• Ten things a job must have to give you Job satisfaction

    by  • October 1, 2014 • Happiness, Organising Your Life

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    Job satisfaction makes you so happy that you don’t want to take time off work. It also helps you to excel at your job. So what is it that gives you job satisfaction? Are you happy at work because of who you are? Or is there another reason for it.

    The truth is that job satisfaction is not a personal trait. It doesn’t come from who or what you are, it comes from the traits of the job you do. So you will get more satisfaction from some jobs than you will from others.

    And you get more satisfaction from some parts of your current job than you do from other parts of it. In fact there are ten sources of job satisfaction. And most jobs have some of these traits but very few jobs have all of them. The more of these traits a job has the more likely it is to give you job satisfaction.

    The trick is to find out what job traits appeal to you. And which of these your current job has. Then you can focus on developing these to get the most out of them.

    The right fit gives you job satisfaction.

    Peter Warr’s ten sources of job satisfaction are: 1. Opportunity for personal control. 2. Opportunity to use skills. 3. Reasonable, externally generated goals. 4. Variety. 5. Environmental clarity. 6. Availability of money. 7. Physical security. 8. Supportive supervision. 9. Opportunity for interpersonal contact. 10. Work is valued by society.

    The questionnaire below is based on the ten job traits of job satisfaction. You can use it to find which job traits work the best for you. It can also help to get other people complete it for you as well.

    You can also do it for people who work for you. It will help you to see how they see their jobs. It could help you to find new ways to increase the level of job satisfaction they get. And reap all the benefits that come that.

    Job Satisfaction Questionnaire

     

    Statement 1.   I enjoy a certain degree of freedom and autonomy. I participate in decision making and self-determination in my job.

    Answer      A. I strongly disagree.  B. I disagree.  C. I neither disagree or agree.  D. I agree.  E. I strongly agree.

     

    Statement 2. I have an opportunity to use my skills and talents in my job.

    Answer     A. I strongly disagree. B. I disagree. C. I neither disagree or agree. D. I agree. E. I strongly agree.

     

    Statement 3. I have moderately strong and clear goals that stimulate challenging work.

    Answer     A. I strongly disagree. B. I disagree. C. I neither disagree or agree. D. I agree. E. I strongly agree.

     

    Statement 4. I have interesting work and the chance to learn new skills in my job.

    Answer     A. I strongly disagree. B. I disagree. C. I neither disagree or agree. D. I agree. E. I strongly agree.

     

    Statement 5. I get clear feedback on my performance. And the tasks, assignments, concerns and goals are clearly communicated to me.

    Answer:    A. I strongly disagree. B. I disagree. C. I neither disagree or agree. D. I agree. E. I strongly agree.

     

    Statement 6. I am reasonably satisfied that I am paid the going rate for my job.

    Answer     A. I strongly disagree. B. I disagree. C. I neither disagree or agree. D. I agree. E. I strongly agree.

     

    Statement 7. I enjoy pleasant working conditions, safety on the job and safe and up-tp-date equipment.

    Answer     A. I strongly disagree. B. I disagree. C. I neither disagree or agree. D. I agree. E. I strongly agree.

     

    Statement 8. Management are supportive and they give me effective leadership.

    Answer     A. I strongly disagree. B. I disagree. C. I neither disagree or agree. D. I agree. E. I strongly agree.

     

    Statement 9. My social relationships at work are gratifying. My co-workers give me support, recognition and they validate me as a person.

    Answer     A. I strongly disagree. B. I disagree. C. I neither disagree or agree. D. I agree. E. I strongly agree.

     

    Statement 10. The work I do is valued by society. It gives me a sense of purpose in life and it makes a real difference in the life of others.

    Answer     A. I strongly disagree. B. I disagree. C. I neither disagree or agree. D. I agree. E. I strongly agree.

     

    How to score this Job Satisfaction questionnaire

    Score Answer A. I strongly disagree as one point.  B. I disagree as two points. C. I neither disagree or agree as three points. D. I agree as four points. E. I strongly agree as five points.

    List your answers in order of the highest points you gave them. Those at the top of the list give you most job satisfaction. These are the strengths of your job and the trick is to build on these. So that you get even more satisfaction from them.

    You need to look at all the other items very carefully to see if and how you can improve them. You may be able to sort some of these out by yourself. But you will need to get your boss or your colleagues help to improve others. And the nature of the job may mean that there is no way to improve some of the issues. You may just have to live with them.

     

    Sources

    http://www.amazon.com/Positive-Psychology-Science-Happiness-Flourishing/dp/1111834121/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1411671998&sr=8-3&keywords=Peter+Warr+1999

    http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCDV_94.htm 

     

     

     

     

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    We can use positive psychology to improve how we live our lives. So I love to share my understanding of it with others. To help them grow and flourish as I have. The posts on this blog set out to do just that. You need a lot of skill to make a relationship a happy one. So I write about relationship skills. Skills you can learn how to use in your own relationship. To keep it in good shape. To solve problems that may arise in it. And to improve the quality of your relationship. To make both of you happy.