Discontentment in the Workplace

Written by David Richter


While more people are finding employment, more employed workers are discontent and experiencing frustration. In most cases it can be boiled down to four factors: feeling undervalued, unappreciated and powerless, and world events.

You can possess a tremendous amount of creativity and skill, but if you arenít given opportunities to utilize and express these qualities to their fullest, frustration can quickly set in. For most employees, there is a huge differential between what they can bring torepparttar table andrepparttar 149332 responsibilities they have been given.

Itís rare that you hear of someone working a forty-hour week. These days, fifty and sixty-hour weeks have become commonplace. What hasnít changed is your compensation. Working a sixty-hour week yet getting paid for forty can feel out of balance. Itís certainly not conducive to feeling appreciated.

If you are a manager, this may sound familiar: You are given responsibility over a project and direct reports, yet you have not been givenrepparttar 149333 authority to produce positive change. As a result, you feel powerless. Itís similar to beingrepparttar 149334 commander of a ship with tremendous responsibility, yet not allowed to enforce any rules or have any control overrepparttar 149335 environment.

World events have a pronounced effect on our emotions andrepparttar 149336 way we tend to approach life. It's been said that a butterfly flapping its wings in one part ofrepparttar 149337 world affects life aroundrepparttar 149338 globe. We are all interconnected. To look atrepparttar 149339 current state of increasing discontent and frustration among employees everywhere as an isolated event may not be an accurate reflection of reality.

Avoid the 11 Costly Mistakes Career-Seekers Make

Written by Bill Dueease


Most people spend approximately 25% to over 67% of their waking hours working. Eventually, most everyone will want to work in a career that they enjoy and are paid well enough to live a prosperous life. Yet, far too many people end up being miserable in their job and find themselves stuck in a career that they did not choose. People then get discouraged, produce less, and become disgruntled. Unfortunately, people then blame themselves or those they work for, when in truth there is rarely anything wrong with them orrepparttar people they work for. Instead, maybe their job selection process is flawed which causes them to fall intorepparttar 149284 wrong positions.

You have considerable control over selecting your work conditions to getrepparttar 149285 position you are passionate about by following these 11 steps.

Step # 1 Avoid followingrepparttar 149286 normal trial and error career selection process

You probably followrepparttar 149287 trial and error path to select your job or career. You take jobs that appear to berepparttar 149288 best opportunities and try them out. You adjust to what your bosses andrepparttar 149289 companies want in hopes of advancement. You eventually discover that you are stuck in jobs or careers that you really don't like. You might switch to other jobs and try them out and eventually end up inrepparttar 149290 same unhappy position. You will want to avoid falling back intorepparttar 149291 trial and error selection process.

Step # 2 Avoid following a career path to please others

Many people feel obligated to follow a career to please others or that they feel they ďshouldĒ pursue. Spousal influence, peer pressure, family tradition, parental pressure, societal pressure, and other outside influences are frequently allowed to dictate career paths. In these situations, you end up working to suitrepparttar 149292 needs, wants and expectations of someone other than yourself and deep conflicts arise. These conflicts cause you stress, unhappiness and income reduction. You end up working at a position you do not like and eventually disappointrepparttar 149293 people you wanted to please inrepparttar 149294 first place.

Step # 3 Focus first on what you want and enjoy in your ideal career

You have your own inner wants, needs, and feelings. Many times it is easier to follow how others view you than to look for and acceptrepparttar 149295 truth about yourself. The only way you will know which career is best for you is to focus first on YOU to discover what YOU want and what is important to YOU.

Step # 4 Discover your true passions

Most people are passionate about something, but have suppressed their feelings for a number of reasons. You will want to discover what you are passionate about so you can findrepparttar 149296 position that will allow you to feel fulfilled. Your passions are always with you and you probably do not recognize or understand them. You will know you are passionate about something when you become naturally excited just thinking about it and even more excited about doing it.

Step # 5 Discover your true desires and priorities

Most people do not takerepparttar 149297 time to discover what their desires and priorities are in life. They seem to just go withrepparttar 149298 flow and hope that they are heading inrepparttar 149299 right direction. Yet,repparttar 149300 one big reason people feel so frustrated while working is that it conflicts with their true desires and priorities. An example of a desire is: wanting to work outdoors with people. An example of a priority is: placing your family first.

Step # 6 Discover your true values

Everyone has his or her own value system. Unfortunately, people rarely look into their own values and instead frequently acceptrepparttar 149301 values imposed byrepparttar 149302 companies they work for. Just look atrepparttar 149303 damage caused torepparttar 149304 many employees of Enron, World Com, Global Crossing and others whose beliefs did not agree withrepparttar 149305 misguided values ofrepparttar 149306 CEO's and higher executives. Were all ofrepparttar 149307 employees misguided? Certainly not. Yet, most failed to discover their very honest values, and were penalized anyway, because they conflicted withrepparttar 149308 values ofrepparttar 149309 leaders ofrepparttar 149310 companies.

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