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Is your job right for you?
On finding work that you love.
On finding work that you love.
Finding the right place to work is neither simple nor easy. Several studies show that between 70 and 78 percent of us say that we are not fully engaged in our current job. Yet a healthy fit between employer and employee is critical to activating great performance and meeting our powerful human needs for connection to others, engagement, and contribution. When a company is the right work fit for an employee, everyone breathes a sigh of relief and basks in the joy of someone bringing their professional gifts to a company they jive with. People who are in the right job for them feel increased engagement, happiness, productivity, serenity, and joy. Healthy work fit exists, and it is worth pursuing.
The Work Fit Manifesto
As important as work fit is, finding it for ourselves always requires a series of trade-offs, and there’s no such thing as perfect work fit. What makes sense today simply may not make sense tomorrow, and this very fact means we will be re-calculating the fit equation about our work situation many, many times in the course of our lives. That said, deliberately seeking work fit requires two steps
1. Rigorous Self-Awareness
On the quest to find an ideal organisation for you, the best starting point is a long, hard look in the mirror and asking yourself, “What really matters to me?” Self-discovery is a lifelong process and for most of us, our learning and insight forms in layers, over time, as we mature and grow.
2. Honest, Thorough Assessment
Our research points to six interconnected elements of work fit that matter individually, as well as in conjunction: meaning, job, culture, relationship, lifestyle, and financial fit. People who are happy at work, love their jobs, and feel a high degree of work fit have at least three of the core elements working for them, and none of the elements is causing regular pain. Use the Work Fit Checklist (below) to figure out how your current position fulfils your fit equation, for now.
Meaning Fit (Meaning fit exists when you feel that what you do matters.)
How many items did you check for Meaning Fit?
Job Fit (Job Fit exists when the responsibilities of your job align with your talents.)
How many items did you check for Job Fit?
Culture Fit (Culture fit exists when your values and beliefs are compatible with the practices of your employer.)
How many items did you check for Culture Fit?
Relationship Fit (Relationship fit exists when you like and respect the people you work with and you receive appropriate support and trust to do your job.)
How many items did you check for Relationship Fit?
Lifestyle Fit (Lifestyle fit exists when your life outside of work is supported by your employer’s policies and practices.)
How many items did you check for Lifestyle Fit?
Financial Fit (Financial fit exists when you feel that you are paid fairly and when your compensation meets your needs.)
How many items did you check for Financial Fit?
Congratulations! You now have a reasonably good assessment of how you are feeling about your current work situation.
What your score might indicate
Don’t let yourself settle for a poor work fit. If you find that your current job isn’t satisfying you in multiple areas, you owe it to yourself, your community, and the world to acknowledge that and begin doing what it takes to find a better situation for you, either by asking for changes in your current position or looking for something else. To solve the complex problems facing humanity, we need the magic that happens when people are working in the right job at the right organisation.