So I don’t want to talk about the something that happened.
It’s not true but perception is perception and has to be dealt with. I’m objective enough to realise that… and this is corporate, so aside from the lovely benefits, there is also a fair bit of politicking that goes on. I’m not great at it but I will deal with the fall out.
ANYWAY, so I had a coffee with my ex-ex Wonderful Boss and in the talking, we got onto something that gave me quite the aha moment.
|this has nothing to do with the post except that this photo and the beach in general makes me very happy!|
I've previously spoken about these 3 components of job satisfaction. The three components are purpose, mastery and whether people will pay you for the thing in question. If they won't pay, it's a hobby, not a job :) That link will take you to the post with a podcast. Well worth listening to.
Right, so we spoke about these 4 things and how it directly impacts my current job feelings:
- purpose (I do still believe in the ultimate purpose of this kind of work)
- mastery (hmm, about 50% there and the other stuff is mostly things I never even want to do *excel work, I'm looking at you!*)
- autonomy (yes, yes and yes - I have a high need to structure and control my own work, and to work independently. I just looked it up and Merriam says "self-directing freedom" YESSSSS!) obviously I have basically zero of that.....and my psychometric tests are at least an 8 on all 3 counts.
- ability to influence (also mostly missing but is a key need of mine at work - I love co-collaboration and all that jazz, it's different to teamwork BTW)
Those of you who are interested in career-type things might recognise the first 3 points from Dan.iel Pi.nk's book, D.rive. He says those first three must be present for people to be motivated
Those 4 things were my aha moment. I took ex-ex-boss's scribblings and keep taking them out to have a read through.
What do you think?
What are the things that give you job satisfaction?
(whether or not you're employed for mo.ney)
In other news, guess what I did yesterday for two hours as part of my job? Photography. Yes! Crazy. Am taking the big camera back in tomorrow for more of the same!