Is career choice the reason we’re unhappy at work?

Posted on March 1, 2012

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Interesting article about the level of satisfaction among HR Practitioners…worth the read! Thanks Madeline for sharing!

HR: Can I Get a Do-over? – i4cp

I love these truisms from the post…”How you deal with what happens is more important than what you think will happen. High performers aren’t necessarily more accurate prognosticators, they just spend more time looking to future scenarios and building contingencies that will allow them to thrive. They look to all outcomes as a field of opportunity and, let’s face it, people that can muster that kind of optimism aren’t regretting their career choices.

Regardless of the profession — there are way too many “unhappily employed” and “disengaged employees”… and it may or may not be because of their career choice.  There are many reasons a person is happy or unhappy as an employee. I have found that most dissatisfied employees usually attribute their unhappiness to their boss, the economy, bad luck,

the commute, being misunderstood, legislation, their internal, their external customers, lack of recognition, their poor performing employer, the number of hours they work, their low pay, the culture of the company, their spouse, their co-workers, being misunderstood, or a common one for HR professionals “not having a seat at the table”.

There is no question that many of these “reasons” can create unhappiness.  But let us also acknowledge another important of human nature. Rarely will individuals attribute their unhappiness to the decisions they have made for themselves. It is understandable that HR professionals would state that their level of satisfaction is not related to their own decision to choose HR as their career. I think this would apply to most people – regardless of profession.

The “do-over” question is a good one…I wonder what the results are in other professions.  What do you think?

Posted in: Culture, HR Career