SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from over 240,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our newsletter.
What’s the most exciting part of your job?
- My teammates: 25.4%
- Our products/services: 17.0%
- My growth and development: 18.6%
- Market dynamics and challenges: 15.1%
- Something else: 10.0%
- I’m not excited at all about my job: 13.9%
Maybe it’s time to quit. Answers about what excites you about your work were pretty evenly distributed across teammates, growth, and the work you do. The striking answer that jumps out is that 14% of you aren’t excited at all about your jobs. Acknowledging that we all don’t have the flexibility to up and walk out to find another job, something needs to change. See if you can get your responsibilities changed. Find another department to work in. Pin down the top dissatisfiers about your work and figure out how to change them. At the very worst, if you hate your job that much, maybe it’s time to quit. Life is too short to be uninspired and miserable. Don’t just sit there – figure out a way to change your situation.
Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS. Before launching his own company, he worked at McKinsey & Co., Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He’s the author of three leadership books: “One Piece of Paper,” “Lead Inside the Box” and “The Elegant Pitch.”