Is Job Satisfaction a Myth?
"Americans are growing increasingly unhappy with their jobs. Half of all Americans today say they are satisfied with their jobs, down from nearly 60 percent in 1995 ... only 14 percent say they are 'very satisfied,'" according to a recent survey.
86% of workers are mis-employed
A recent survey shows 50% of workers are "dissatisfied" with their jobs. And 36% are only "somewhat satisfied." “Rapid technological changes, rising productivity demands and changing employee expectations have all contributed to the decline in job satisfaction,” says Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board’s Consumer Research Center. Is that true for you?
In the beginning was the work
God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule...God blessed them...Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it." Man was made and blessed to work.
Ground upon which we work - cursed
After Adam and Eve sinned, God said "Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread." Does the ground upon which you work at times seem cursed?
Are you super-employed?
If you are, then you would be one of the 14% of U.S. workers who would say, "I like, love or am very satisfied with my job." Wow! How great would that be? Working in your gifts and passions. Happy with your boss and pay. Nothing could be better than that, right?
From mis-employed to super-employed
There is a path from job mis-fit to maximizing career success. Your first step is to read, write and remember this instruction: "As you have received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as a good steward of the manifold grace of God." What are your gifts? Who can you serve?
Walk in the work to which you are called
It has been guess-timated that only 1% of the workforce is walking in their calling, yet "we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." Whether you are super-employed, mis-employed or even unemployed, to walk in work God prepared is to be fully-employed by the One Who has made you. If that's true, what does that mean for you?
Thirsty for satisfaction?
Even in the most horrible of jobs, you can find satisfaction because true fulfillment and contentment cannot be found in any job. It can only be found in Jesus, Who promised, "but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life." (John 4:14)
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