Job defines a person’s role in society and thus, indicates one’s value and how efficient one is. Since earlier times, young aspirants have always been on the look for a job with good pay.
However, such ideals are changing for the good now. Well, it is not to say that the monetary benefits of a profession can be sidelined in the light of work satisfaction, but rather to highlight the fact that money is not everything that one desires.
There is a bulk of research done on working individuals and the kind of jobs, in which employees’ burnout before their forties.
Apart from reaping the quantitative benefits of a job, there are many merits of getting into a profession that gives one’s pleasure and enjoyment. Here the article spells out the reasons to love a job.
Interest and Aptitude
Before choosing a career, it is crucial to make a judgment whether one has aptitude and interest in the field he/she is stepping into.
Most often than not, the benefit outweighs aptitude as people are most likely to take up jobs that interest them even a little. On the other hand, aptitude or the necessary skill or potential that can actually polish with little training gets its due attention in lesser cases.
So if a person, has both interest and aptitude in a particular job, he/she will love his job.
Imagine doing the same activity every day for around 40-50 years (how boring right). In several surveys, it has been found that most jobs that are or become monotonous and repetitive lead to job burnout.
However, jobs which offer employees to experiment and put their creativity to use, help individuals stay dedicated and zealous about the jobs.
Several pieces of research have shown that individuals who get acquainted with perform challenging tasks quickly adapt to changing demands and environment.
While recruiting individuals for a company, recruiters often ask the question why do you want this job, what are your expectations from this job?
This is just to know whether the firm’s goal and the individual’s goals match or not. When these goals don’t match, such a situation cause much stress to the individual, who feels restricted and discouraged.
For instance, an individual with a penchant for creative writing might feel highly demotivated, if his/her profession demands a repetitive style of writing and leaves no space for imagination and creativity.
Hence, when individuals goals match with that of the organization specially in a start-up, the individual is likely to be enthusiastic and interested in the job.
In work satisfaction, the work environment has a pivotal role to play. Many times we come across individuals, who are unhappy with their job, not because of the kind of work they are given but rather the work environment they are subjected to.
Harsh encounters with the boss, too much workload, less time for personal lives, no time for vacations and negatively competitive colleagues all account for a person hating their job.
Hence, when individuals are given priority, allowed to take up responsibilities and challenges by setting a realistic deadline and ensured of a cooperative yet competitive work life, chances are they will be more engrossed and committed to the job.
Professional and personal development
An individual’s self-image gradually develops over time, and his/her work experience plays a vital role in shaping it. A person’s self-efficacy, self-esteem and self-worth are further determined by the kind of skills he/she has.
Professionally speaking, experiences like promotion, achievement, awards etc. all help the person strengthen his/her self-image. An individual’s growth in a job determines his/her work satisfaction and is also one of the biggest reason to appreciate oneself and the task one performs.
With too much being spoken about qualitative reasons to love a job, it is essential to highlight here that a relatively important part emerges out of the monetary perks too.
Independence and autonomy are the key terms that one wants to tag it to their name after they get a job. Both freedom and autonomy are a result of the financial reward one gets after working for a prolonged time.
And while it may be true to some extent that work satisfaction is essential, but the financial perks of a job are still given much priority.
Once a person gets into a career, responsibilities come tied with it; hence, much weight is given to the thought of whether to actually look for work satisfaction or the financial strain that will follow, and most often, a decision is taken in favor of the latter while the former being sidelined for some time.
However, in the long run, reasons to love one’s job are both a blend of qualitative and quantitative factors.