How Job-Satisfaction Influence Your Life-Quality

When it comes to creating the life of your dreams and creating that irresistible you, it’s important that you give attention to as many areas of your life as possible. One of the most influential and important areas to give attention to and make sure is in balance is your job-satisfaction.

Do you love your job or do you just tolerate it for the sake of surviving?

The reality is that we spend most of the hours when we are awake at work… to be exact, on average we spend 92.120 hours on work over a lifetime, and if we hate our job that means that we waste a total of 21% of our life doing something we don’t like.  (Numbers based on a 76 year lifespan and assuming we get 8 hours of sleep every night).

Therefor it’s absolutely crucial that we remain conscious of just how important our job-satisfaction is to our overall life satisfaction.

And in fact, did you know that your job satisfaction is the most critical factor for your overall life satisfaction and well-being? According to research done by a team of economists at the University of Aberdeen, job satisfaction is over and above satisfaction with family, leisure time, health, finance, and social life.

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The research, led by Professor Ioannis Theodossiou, Dr David McCausland, and Kostantinos Pouliakas, of the Centre for European Labour Market Research (CELMR) at the University of Aberdeen Business School, highlights a number of key findings which demonstrate the link between job satisfaction and quality of life.

Even though the countries studied were Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK, we would be likely to find the same results in the US, Canada and other North Atlantic countries.

“It is widely accepted that European workers are becoming more stressed by time constraints and deadlines and since work is an overwhelmingly important part of most of our lives, the satisfaction we derive from our jobs is a major factor in how happy we are as individuals.”

So, now that you know the importance of your job-satisfaction, I want to introduce you to 10 of the best ways of increasing and maintaining your love of the work you do.

8 Ways to increase your job-satisfaction

#1 Organize your work and set daily goals. Make your desk an efficient center with resources at your fingertips. Take a comprehensive view of your daily workload, and reorganize to be more effective. To the extent possible, you can alternate the unappealing tasks with those that you enjoy. Plan each day on what you intend to accomplish. Meeting the goal at the end of the day will bring a sense of satisfaction.

#2 Create new Challenges. If you feel that your job is dull and boring, it may be because you’re not challenged any more.

Few people are bored when they first start a new job. There is too much to learn, too many new skills to master.

But now, you may be feeling complacent because nothing new ever happens in your workplace. Give yourself a new challenge in your job. Volunteer to learn a new skill or job rating. Take on the task of organizing the company picnic or holiday party. Put together a company weight-loss competition. Get involved with something new and completely different from your daily tasks to perk up your interest in your everyday work.

#3 Build on your relationship with your employer. Make your job more meaningful by understanding the mission and goals of your organization and taking part in furthering its objectives.

This may mean volunteering for a task force or committee whose work interests you, or simply getting clear on how your work participation benefits the organization.

#4 Improve Your Environment. A disorganized work environment makes every task more difficult, and looking around at dull walls doe’s nothing good for anyone’s mood.

So start to improve your day-to-day enjoyment of your job by making your environment as pleasant as possible. If you have a cubicle or office, clean and organize the entire area. Get an attractive desk set as well as shelf organizers and baskets. Even if you work in a retail establishment or restaurant, you can organize your general area to make it a more efficient work space.

#5 Learn to meditate at work. recent study from Harvard Medical School and the Bender Institute of Neuroimaging in Germany found that meditation allowed for more control over emotions.

Participants in the study mentioned above had never practiced meditation before, but as they continued to meditate, they developed a stronger ability to control their emotions, which can help you focus on the good in your job, rather than the bad.

According to Huffington Post contributor Gina Soleil, we need to learn to meditate at work. Her advice: go to the bathroom. “You’ve left that boring meeting so you can hang out in a bathroom stall with peace and quiet for five minutes. The bathroom is always the perfect excuse to leave anything. And now the bathroom has just become your meditation space.”

#6 Interact with coworkers and Make a Work Friend. Develop relationships with coworkers and others in the organization. Exchanging ideas and experiences can further your knowledge and skills, and also add meaning to your work.

Friendships at work increase employee satisfaction by 50 percent.

A recent study has found a significant correlation between having friends at work and overall job satisfaction and performance. Employees are estimated to be seven times more productive if they have a close friend in the office.

#7 Set some self-improvement goals. Think about how you can add to your learning and skills at your work, so it will bring you some personal satisfaction in moving toward your goals.

This could be to improve your computer skills, to learn a technical skill related to your work, to improve your writing, or to become more organized and efficient.

#8 Laugh more at work. A recent Gallup poll found that people who smile and laugh at work are more engaged in their jobs. And the more engaged you are the happier and more enthusiastic you’ll be.

This won’t just trickle down to the quality of your work; people will want to have you on their team. Plus: couldn’t we all use a laugh?

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