Almost everything I have read about the numbers of people who enjoy their employment and look forward to going to work on Monday (as opposed to looking forward to leaving on Fridays) is not very encouraging.

It would appear from the all the studies done, all the interviews conducted and all the people sharing their frustrations and disappointments (and even anger) connected to job dissatisfaction, that we have a major problem that is costing us multiplied millions of dollars in productivity with workers who no longer care. 

How about you?  Are you one of the many who flat out don’t like what they do, feel you are not very good at what you do and are looking for something else to do? Or are you in the minority that want to stop “eating” at TGIF and begin dining at TGIM (thank God it’s Monday) because you truly like the people you work with, the work you do and get enough good feedback to keep you encouraged, motivated and getting better at what you do. 

One interesting fact I have discovered is that the main reason a person leaves his/her job is due to a poor relationship with the immediate supervisor, which makes this a leadership issue at root. When I visit a place of business, whether it is a restaurant, a repair shop or a retail outlet and receive poor service, I am prone to lay the problem at the leader’s feet, not the worker on the floor. But that is a subject for another post. 

Here are some excellent questions from author and speaker Marcus Buckingham to give you food for thought. I want to encourage you to park yourself, answer the questions and begin some dialogue with people close to you to see what should and can change in your work attitude and environment; especially if you are the leader, owner, boss or manager for whom others work. 

  1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?

  2. Do I have the materials and equipment that I need in order to do my work well?

  3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?

  4. In the past seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing 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?

  7. At work, do my opinions seem to count?

  8. Does the mission or purpose of my company make me feel that my job is important?

  9. Are my coworkers committed to doing quality work?

  10. Do I have a best friend at work?