5 Ways to Ultimate Job Satisfaction

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5 Ways to Ultimate Job Satisfaction


The economic face of our country is changing.  Cultures and generations are colliding and we’re smack dab in the middle of trying to define new norms and values. One half of the story is that we should feel good about our jobs and be passionate about what we do for a living…and gosh darn it, your “purposefulness” better have a philanthropic ring to it as well!  On the other side of employment we want to make $$$$.  I’m assuming the audience reading this has a standard of living that includes nice cars, couture clothing, dining out on a regular basis and the must-have vacations woven into their lives.  I mean, what family today hasn’t been to Disney?

The mission behind Workology

There’s a variety of folks from different industries that write for Workology.  Their sole purpose is to start “uncomfortable yet necessary” conversations that will, “Change HR and the world of work for the greater good.”  About a year ago, I became a contributor.  I’m a Relationship Systems Coach.  I work with culturally diverse and difficult organizational systems with one goal in mind.  Teach them how to –

Learn how to love CONFLICT – It’s the seeds for change! 

Sounds logical enough, right?  The problem is we’re “hard-wired”, or more accurately stated, taught how to CONTROL conflict – not see it as an opportunity for growth and change!  AND the 40 year olds and up have learned an Authoritarian style of leadership.  It basically means that decisions are made based on who has the highest rank and privilege…and everyone else can shut up and fall in line.

So as HR professionals, bloggers, consultants and coaches are attempting to change the world of work for the greater good…

5 Ways to Ultimate Job Satisfaction….for now.

(It might sound a little namby-pamby…but trust me, it works!)

  1. Be thankful you have one – As of 9/2013, 4 million people have been unemployed for six months or more.  The reality is you need money to live.
  2. Listen and Follow Directions – This is for all the young ‘ins.  Don’t be mad.  I’m just a truth-teller.  The 40 yr. olds are going to be around for another 20 something years and a good chuck of them are not collaborative.  You don’t have to like it, but it’s in your best interest to accept it.
  3. Stop complaining – Go to work and focus on doing your job.  Besides the money, write down 3 things that you value about your workplace/duties.  C’mon, it’s not like you’re working in a 3rd world country.  Focus on what “IS” instead of what isn’t.
  4. Be helpful – Take time out of your day to assist someone on the job.  It will show you care about others, and ultimately it will make you feel good about yourself.
  5. Be thorough. Stay goal-orientated – Don’t take short cuts.  It never works out in the long run.  Earn the reputation of being trustworthy and reliable.

Change doesn’t happen all at once.  We’re a country that needs to drop 100 lbs. of emotional baggage and learn new approaches to business.  We have to stop using the gastric bypass method.  If we lose the weight a little at a time and develop some new habits…we’ll be on our way to a more collaborative 21st century!  Accept what you cannot change.  Change the things you can.  If you don’t…you might lose your mind along the way and possibly your job because of your attitude.


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Kathleen Mangiafico

Kathleen Mangiafico, ORSCC is a Relationship Specialist. She works with individuals and organizations on how to navigate through cultural and generational conflict. With a mix of corporate/non-profit experience and a 19 yr. culturally rich marriage (with 3 vivacious boys!), she has the expertise to shift your perspective from, "Who's doing what to whom?" to "What's trying to happen for the sake of YOUR business relationship?" Connect with Kathleen.

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