It’s that feeling that creeps up on you. The money is right, your manager is lovely, barracks for the same footy team as you, location good. It all should be peachy. But something is niggling at you that makes you consistently… uncomfortable… on the regular at work. It might be the priorities of the business, perhaps learning and development is hugely important to you and it’s not even on your radar in this role, employee recognition and promotion is done by tenure rather than achievements and that doesn’t sit well, the carbon footprint is huge and not of concern to anyone and that really bothers you. Whatever it is, and ‘it’ is different to everyone, that little niggle is telling you that there is a misalignment between you and role/business, and when this happens success is very hard to come by. Frustration builds, motivation wanes, and generally it’s not a good situation for anyone.
So how do you find the job that fits your values, means something to you, and is it possible or realistic to hold out for a job like this when the market is super competitive? Matching potential employee’s values with the role and company is nowhere near the top of the priority list for most recruiters, so it’s really up to you to figure this whole thing out.
The thing is, no one is going to understand you and what you need, like, well, you. The key to feeling engaged at work is aligning your own personal values with those of your organisation, your team, and your direct manager- when you are all working towards something you believe in, that’s where the magic happens. If you select roles that fulfill your basic needs, motives and values as an individual, you will of course be more invested in your work. When you’re invested you work harder, are more engaged and the outcome is invariably better. Productivity rises, staff turnover decreases, everyone is happy as larry.
To jump in the driver’s seat to take control of your happiness, and figure out how to find this elusive values match, you need to do a spot of self-reflection, planning and strategic thinking.