1 point = Never
2 points = Sometimes
3 points = Most of the time
___ 01. I like the people I work with.
___ 02. I feel respected by my boss.
___ 03. I feel respected by my co-workers.
___ 04. I feel like a valuable, contributing member of the team.
___ 05. I enjoy the work I do.
___ 06. I find my work challenging but not overwhelming.
___ 07. I feel satisfied at the end of the day.
___ 08. I may not be excited to go to work, but I don’t dread it.
___ 09. I find my office environment pleasant.
___ 10. I feel generally satisfied with my pay – I believe it is fair and adequate.
___ 11. I believe I have growth opportunities that meet my professional desires.
___ 12. I am supported and encouraged to learn new skills.
___ 13. My work is stressful at times but manageable.
Your Total Points = ____
If your total is …
32 to 39 points:
Congratulations! Your job sounds like a keeper. While things may not be rosy every day of the week, in general you experience all of the wonderful elements of a good job: challenge, respect, satisfaction and opportunity. When you’re feeling down or having a bad day, let it roll off your back – your job is most likely not to blame for long-term unhappiness. Continue to pursue professional and personal challenges that will provide further enjoyment of life.
26 to 31 points:
You’re not doing too badly. While there are definitely some areas you could improve, overall you answered “most of the time” or “sometimes” to the majority of these questions. Here’s the good news: You have a great opportunity to improve your work situation by going through this list and looking at the items you answered “sometimes” or “never” to. These are the areas to focus some serious attention on. Perhaps if you improve some of your work relationships, seek new challenges or inquire about growth opportunities you’ll find your job satisfaction increase dramatically. Remember that job happiness is dependent on four main elements: challenge, respect, satisfaction and opportunity. Overall, your job has the potential to be a truly satisfying experience. It might take some work but it’s possible.
20 to 25 points:
Things aren’t going so well, are they? You answered “sometimes” or “never” quite a bit in this test. That’s not a good sign. Take a look at the areas where you answered “never” and try to understand why the problem has occurred. Is there anything you can do to change it? Perhaps a minor adjustment in one area of the job would have a significant impact on your entire experience. Consider the four main elements of job happiness: challenge, respect, satisfaction and opportunity. Where is yours lacking the most? Take some time to really consider what is going on and why. Take an honest look at yourself as well.
Make an effort to improve the situation as best you can but don’t be afraid to face the facts: This job may not be the right fit. And remember, a job that doesn’t work for you, works against you.
13 to 19 points:
You may be feeling down and it’s no surprise! You answered “never” and “sometimes” quite a bit in this test. Your job happiness level is low, but then, you probably already know that. Take a good hard look at what your job does offer you. Are you just going through the motions, collecting a paycheck and waiting for the weekend? If so, it’s time to realize that this is not the ONLY way. You can find a job you enjoy. Perhaps, you can even turn this one around. Give it a shot – you have nothing to lose at this point. Evaluate the four elements of job happiness: challenge, respect, satisfaction and opportunity. Ask yourself what you’re missing in each category. Are these things you can control? You might need to enlist the help of your boss or another superior or co-worker. Now is the time to make some improvements!
If you put your best foot forward and nothing changes, take a good look at what you want in life. Remember that a bad job can and will make you unhappy in other areas of your life. Don’t be a victim. Start planning and when the time is right, get out there and make things better. Get a new job, learn some new skills, do whatever it takes. But don’t let yourself wither away in a job where you answer “never” to many of the questions above.