If you really love the job you are in, you will most likely be aware of that, and you probably want to stay there at least for the near-future. The same goes for a job you hate – you are most likely looking for another position right now.
What happens if you are in a job that puts you somewhere in the middle? Should you look for something else that’s potentially better? It’s a really difficult decision to make that many of us will have to face at some point in our career.
If you are in this position, take a look at some of the well-recognised job qualities and see if your current role makes the cut.
1. You are respected and appreciated. You know that you will be rewarded and praised for a job well done. Your opinions matter and you are trusted.
2. You respect and appreciate your colleagues. You might not agree with everything they say, but you enjoying solving problems with them and consider them to be smart people.
3. Your salary matches (or exceeds) your needs. Your benefits and salary meet your saving and spending targets.
4. You can manage the work/life balance. A number of factors are associated with this point. Are you happy with the amount of holiday you get? Are you happy with your hours? Is the location OK? Can you work from home if you need to?
5. You feel that you are making a difference. When you finish your days work, do you feel you contributed to something, or affected someone in a meaningful way?
6. You feel competent doing your job, or you are working towards it. You feel that you are great at what you do, or given time, you will be.
7. You are growing and learning. Instead of doing the same monotonous tasks every single day, you are able to do others things and learn new skills. This keeps your role interesting and fresh.
8. You enjoy your day-to-day duties. Nearly every job has some negative elements to it. But overall, you enjoy the daily work that you do.
How to evaluate your job
- Score each of these points on a 1-10 scale (1 strongly disagree and 10 strongly agree).
- Add up the points.
- What’s your total? If it’s over 55, it’s promising, but if it’s below, you might want to makes some changes at work.