Sunday, 9 October 2011

About loving your job

When you hail from an HR background you tend to dissect everything that`s going around at your workplace and even about your own job.

Sometimes it`s difficult to decide whether you truly love your job or not. Frankly it`s not just about the perks but the perks form part of the decision. If you had a better office/desk/computer/toilet/kitchen would that make you happier? Or are you more intent on the content of your job, on the quality of responsibility you have or on the attitude of your co-workers? 

And when that moment comes, where you realise that you are happy in your workplace, that you truly love your job, is that feeling some sort of emancipation? 

Do you feel comfortable talking about your job, without have to brag or to enhance your importance/responsibilities at your workplace? 

If you do feel comfortable about your job, then you are really happy. But I don`t need to tell you about that.

Don`t know if you`ve heard about intrinsic satisfaction. It`s a basic concept about satisfaction that comes from the job instead rather than from the benefits derived from the job. 

And intrinsic satisfaction is the best sort of satisfaction ever, take it from me. 


  1. Intrinsic satisfaction here too.

    One thing I learnt was that, most often than not, you stop doing what you love as your managerial responsibilities grow. No wonder why a lot of people hate climbing up the ladder.

  2. The worst thing is that climbing up the ladder is definitely not it if you want to progress in your career. It`s great for someone who just wants to change job titles and responsibilities. True career progress comes from within I guess. It`s that moment when you realise you have the qualities and knowledge to lead, coach and mentor. Then, rather than having a hierarchical promotion, you`d rather just have the additional responsibility of imparting your knowledge to others by keeping on doing what you always did.

    Aspiring managerial positions as a natural career progression is lame in my opinion.