Quick Assessment of Why You Hate (or Love) Your Job

I have a lot of conversations with people who feel very frustrated and unhappy in their jobs, only they don’t know why. I felt this way in the past about my job, but I didn’t have someone to talk to who could help me figure out what to do. So I am glad to have these conversations.

What about you? Have you ever felt this way? Do you feel this way now?

I have a quick and easy assessment you can use to help you identify some changes you can make to feel more satisfied, even happy, in your job.

1.  Make a list of the tasks and activities you perform in a typical work week. What is it that you spend your time on, day in and day out?

2.  Now take a look at your list and, very quickly, mark the items you enjoy doing with ‘+’.

3.  Next, quickly mark the items you hate doing with a ‘-’. (We all have tasks we can’t stand. That’s normal.)

4.  Finally, mark the items you feel neutral or ambivalent toward with a ‘0’.

5.  Excellent! Now tally up your scores. Count the ‘+’, ‘-’, and ‘0’.

Great work. You’ve just completed the quick assessment. If you want to love your job, your goal is to maximize the ‘+’s and minimize the ‘-’s. Take a look at the details of your typical workweek, and look for opportunities to do just that.

Here are two examples of how this might work.

Tracy discovered that she only had one or two activities that she truly enjoyed doing. But she didn’t have any items she hated. Instead, her average work week was filled with tasks that scored a ‘0’. She felt nothing toward them. As she began to consider past jobs, she realized that she used to love these tasks and activities, but now they bored her. She just found them uninteresting. What Tracy wanted, and needed, in order to love her job again was to seek new challenges.

Michelle on the other hand scored most of her items with a ‘-’. She just hated all the tasks. Her company had gone through a lot of changes in the past year, so she repeated the test using activities from an average work week from a year ago. Michelle discovered that she loved her job then, and scored many more ‘+’s last year. As she compared the lists of tasks, she realized that she had moved from being a project and team lead into a role of expert resource. She felt like she had been moved to the sidelines. Michelle now knew that she needed a job where she could be a team leader or project manager.

What about you? How does your job score? What changes do you need to make to be happier at work?

I invite you to share your thoughts and questions below.

 

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Client Stories

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?


I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?


Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit me...it was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?


Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?


Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing Sherlock...to be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.

LORI ROCKS!!!!!!

Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA