Energy Drainer – Employment you’re not happy with.

This topic may not have been my first choice to start the theme this week, but I fell on an interesting article that got me thinking. Written on Oct 19, 2011 http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2011/10/happiness It is an article by The Economist, an unlikely site to find Happiness as a topic perhaps…

“Are economists really better at predicting interest rates than the average person is at rating their own happiness?”

Really? Has this become such a huge issue? Are so many people out there across the world unhappy in their employment and they don’t know it?

(Note that I include stay-at-home parenting as employment/job)

A job offers a salary, an opportunity to learn from training, practice and project challenges in addition to interaction with colleagues. If these elements are met, I believe chances are high that you will be content, at least to some degree.

The Economist editorial encourages the new direction taken in economic analysis to include measures that affect the well-being of individuals. There is more to it than revenue.

Considering such elements as commute times, the option to work from home, part-time versus full-time, environment of work including green space, as well as the opportunity to interact socially, is important in establishing the level of satisfaction in employment. This will in turn help make the required changes if improvement is needed.

If you were to analyze your conditions of employment, what are the elements in your job that you can be grateful for? In contrast, what are the points of complaint? These will be your Energy Drainers. How do they look on a scale? Does it tip to one side? How are you maintaining your Energy Levels?

Many of us working full time jobs always hope to see a benefits side much more important than the other. We want to keep Energy Levels high enough (at least to survive through a day!!). We spend most of our lives at work after all! Sometimes, small issues can be worked out to improve an otherwise amazing situation of employment. Other times, it is just a matter of finding the job that suits us better. For some, entrepreneurship may be the ideal. For others, staying at home without paid employment is the better alternative. Maybe going back to school to work on a career change is a hidden wish to revisit. We each have our own realities, our own needs and desires.

Take the time to review your situation to see where you stand and what the ideal situation would be for you. Changes don’t come overnight, but they do start by identifying what it is you want!

 

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