In a 2012 survey, some 65% of workers said they were dissatisfied at work. That’s a lot of employees not fully engaged with what they are doing, and a lot of employers with uninterested staff.
Jobseekers are often too concerned with finding a job paying a large salary, than one that ultimately makes them happy. Work is a means to earn money, but money shouldn’t be the only thing that influences a decision when it comes to looking for employment; you are unlikely to be happy doing a job that is stressful of boring. If you choose a career that doesn’t suit your personality you become unhappy and no one wants a job they hate.
There is a general consensus that once an employee has the minimum skill set required for a job, the key to whether they will be successful is largely determined by their soft skills; how they think, work, and interact and how they fit within the culture of the organisation they join. It’s hard enough to get along with others when there’s a personality clash, so imagine how hard it is to be happy in career that does the same thing. As when looking for a partner, you want to find a career that complements your character, not conflicts with it.
For example, if you’re adventure-seeking, you might not do well sitting behind a desk all day. On the same token, if you’re reserved you might not do well in a job that requires a lot of social interaction.
By discovering more about yourself and identifying your own character, it is possible to find a company, roles and teams where you are a good fit. Your key character traits - and how they fit within the culture of the organisation or teams you join - are key to your career happiness.
Google for example, is famous for its employee perks, from free haircuts, fitness equipment, laundry facilities and on-site medical staff. But one of the reasons why the company is so successful, with happy, engaged employees, is that they are a good fit for its culture.
This ViewsOnYou profile of Google lists the key traits of its employees as:
Short bursts of high energy
Caring, but self first
So would you fit the culture at Google? This snapshot is indicative of Google as a whole; specific teams or groups may have a completely different culture where you fit equally well, but it does give an idea of what one company is like compared to another. Compare Google to Apple for example.
Finding a job that complements your character is key, but you need to first understand what your own key traits are, and identify what you can bring to an organisation. Research companies on sites such as Glassdoor and ViewsOnYou to discover more about what it is like to work there. Only then will you find a company where your personality and character fit well. Without knowing that, it’s just luck if you fall into a job where you are a really happy.
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