A question I sometimes ask clients when they are presenting with a high level of dissatisfaction in their roles is, “Out of 10 how engaged and happy are you in your job?” 10 being they are engaged and very happy, while a 1 being they are very miserable and struggling to get through each day. No doubt you have encountered a similar approach when you entered an emergency room of a hospital. The medical staff will assess the level of pain you are in to allocate the appropriate wait time and medical staff to assist you.
It is not uncommon for me to encounter clients who report a response of 2, 3, 4, or 5 out of 10. If you think about it, when someone says 5 they are just OK. They are going through the motions and that is about all. It is fine! Anything below they are really struggling and often they report that they are not sure how long they can keep it up. While it is easy for some to dismiss it and brush it off with a fly away comment such as “No one likes their job – get over it” or “Its a first world problem” the reality is for some, it is not that easy and it has negative impacts on all areas of their life. It is near on impossible to split who we are at work and home – we are the one being.
If you think about the saying “How we spend our days, is how we live our lives” when someone is so unhappy and disengaged in their work, it is taking a lot of energy – emotional and physical to get through each day, As a consequence, sadly a lot of their life is not being spent living at their optimum.
If it were a friend or family member I am sure you would not like to see them experience such negativity and pain day in day out. The same rings true for yourself. If you are reporting a 5 or below when it comes to job satisfaction it may be time to consider making some changes.
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