Book – The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees)

miserable-jobPleasure to read (or listen to) a business book in a fable format!  The book explains how managers can make lives of the employees better and improve the bottom line of the company at the same time.  The book describes recommendations for manager in different situations and industries how to improve employee job satisfaction.   Companion web site provides wonderful additional tools to use.

Three Signs of a Miserable Job:

triangleAnonymity

People cannot be fulfilled in their work if they are not known.  all human beings need to be understood and appreciated for their unique qualities by someone in a position of authority.  People who see themselves as invisible, generic or anonymous cannot love their jobs, no matter what they are doing.

Irrelevance

Everyone needs to know that their job matters, to someone.  Anyone.  Without seeing a connection between the work and the satisfaction of another person or group of people, an employee simply will not find lasting fulfillment.  Even the most cynical employees need to know that their work matters to someone, even if it is just the boss.


Immeasurement

SUMMARY

Employees need to be able to gauge their progress and level of contribution for themselves.  They cannot be fulfilled in their work if their success depends on the opinions of whims of another person, no matter how benevolent that person may be.  Without tangible means of assessing success or failure, motivation eventually deteriorates as people see themselves as unable to control their own fate.

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