The most satisfying jobs no matter the profession share many things in common, from bosses whom you respect, to colleagues whom you enjoy working with, to an underlying feeling of autonomy.
Do you find your job satisfying? Take the elevator test. When you bump into your boss on the elevator, are you excited to see him or her because you feel pride in your accomplishments? Or do you mumble “hello,” and anxiously watch the floors tick by because you can’t wait to escape?
Here are some things that prove your job can be ticked in the ‘satisfying career’ box:
You have a boss you can’t help but admire
Bosses set the tone of an organization. If your boss is someone who inspires you, count yourself lucky. Job satisfaction soars when bosses live their values, act with integrity, and have a transparent and honest communication style. You will rally behind them and give your best effort.
Your boss is a coach and not a task master
When your boss acts more like a coach than a taskmaster, it lets you stretch. You feel like your boss is grooming you for new roles and responsibilities, and it’s motivating! They bring you exciting projects and allows you to run with them without micro-managing. They check in to see how you’re faring, of course but not all the time. Even better, once you complete your project, they give you full credit.
When your boss wants you to succeed, you’ll revel in job satisfaction.
Working there gives you the ‘one big happy family’ vibe
When you work well with your colleagues, you are happy to pitch in and help when needed. You genuinely feel a part of a cohesive team rather than a cluster of ruthless coworkers vying for the next plum assignment.Working with friendly, caring people removes the strife of workplace politics. It fosters a sense of trust and congeniality among team members that translates into incredible job satisfaction.
The Company Is Poised for Growth
Whether you work at a dot com start-up or a company that has existed for a century, it’s always more fun — and more career enhancing — to be at an organization that’s doing well. There will be less cutthroat competition and more room for professional growth.