Often, when thinking about their job satisfaction, people point out all that is wrong that lies outside of their control. My manager is unreasonable; my team does not understand the big picture; the company’s vision is lacking.
They think contentment is possible if only the circumstances were different.
This one-sided outlook results in dissatisfaction following them around no matter the circumstances. Therefore, it is essential to make changes to increase your satisfaction before rushing into an executive job search.
But, when you cannot blame your unhappiness on others, where do you start to improve your job satisfaction?
If you find that you are feeling unsatisfied in your current position, the first place to start is with reflection. Perhaps you lack strong relationships with your manager and colleagues. In reflecting on these relationships, reflect to consider what you can do to mend or build these relationships. Self-reflection offers insight and builds ownership in how your actions impact the situations around you.
2. Know Your Value and Ask for It
Resentment and unhappiness often stem from feeling devalued. If you think you are not being paid your worth and have objective proof of this being the case, it may be time to ask for a raise. Feeling as though you are fairly compensated for the value you bring to the company is a surefire way to improve job satisfaction in your current position.
3. Ask for the Support You Need
Jobs are getting more and more complex, and the skills required of executives are expanding. Therefore, frustration can stem from feeling as though you are not performing at the level you are expected to, whether you are overwhelmed by a new position or expanding your repertoire of skills. First, show yourself some grace as you learn new skills to perform the tasks required of you. Secondly, express your frustration with your manager and ask for the support you need. Feeling understood and supported eases the frustration and improves your overall performance resulting in higher satisfaction with your position.