When we're engaged at work, a good part of the work day can pass by so fast we hardly notice. You know the saying, "Time flies when you're having fun."
Why are so many of us disengaged?
It's all about the four pillars of career satisfaction: strengths, values, motivating skills, and interests. In order to be fulfilled in our work, we need to be using our natural talents on a regular basis. Ideally, our work, our manager's leadership style, and the culture we work in aligns with our values.
In addition, you want to inventory the skills you enjoy and those that burn you out. Most of us don't stop to reflect on how we currently spend our day - what we want more - and less - of.
Finally, our interests are highly influenced by our personality. There are six core career interest types: The Helper, The Doer, The Creator, The Persuader, The Thinker, and The Organizer. When you combine your primary and secondary preference, there are thirty possible career type orientations.
When I talk to people that hate their work, there is always a break down in one or more of these four pillars of career satisfaction.
"Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called everybody, and they meet at the bar." - Drew Carey
Pulling it together
Taking time to assess what your natural talents are, how you want to apply those talents daily (skills) and thinking about where you want to apply your talents and skills ensures your values are honored. Finally, considering how you are wired from a personality standpoint helps target your interests.
Do you want to help society? Do you want to create? Do you want mental challenges? Do you want to be a doer that works with your hands? Do you want to create processes and systems to create an organized work environment? Or do you want to be making the deals and persuading?
Take time to reflect on the four pillars of career satisfaction to diagnose where your career fulfillment breakdown is occurring!