Now summer break has ended, you may wonder: which tasks am I going to continue first? According to Eva Knies, professor Strategic Human Resource Management, job satisfaction is largely produced by the feeling that you are adding a purposeful contribution to an organization’s targets.
How do you achieve this feeling?
“By looking beyond the everyday and setting goals and priorities. It’s pleasant not to mindlessly plough through your mailbox after you return from vacation. Rather ask yourself; What would I like to do until, say, Christmas?; Am I satisfied with my position within the team?; How are we going to work towards this organization’s targets on a daily basis?; How does that improve my situation?; How does that improve the organization’s situation? Answering these questions is important in order to achieve job satisfaction. A lot of questions and requests will seem a lot less intimidating.”
Does that actually achieve happiness at work?
“That takes a little more, but it helps being able to identify with the mission and targets of the organization that employs you. Are they doing things you actually find important and interesting? Do you like being part of them? In the public sector you often see people finding satisfaction and gratification from the fact that they are nursing patients or educating students.”