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Job Satisfaction

The Surprising Upsides of Volunteering

Dr. David Jones | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Dr. David Jones

Through my work with Citizen Schools, I've seen firsthand the dramatic impact that Citizen Teachers can have on young minds, but as a professor of management in the school of business at the University of Vermont, what I am really fascinated by is research findings showing that many employees respond positively when their employer provides opportunities to serve their communities. I've been conducting studies to understand why.

The Upside of Starting Your Career in a Recession

Adam Grant | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

Of course, it shouldn't take a serious recession to remind us that we should be grateful for our good fortunes. But in a world where it's all too easy to lose sight of what's going right, there may be long-term gains from short-term losses.

Young And Unhappy With Your Job? Just Keep Waiting. Potentially Forever.

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Business

“Not happy with your job? Just wait,” the Associated Press instructed young people on Sunday. Memo to 20-somethings: You might be waiting a lo...

At Work, More Americans Pursue Meaning Over Money (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 09.12.2013 | Healthy Living

Which is more important in your career -- meaning or money? For more and more American workers, finding a job that's personally fulfilling is worth sa...

America's Least Meaningful Jobs

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business

Want to make the world a better place? You may want to consider changing jobs. New data from the compensation research company Payscale ranks the l...

High Anxiety: The Nonprofit Sector's Retirement Problems

Stephanie Bell-Rose | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Stephanie Bell-Rose

When you ask employees at nonprofit organizations about job satisfaction, more often than not they will give you a positive response; for these mission-oriented workers, purpose is paramount. When asked about their plans for retirement, however, nonprofit employees express insecurity and uncertainty about the future.

Dr. Bob Deutsch: Unplug Your Auto-Pilot to Reduce Your Job Dissatisfaction

Bob Deutsch | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women
Bob Deutsch

In a flash, days turn into years, and years into half an expected life span. Too easily, we become separated from our own true nature. Overly-vigilant and responsive to the rapidity of external demands coming at us 24/7, we lose track of who we are internally. Our lives shrink.

10 Cities Where Workers Love Their Jobs

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 06.21.2013 | Business

Feeling unsatisfied with where you work? Wondering if you might be happier working someplace else? Here's a good roadmap to change, courtesy of Glassd...

Was I Crazy to Quit My Job?

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 08.18.2013 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

I bit the bullet. And like a cowboy tipping his hat astride his trusty horse, I am turning down the dusty trail and galloping into... no, not the sunset. The sunrise.

Sharon Salzberg: How a Friend of Mine Found True Happiness

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 07.26.2013 | Women
Sharon Salzberg

Although the pay was absolutely great, the way my friend was spending so many hours of her life every workday was offering her little sense of meaning or real joy. Getting up to go to work began to seem much more like a chore than a vocation. She decided it was time for a change.

Work Hard, Be Happy

Jim Price | Posted 05.21.2013 | Small Business
Jim Price

If the business is your own, even the drudgery work -- and there's never a shortage of that -- can be strangely exhilarating. As an entrepreneur, you always have a sense that what you decide and what you do have a direct impact on the business.

'Success' Is Such an Elusive Word

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

The definition of success is truly in "the eye of the beholder." What for one person constitutes having achieved everything they've ever wanted might be seem like a gross underachievement to someone else.

The Job Offer You've Been Waiting For

Misha Lyuve | Posted 04.26.2013 | Business
Misha Lyuve

You can do The Job at all times anywhere, whether you sit in a cubicle or a corner office, work for a corporation or self, standing in line in Starbucks or putting your kids to bed, taking out the garbage or having a drink at a party.

From Gypsy Girl to Grounded Yogi

Lauren Zander | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Zander

I recently got this letter and thought it would be valuable to share my response with everybody. It's applicable to anything you are avoiding hunkering down on.

Quit Working Somewhere You Hate

Steve Fireman | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Steve Fireman

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhile 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs, I actually look forward to going to work every day. My advice: Quit working somewhere you hate.

Be Fulfilled Today as Women

Gail McMeekin | Posted 03.25.2013 | Women
Gail McMeekin

Too many women are so focused on what they have not yet accomplished or become, that they suffer and devalue their present selves. To feel fulfilled is a choice.

How To Get The Job You've Always Wanted

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 03.22.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Who wouldn't rather have a job that you can feel emotionally connected to instead of feeling that you're a puppet of your boss? However, before you give up on this idea, stop and think about whether you could build some of this mindset into your life right now.

Getting Teacher Development Right

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 02.17.2013 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

The transformation of today's teaching force requires smarter development of professionals. The significant rewards that come with better educational outcomes show that getting this right is worth it.

An Idiot's Guide to Employee Engagement

Ed Lawler | Posted 01.27.2013 | Business
Ed Lawler

Simply setting goals for individuals can make a major impact on their motivation. If individuals accept the goals and see the behavior as worthwhile, they will be highly motivated to pursue these goals.

The Least Valuable Profession Is...

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.25.2012 | Money

Not many people respect the online advertisers behind pop-up ads or the marketers who call at all hours of the night. The funny thing is, the people w...

In Search of the Ideal Job

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 12.02.2012 | Business
Tarun Sakhrani

When it came to the fore that one of our colleagues had a "better" lifestyle than the rest of us, for about the same pay, it was interesting to watch everyone's behavior on the table: "Are there more openings in your company?"

Permission to Dream About Your Job

Laurie Gerber | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Laurie Gerber

The average American lifetime includes 90,000+ hours of work time. If you are not using those hours to live out a dream, you might be feeling a little disappointed, numb or fearful right now. I understand.

Does Your Job Have Purpose?

Tracy H. Porter | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business
Tracy H. Porter

Workers are beginning to demand jobs that are in line with their values and are a reflection of who they are as an individual. One method to achieve such a lofty goal is to find an organization which is built upon workplace spirituality.

3 Simple Steps to Create Work You'll Love

Susan Bernstein | Posted 08.12.2012 | San Francisco
Susan Bernstein

Do Sunday nights fill you with the dread of "back to work Monday?" Do you want to hide under the covers when the alarm goes off? It doesn't have to be that way. You can transform your work so it makes you feel alive and vibrant.

A Cheat Sheet for Engaging Employees

Tom Fox | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

As a federal leader, you no doubt have a lot on your plate, and it may be tempting to shrug off employee complaints about their jobs and organization.