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Some of your answers to the questions about your Work Satisfaction could legitimately be called Growth Opportunities. Also, continue to build on any Strengths outlined above in order to enhance the level of Work Satisfaction that you have already. By continuing to do what you are already doing well, you will be more able to benefit from the Growth Opportunities that were identified by the following questions.
I seem to be spending more time dealing with obstacles and difficulties in my work than on actually getting the job done.
It seems to be human nature to over-estimate the number of obstacles in our work. While it may feel like there are dozens of them, it's usually three or four which keep happening over and over. Take five minutes to clarify which are getting in your way. Perhaps you have little or no control over one or two of them but there are bound to be one or two where, with a little creativity, you can devise a way to get around these obstacles. Then, the time and energy you save can go back into getting your job done.
I feel that some of the important parts of my job don't get enough of my attention due to the urgent or "fire fighting" demands on my time.
Not getting your work done because you are faced with too many unexpected or unscheduled tasks may make it seem like you are always 'fighting fires'. There can be a number of different ways to deal with this issue:
Evaluate whether dealing with the unscheduled tasks needs to be done immediately. If not, schedule it to be addressed once you have dealt with the more important issues.
If you are in a position of authority and you are doing your subordinate's tasks, you can be creating an undesirable dependency. Clarify which of your 'firefights' can be delegated.
Investigate the ways that your colleagues deal with this issue. If they remain cool and collected, find out what they do to address their 'firefights'. If they are showing signs of stress, evaluate the habits that you have in common with them and then look for better habits to replace the bad ones.
I believe that most of the changes going on in this company will work out for the best.
If you want to see the big picture of where things are going and how senior management expects the future to be better, take these steps:
Ignore rumors as much as possible.
Check with co-workers to see if they can clarify your understanding.
If other people share your concerns, speak with your manager about getting an update on your team's progress.
Remember that it's human nature to be skeptical or even pessimistic when the future is unclear.
I feel motivated by my work.
Along with getting a promotion or pay raise, the biggest motivator for most of us at work is being able to use and be recognized for our unique talents and strengths in our work. Surprisingly, more than 85% of people have difficulty in quickly listing what exactly their strengths are. If you have any doubts about your strengths, make a list of them based on what others have told you and what you know about yourself. List the main tasks or responsibilities in your job and make the decision to use your strengths more effectively in dealing with these issues. Your motivation will improve and, probably, so will your performance.
I find it difficult to stay as motivated by my work as I would like to.
In most of our workdays, as much as 70% of our time is spent in performing routine and even mundane tasks. To stay motivated, look at the day or week ahead and focus on those several work activities which make up the more interesting 30% of your work. Make an effort to protect your time so that more of your work is of the motivating type. Perhaps, some of your co-workers would even be willing to trade some of their work for some of yours. Remind yourself about the things you do enjoy while you are doing some of your more motivating tasks.
Notes-to-Myself for my Personal Action Plan
The most important things I've learned from this section of StressPro™ for improving my Work Satisfaction are ...
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Note: At the conclusion of this "Work Life Vitality" part of your report on page #20, we will suggest you revisit these and other Notes-to-Myself as the overall basis for your designing your Personal Action Plan.
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