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You Love Your Job - You Just Don't Know It

You Love Your Job - You Just Don't Know It


Thousands of Brits waste time and energy searching for new jobs every winter, because they fail to differentiate between seasonal blues and job dissatisfaction.
Last Updated: 27-Aug-2010

According to business consultant Lindsay Rutland-Dix, the way to separate the two is to ask a few simple questions at the first signs of office demotivation.

“It’s easy to feel run-down and fed-up after such a cold, dark and depressing winter, but you have to be careful not to let this cloud your judgment,” says Rutland-Dix.

“Before you do anything drastic, ask yourself whether jumping ship is really what you want. If you’ve simply fallen into a seasonal slump, you need to recognise that you do love what you do – and throw yourself back into it.”

Rutland-Dix, who is a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, has devised ten questions designed to help people spot how happy they actually are in their current job.

These include recognising whether you tell people about what you do; noticing whether your work and home personas are actually rather similar; and looking forward to work social events.

Once a high-flying corporate executive, Rutland-Dix has retrained as a life coach and has now launched business consultancy service, having worked with global names including IBM,
Orange and Colt.

“Everyone receives personalised training through tried-and-tested techniques including NLP,” says Rutland-Dix.

“We tap into a successful mindset to understand how to achieve specific goals.

“The first step towards achieving those goals is recognising that you want to achieve them.”

Lindsay Rutland-Dix’s tips for spotting job satisfaction:

  1. Do you tell people about your work and what you do?
  2. Do you perceive your job in terms of the things that you do and achieve rather than merely the things that are done to you and the things achieved around you?
  3. If you took money out of the equation, can you still find enough that gives you satisfaction?
  4. Do you wake up with inspired ideas for things you are currently working on?
  5. Do you find you wake up without needing to set an alarm?
  6. Is there is little difference between your work and home persona?
  7. Do you look forward to work social events such as the Christmas party?
  8. Do you choose to keep up-to-date with developments and activity across your industry?
  9. Can you imagine yourself in three years having achieved the career progression you desire?
  10. Do you find ways to help you colleagues and team and care about the outcome?