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Answer Honestly…Do You Love Your Job?

Salary has little to do with job satisfaction. Deborah Repplier of Monster reports on a study by the University of Chicago. The study found that the happiest workers are caregivers such as teachers, clergy, nurses, and firefighters. Daniel Pink’s book “Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us” finds that money can actually have a negative influence and can cause individuals to work less effectively.

Additionally, The Guardian also found that job satisfaction has little to do with compensation. The Office for National Statistics found that executive assistants, fitness instructors, and school secretaries have the most satisfying careers.

Jeff Haden of Inc. wrote an article that includes an analysis that can provide an indication of how much you love your job. Hayden’s questions and your responses to them can indicate whether you really love your job.

Are you excited to start work every day?

If so, discipline is not a concern. Rather, you have so many tasks to do, you struggle to decide what task to tackle first.

Is your job a process of discovery?

If each new experience leads to another that is illuminating and satisfying, then you may love your job. If the opposite is true, each new experience can feel like yet another blow to your self-esteem and morale.

Do you gossip about others?

If you love what you do, you are not interested in gossiping about others’ mistakes or failures. Your conversation is instead dominated by discussing the successes of others that relate to your business. This is a reflection that you are happy with yourself and not envious of others.

Do you feel free to say what you like?

A job that you love is likely to be free of politics and other controlling behaviors. You can speak freely and can trust those around you.

Do you have respect for your customers?

If you love what you do, customers are people who you wish to satisfy, not just numbers or dollars. Satisfying them provides you with a sense of fulfilment.

Do you enjoy your time at work above most other things?

The danger here can lie in failing to maintain a balance and neglecting other aspects of your life.

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