In a recent www.conference-board.org survey “US Job Satisfaction Declines”, over 50% of Americans revealed that they are dissatisfied with their jobs. In one Gallop poll sited on the internet but unsubstantiated, this “ailing work force” is costing employers $350 billion dollars in lost productivity.
Over half of the American workforce experiences feelings of dissatisfaction, anger, fear, hopelessness, under appreciation, mistreatment, dishonesty, lack of communication, and a number of other unpleasant feelings of dread.
Michael McLaughlin of “Gorilla Marketing for Consultants” and Management Consulting News fame conducted a fantastic interview, part of the Masterminds Series, with author and Management consultant Patrick Lencioni.
Lencioni’s The 3 Signs of a Miserable Job:
1. Anonymity: “People need to be understood and appreciated by someone in a position of authority”.
Analysis: As Lencioni states, most people are taught to separate their work and home lives. This separation often makes it difficult for management and employees to become more personally acquainted and this results in fewer instances of honest communication, words of praise, or expressions of appreciation for an employee’s solid work.
2. Irreverence: “Everyone needs to know their job matters to someone”.
Analysis: People want their work to be recognized and valued. Ultimately they want to feel purposeful or on purpose.
3. Immeasurement: “Employees need to be able to gauge their progress and level of contribution for themselves”.
Analysis: “Is this my purpose and am I doing what I am on this planet to do–my life’s work?