that being said, we can’t deny that the financial aspect absolutely isn’t important. It totally is. Sometimes, people can work in jobs they like but know that they have to leave because they’re not earning enough money. Ultimately, your skills come with a price tag, and if that price tag isn’t being met, then it’s understandable that you’ll want to look elsewhere. In some cases, it’s not even that you need to have a higher income: it’s about knowing that you’re not being taken advantage of. It’s always worthwhile to be wary of bosses who are happy to give praise for all your work, but less happy to transfer that praise into hard-earned cash.

Opportunities for Growth

We all want to feel as if we’re moving in the right direction, don’t we? We want to believe that the hard work we’re doing now is going to lead to something bigger and better in the future. That’s why even if you know that you like your job right now, it could still ultimately be the wrong option for you. From time to time, it’s worthwhile having a conversation with your superiors about the options for future development and growth. If all those doors seem to be shut off, then it’ll likely be time to think about moving on to a company where you know you can make your dreams come true.

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There Are Safety Measures

Companies can talk a big game about how much they value and respect their workers, but, as we all know, talk is cheap. One sign that your employers aren’t as serious about their employees as they should be is if there are no safety measures in place. Ultimately, companies have a duty of care to ensure that anyone who is working on their premises is kept safe while they’re there. If the company seems to be too relaxed when it comes to health and safety measures, then look for another job. They are not the type of people you want to be working for.

They Move With the Times

If you want to work with your current company for a long time, then you’ll need to know that they’re capable of moving with the times. You don’t want to hitch your wagon to a company that will soon become old-fashioned; it’ll only hurt your career. 

More Than Work

You are not a machine that exists to do just one job. You are a fully-formed human being, one that has dreams, hopes, problems, and so on. A good company will recognize that their staff are regular people, and show them that they care, in various ways. If you ever have a personal problem and your employers have a problem with being accommodating, then you should look for a new job. In the end, it’s not worth working hard for a company that doesn’t care about you. You can learn a lot about a company by how it treats its staff when things are going well, but you can learn even more by looking at how they act when there’s a problem.

You Believe in the Ethos

It’s not just the details of your job that you should focus on when it comes to your work. You should also consider the wider ethos and impact of your employers. You might have a really cool job, but if the business you’re working for is something that you feel morally against, then it’ll eventually catch up with you. It’s much better if you can be “all in” with a company, rather than having to turn a blind eye to certain aspects. If you find that you can’t fully commit, then look at changing your jobs so that you work for a company that you feel fully on board with.

You’ve Explored Other Options

It’s possible to become too comfortable with our jobs. Humans are highly adaptable, and it could be that you’ve just gotten used to your circumstances. You might focus on the good sides, and ignore the bad aspects — or just totally disregard the fact that there could be something better out there for you. If you feel you’ve fallen into an “accepting” state, rather than one in which you’re fully satisfied, then it might be worthwhile exploring other options. It can be the little indicator you need that you are, indeed, in the right job, or that you should consider something else.

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