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Unhappy At Work? 12 Questions To Ask Yourself

Are you unhappy at work? Here are 12 Yes/No Questions to ask yourself about your current role.

The following questions are taken from a Management Book [1] by Marcus Buckingham.

The more Yes answers you give, the happier and more valued you should feel at work.

Questions 1-6 are particularly important for a positive work environment and a sense of purpose.

12 Questions To Assess Your Workplace
  1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
  2. Am I provided with the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?
  3. Do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?
  4. In the last week, have I received recognition or praise for good work?
  5. Does my supervisor or someone at work seem to care about me as a person?
  6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?

Followed by six further questions, which although not as fundamental, still contribute to happiness

  • Do my opinions seem to count?
  • Does the mission/purpose of my company make me feel like my work is important?
  • Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?
  • Do I have a best friend at work?
  • In the last 6 months have I talked with someone about my progress?
  • Have I had opportunities to learn and grow?

By asking yourself these questions you might make it clearer why you are unhappy at work, or why you might like your current job. We don’t all have the luxury of a job that we love and it’s important to consider the perks, career progression opportunities and pay package before thinking about quitting.

what is my dream job?

One final question people ask to determine what career you should follow is:

If you had enough money that you didn’t need to work a day in your life, what would you spend your time doing?

If you can make a career out of your answer, then that could be the best choice for you.

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[1] First, Break All The Rules. What The World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Buckingham & Coffman