The answer is – not likely.
There is no work on the planet that’s 100% happiness at all times. What you’re really hearing is an enthusiastic description of a career path, job or profession that comes pretty darn close. So, for practical purposes, how can you evaluate where you stand on the “bliss” scale? Take a look at the following and check your happy quotient. Find you need a change? Think about taking steps (calculated) toward a new role in the work world. Sometimes a little risk does truly pay off.
The 50/50 question
It’s simple, what side do you land on: 50% satisfied – or 50% disgruntled. Answer honestly and find out where you stand on the scale. You don’t have to have a perfect outcome – but you do need to feel comfortable about where your personal 50/50 is.
Commute time – Some people don’t mind the hour-long train ride to their workplace. It’s a chance to read the daily newspaper. Some people find it hard to tolerate more than a twenty minute drive through relatively traffic-free terrain. Calculate time, distance, stress – and make a decision based on personal preference.
Productivity vs. workload – This one is tricky. Are you simply overworked – or just not that productive at work? Take a close look at how many tasks, duties and overall workload you’re being given and then determine how much time in the day you spend doing it. Is your workload fair and equitable? If you went to another company or profession, are you comfortable with undertaking the same amount of output?
Workplace relationship harmony – Do you get along with your workplace teammates? Can you answer questions, complete projects or find assistance easily and without drama?
Skill level with the profession – This component weighs heavily on whether you’re a junior, mid-level or senior worker. It goes without saying that skill comes with time, but do you find that your skill is being hampered by your workplace – or cultivated and encouraged? Being allowed opportunity to gain more skills is just as important as the skill acquisition itself.
Create a criteria list that suits you – only you can decide what’s important to you in terms of job satisfaction. If your 50/50 evaluation lands mostly on the side of satisfaction in your respective categories, congratulations, you’re one of the lucky ones! If not, be realistic about how you can tip that scale in your favour, or seek new work. Remember no one is 100% over the moon about their work. Everyone has good and bad days.