The perfect job!
Posted by: Caféstudy
9th Mar 2017 01:58pm
Job satisfaction can be an enigma, and finding the perfect job is a dream for many people. To find out what really motivates people at work and what drives job satisfaction, we asked you to tell us about your ideal job and what you look for in an employer.
Trusted and valued
One of the most important things that people look for is an employer who trusts them and values them. Being treated as an important contributor to the business encourages employees to do their jobs better - and therefore provide a better service to customers.
"A good employer to look for is someone who makes employees first, then customers. Engaged employees brings happy customers."
"What I look for in an employer would mostly consist if they are good to their workers and also if they are interesting and have a good mindset for the future of the company."
"In an employer I look for a company that actually follows the eeo not just does lip service, one that follows through on their promises and has leadership that knows how to lead, one that understands that when I say my children come first I mean it."
Flexible working is also high on the wish list. People need to be able to manage their lives and families outside work. For an employer to understand that a job is not the most important thing in most people's lives, and at times their families and other commitments need to take priority, is a definite plus.
"I found my perfect job when my children were at school. Only working during school hours and having holidays off, my employers were very understanding if I needed time off due to children's activities at other schools."
"A good job for me, or as i like to call it my "ideal" job, would be school hours, close to home and a fairly decent wage. When I get a new job I give it my all and I expect the company I'm working for to be the same."
"It makes an employer go from average to great if they can understand the pressure everyday life puts on families."
A sense of purpose
It's not enough for an employer to just value their employees and provide them with flexible working conditions. The role itself needs to be fulfilling. There are two components of this, and the best jobs will have both. The first is that the job needs to be challenging and stimulating. This means different things to different people - for some it might be solving problems or constantly learning, while for others it might be the opportunity to travel, or even simply keeping busy and active.
"I really have little interest in money. A challenge - to solve what everyone else defines as impossible - is far more important."
"I used to be a sales rep travelling all over the state. Was a great and satisfying job meeting people and enjoying their hospitality and at the same time I was earning a living."
"I am always busy and it is interesting. There are a lot of good people that I work with and I enjoy my job."
"A perfect job is one where I can learn more, add to how things are done and get recognised by my peers for my contributions."
Perhaps most important though is the sense that the job has a purpose, and by doing it you are making a worthwhile contribution to the world, or making a difference.
"I've thrown myself into voluntarily working nightly with my friends among the street folk and homeless in the suburbs surrounding my home. While I loved my previous occupation, I love this current job far more, even though often it costs me money, instead of me earning it."
"I look for an engaging role that gives me a chance to make a big difference in all the customers that they touch."
"I love love LOVE my job! Although I deal with traumatic content all day, I get to see real positive social change happening & know that I'm contributing to that."
So it’s clear that while a big salary is nice to have, it's far from the most motivating factor. If you are currently feeling valued in a meaningful role, with flexible working thrown in, you’ve pretty much got it all!