by Robyn Crigger
Over the past two years, more employees have become more dissatisfied with their jobs and their employers. The key factor is “not feeling appreciated” and/or “not being given opportunities to grow, learn and develop” by their employers.
Though I don’t like anyone to feel unhappy in his or her job, I would also not want anyone to change from a mediocre job to a miserable job. People need to evaluate the core issue of this problem. There are quite a few “bad employers” who are disrespectful of their employees or completely ruthless and cruel taskmasters. Therefore, I try to encourage the individual to evaluate his or her circumstances and determine if this situation can be resolved.
Once I heard a person relay that “Work is WORK – not playtime. Therefore, people shouldn’t complain about work being hard.” There is some truth to that, but a person’s position also shouldn’t be demeaning as people are giving of themselves to that employer for 8 (or whatever) hours a day and being compensated. Therefore, if a person has selected or accepted a position to match his or her skills and capabilities for fair wages, what is the real complaint? Why did they choose or accept the position?
No job is perfect, so what is expected or wanted from your chosen career or position?
- Are you able to use your skills and talents to benefit others? Then that offers its own reward.
- Are your working conditions fair/acceptable and safe?
- Is your employer respectful of you?
- Are you mistreated?
- Are you paid fairly and timely as you were promised?
- Are there other benefits that the employer provides? (i.e. insurance, vacation…)
- Has your employer made promises that have ...