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Work and Career

Finding success and satisfaction at work often depends on factors that you have more control over than you may realize. These articles can help you find and retain meaningful work.

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Although it may seem like the business world has its own unique requirements, the same strategies and skills that lead to happiness in your personal life will help you succeed on the job and find a fulfilling career.

In work—as in everyday life—your ability to communicate clearly, build satisfying relationships, regulate stress, and resolve conflict in healthy ways are essential to success. Best of all, these are all skills that can be learned and mastered.

Are you satisfied with your job? Take this quiz and find out >>

Job Satisfaction Quiz
Statement Agree or Disagree

1. You look forward to going to work on Monday morning.

Agree Disagree

2. You have mainly positive relationships with your co-workers.

Agree Disagree

3. You have close friends at work.

Agree Disagree

4. You feel your creativity and innovation is respected.

Agree Disagree

5. You feel recognized and appreciated by your boss.

Agree Disagree

6. Your values fit with the values of the company you work for.

Agree Disagree

7. You feel included in decision-making.

Agree Disagree

8. You feel well-equipped to perform your job.

Agree Disagree

9. When people ask you about work, you say positive things.

Agree Disagree

10. More money is always welcome, but you feel your rate of pay is fair.

Agree Disagree

11. You have opportunities to learn things that will help further your career.

Agree Disagree

12. You may get bored occasionally, but most of the time your work is interesting.

Agree Disagree

13. Your job feels like a good fit for your interests, skills and personality.

Agree Disagree

14. You have energy at the end of the day for personal interests, family, and friends.

Agree Disagree

15. You do a good job but you still want to do things even better.

Agree Disagree

16. Stressful situations sometimes occur, but you don't regularly feel stressed-out or overwhelmed.

Agree Disagree

17. You feel that there is room to progress in your job.

Agree Disagree

18. You accepted your current position because you found the work interesting, not just because it was a way to pay the bills.

Agree Disagree

19. You’re not just staying in your job because of debt or fear of change.

Agree Disagree

20. You feel you’re engaged in meaningful work.

Agree Disagree

Please answer all the questions


Interpreting the score:

Score Your career satisfaction

0 to 5

Very low. Your work provides you with little or no satisfaction. Consider the tips above for gaining more satisfaction at work or follow the guidelines below for making a career change.

6 to 10

Low. Your working life isn’t a total lost cause but you could find a career that is a better fit for your personality, interests, and ambitions.

11 to 15

Medium.  Overall, you feel satisfied with your job, but may need to look at alternate positions in order to challenge yourself more, gain more recognition, or better balance your work and home life.

16 to 20

High. Congratulations, you seem to feel valued and challenged in your job. You may still want to intermittently research other companies and positions, just to ensure your career is progressing as you want.

This questionnaire is not intended to replace professional career guidance.

Adapted from: Wellness Council of America

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Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits: Helping Others While Helping Yourself

Effective Communication: Improving Communication Skills in Business and Relationships

Interviewing Techniques and Tips: Putting Your Best Self Forward and Getting the Job

Job Networking Techniques: How to Find the Right Job by Building Relationships

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Program for Stress Relief:
Manage Overwhelming Stress and Emotions

Additionally, it takes energy and focus to successfully make major life changes. You can gain strength through regular exercise, a healthy diet, and activities that reduce stress.