Is Work Working for You?

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Is work working for you?

Your work has a huge impact on your quality of life and personal happiness.  Answering the 14 questions below will help you reflect your work and where you are in your career journey, and what to do next.

Please rate each statement according to your level of agreement (1 = never agree, 5 = always agree)

1. The work I do reflects my most important values.

2. I really look forward to Monday mornings.

3. I have lots of upward mobility in my current role.

4. My job is helping me to develop the skills I need for career growth.

5. I’d be delighted to be working in the same role and company in 5 years time.

6. I never complain about my work to other people.

7. I can balance work success with achieving significant personal goals.

8. My job lets me use my personal strengths.

9. My career is exciting and energizing.

10. I am recognized and rewarded for the work that I do.

11. I love the culture that I work in and it allows me to thrive.

12. I have a clear vision for career success and am actively working to achieve my goals.

13. I have the right career support (mentors, advisors, network) in place to allow me to thrive.

14. I feel like my work makes a significant difference to the world.

How is well is work working for you?

Now add up your ratings for each question.  If you scored:

0 – 35: This probably isn’t news to you, but your work just isn’t working. Don’t despair.  Now is a good time to revitalize your career journey.  A good place to start is to go back to basics and do some career planning.  It’s hard to be successful without having a clear definition of success.

If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, look for support to help get you out.  Remember, every great career journey starts with a single step.  Take a look at this article on Finding Work that Matters to get started.

35 – 55: Your work is ticking some boxes and there are other areas that need a tune-up. You may be able to address some of the challenges by shaking up your current role, or making a change in your current organization.  However, it may take a more radical career shift to address some issues.

Take a look at where you are not scoring well and create a plan of attack to revitalize these areas.  Our guide to Thriving at Work in the 21st Century is a great place to start.

55 – 70: Congratulations, your work is providing you with a lot of satisfaction and success. Take a look at the questions where you scored less well and think about how to polish the halo.  Here are some ideas for setting a clear vision and goals to keep your career journey moving forward.

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  1. Phil
    June 10, 2010 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    How did you score? What did you find out about your work? What are your next steps? Please leave a comment.

  2. June 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi Phil,
    I love this test. I’m glad to report I scored a 65. One area I am working on is building a network. I believe that when we are focused on where we are going the right and perfect people begin to show up to support you. It takes having a clear vision of the intended goal because you can’t always anticipate exactly how they will show up. I have found it to be a proactive zig-zag line… some people come roaring out of the gate only to falter. Others are quiet and steady but ultimately aligned with the mission.
    .-= rob white´s last blog ..All Forms of Life are Levels of One Consciousness =-.

  3. June 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi Phil,

    Fun quiz for folks. The biggest issue for me when I worked in corp. settings was the feeling of being “squeezed” into the jobs. My rebellious personality tried to turn that around with some success: I then molded the job to me. That can only go so far in an organized setting controlled by others.

    Eventually, I started my own company. Realized after a layoff, I could not longer be squeezed. Needed to be able to morph on an as needed basis.

    Thanks! G.
    .-= Giulietta the Muse´s last blog ..Now, why didn’t I act on that? =-.

  4. Vanessa
    June 11, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Made me realize there are benefits to my work experience I’ve been taking for granted. Nice to take a moment to reflect after more than ten years with the same firm.

  5. June 12, 2010 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    I scored a 65! This was a fun quiz. I like knowing where I’m at in my own development with quizes like this. Creative and unique post!!!

  6. Phil
    June 14, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    @Rob – that is a very nice result, congratulations. I know you work hard on managing your career and doing work that you love. Network is a so important in the 21st Century for sharing and creating opportunities. Keep it up!

    @Giulietta – I know that you are no longer squeezed at all – totally free to create. Glad you enjoyed the test.

    @Vanessa – I’m delighted that this highlighted some areas you may not have considered to be going well. It is important to check in on our career journey to see where we’ve got to and decide what is next.

    @Baker – another great score – top of the class. Keep striving to polish the halo.

  7. June 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Hey Phil,

    Superb test and a great way to get to know where you in respect to your vocation and fulfilment in life.
    .-= Amit Sodha – The Power Of Choice´s last blog ..Video – How To Solve Any Puzzle In Life =-.

  8. June 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi Phil, do I have to be honest here? :)
    Anyway, the truth hurts sometimes – but it’s good to be aware of it. Thank you for the perspective!

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