From the moment you stepped into your job, you felt it; the pressure, the anxiety, and the heaviness of the atmosphere. Thinking back to the day you started, you remember the only person in the office that acknowledged you was the guy from the IT department when he showed you to your desk, set-up your computer, and took you to the training room where you spent the next two-days alone watching introduction, safety, company policy, and orientation videos, reading the 200 page policy manual and taking the quizzes from each section. In fact, it wasn’t until two-days later that another co-worker noticed you and asked, “Who are you?” You made your acquaintance and she showed you around for introductions to the staff but they were all so busy they didn’t even have time to look up from their duties to greet you. After the introductions, you went to your desk to discover it was already over-run by files, agendas, half-finished projects and a note from your boss that said, “Welcome, these are the projects I need completed by Monday.”
This was not what you anticipated when you agreed to take this position, and now, three-years later, you can’t even get one-second to breathe in between duties because your boss has decided that you need even more to do. He handed you a “special project” with the deadline set for tomorrow afternoon and then you find out he was given this project two-weeks ago and he never even started the tasks that he is required by company policy to do in order to begin the process and if that isn’t enough, he’s leaving for a conference in one-hour and won’t return until next week (this isn’t the first time he pulled this stunt). Meanwhile, your desk looks like the aftermath of a roadside bomb, your voice mail indicator light started flashing three-days ago, your email inbox is overflowing with messages flagged “urgent,” and the mandatory all-staff meeting scheduled for Friday was moved up and you have exactly three minutes before it starts.
Are you overwhelmed and stressed yet? You should be, provided your current job situation is anything like this scenario!
If this was not what you anticipated when you took this position, what were your expectations? Did you think you would be paraded around like royalty for introductions and trained with kid-gloves to do your job duties? Did you think you would have the cooperation of co-workers when you needed help? Did you think your boss would answer your emails, return your calls, or talk to you without a scheduled appointment? Did you really think that “Occasional overtime” really meant occasionally?
Obviously you didn’t think! That’s right, you didn’t think to ask the right questions when you interviewed for the job. Only you know what’s best for you and this was probably one of those times when you didn’t place your professional needs and desires first; other than your need to have a job because of financial obligations and perhaps the desire to work on a full-time basis. This is the difference between having a satisfactory job or job satisfaction. It all boils down to being responsible and accountable for your own happiness, and if you aren’t prepared to ask some tough questions of the employer during an interview, chances are, you will always find yourself in the wrong positions, the wrong company, the wrong environment and furthermore, unhappy that you have to spend so much of your time working in an unfulfilling and unrewarding job. It’s a vicious cycle.
Although it’s a little late to change the bad choice you made to take this job, it isn’t too late to start searching for job satisfaction somewhere else. This doesn’t mean to quit your present job, as you probably need it to make ends meet; however, it does mean preparing yourself to start looking elsewhere for opportunities that will fulfill your professional needs and desires, rather than thinking things will eventually get better in your current job, since we all know, “Eventually” is pretty much the equivalent of “Never” where employers are concerned.
So, how do you prepare for finding job satisfaction? Find out in the next article “Preparing to Find Job Satisfaction”