Happy in Your Job? No!
There are people who spend hours reading job listings in newspapers or on career websites. Job seekers who search out intensive counseling regarding the outline of their curriculum vita or their behavior during a job interview. These people are actively searching because they need or want a new place of employment.
We believe, however, that basically everyone is a job seeker, even those who are not actively looking for a new job, as soon as they are open to hear about job offers: Passive job seekers.
Correspondingly, almost every adult is a job seeker. Some are active but even many more passive. Only very few are really happy with their current jobs.
Whether you are happy in your job is influenced mainly by three factors:
1) The work content
Am I fulfilled by what I am doing all day?
Do I have opportunities to keep growing?
Do I do something useful?
Do I enjoy my work?
How high is my workload?
2) The environment
Do I have nice collections? Do we get along? Is there a good mood?
How good is my connection to the boss? Do I receive recognition for my work?
Do I like the environment that I work in: The city, the neighborhood that my place of employment is in, the office and the other facilities that I experience every day, from the lobby to the canteen.
How satisfied am I with my commute? Can I ride my bike during good weather, or do I have to ride the bus for an hour and transfer 3 times?
3) The compensation
Am I happy with my compensation?
Can I live well on it?
Do I receive enough as compared to others?
Is there a bonus or other motivating factors?
In the ideal case you can evaluate all three factors positively.
If that is the case: Congratulations – You are happy in your job!
That this is true only in rare cases has been proved by diverse studies (such as eg the Deloitte Shift Index or the Kelly Global Work Index Index).
Starting when are you happy or dissatisfied though?
Everyone is at least latently dissatisfied who is not 100% happy anymore with one of the three above mentioned factors. (If two or three of the above mentioned factors are on the slide though, you may already count as an active job seeker.)
These latent dissatisfied employees generally derive the costs and effort associated with actively looking for something new. The situation is still "tolerable", is what you think as a "passive job seeker".
We have a different opinion: Employees who are unhappy have lower performance levels and in the long term hurt themselves and the company they work for.
So what can you do?
Presenting themselves in one of the numerous career platforms with curriculum vita and photo "will not suit" most passive job seekers. After all, you do not want to disclose to your social network nor your colleagues or even your employer that you are looking.