A person can do nothing
better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too,
I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?
Ecclesiastes 2:24&25 (NIV)
The term job satisfaction can be considered
in various dimensions, there is the feeling of accomplishment you get for
providing a meaningful service, it is what I call the joy of excellence. This is not peculiar to any one type service. It
applies to the good teacher helping a troubled kid as much as to a care
assistant looking after a client. If you’ve ever faced the danger of arriving
late for an important appointment, you will also appreciate the service of a
decent transport system.
The other dimension of job satisfaction is
the consideration or appreciation we receive for providing the service; these
could be in various forms e.g. financial, social, career progression physical
The combination of the above two directly
impact on our self-worth. Your employers may not share Dennis W. Bakke’s
joy at work idea; it is your responsibility to make sure you work in a company
or industry you enjoy. We have come a long way from the ancient past when it
was a taboo to depart from the family business, options are endless these days.
According to Peter Drukker, “people worry because they think
career decision is like marriage only to be broken by failure or death”. On the
contrary, if you don’t like what you are doing or who you’re doing it with, you
can always change or move, in the real sense, everyone is self-employed.
All said and done, finding satisfaction or enjoyment is a gift
of God, to think otherwise is to think two good looking, intelligent people
will always make a good marriage, if only it was that simple. To be contented
and find fulfilment whether in much or little is a blessing from God.
Godliness with contentment is great gain.