Sunday, May 13, 2012

The 1st Step To Creating Your Happy Profession!

Do you hate your job?  

Let me guess: You did or did not go to college and you found yourself stumbling around and haphazardly deciding on your profession.   

Instead of continuing to allow your experiences, education, parents and other outside circumstances to dictate your professional decisions, wouldn't you like to know how to make CHOICES FROM YOUR HEART?   

I have designed a format to help people learn how to create their most perfectly happy profession, step by step based on Hackman and Oldham’s (1976) Job Characteristics Model. Below is a brief lesson from Wikipedia on what this Job Characteristics Model is all about…   

The Job Characteristics model (JCM) proposed by Richard Hackman and Greg Oldham in 1976 is a very influential model of job enrichment which attempts to address how a core set of job characteristics impact a number of psychological states, leading to specific related outcomes in the work environment.  This model has five core job characteristics: skill variety, task significance, task identity, autonomy and feedback. The psychological states included in the model are meaningfulness of work, responsibility for outcomes and knowledge of results. Outcomes consist of high intrinsic motivation, high job performance, high job satisfaction and low absenteeism/turnover. 

According to Hackman & Oldham’s model, skill variety, task significance and task identity are used in the work environment to stimulate meaningfulness and produce outcomes of both or either high intrinsic motivation and high job performance. Therefore, if employees feel they are fully utilizing a variety of their skills, their job affects many people to a great extent and they are allowed to complete the task from beginning to end, it is likely they will perceive the job as meaningful, leading to high job performance and/or high intrinsic motivation. 

The presence of autonomy in the workforce leads to the psychological state of felt responsibility for outcomes, resulting in high job satisfaction. Thus, if employees are able to determine the method or approach in which the work is accomplished they feel responsible for the end product and are therefore more satisfied with what they have accomplished, less likely to quit (turnover) and also more likely to attend work (low absenteeism). Autonomy is contrasted by being told what to do and the manner in which to do it. 

The last core job characteristic, feedback produces a psychological state in which employees develop knowledge of their results, producing outcomes similar to autonomy (high job satisfaction, low turnover/absenteeism). In other words, knowing how you are performing and being aware that superiors know how you are performing leads to more job satisfaction, less absenteeism and turnover.   

Does that sound good to you?  I hope so! Take the first step to creating your happy profession -- Put On Your Gandhi Hat!   

For those who do not know of Mahatma Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948), he is one of the greatest leaders of our past.  Mahatma Gandhi (məhatma; from Sanskrit, mahātmā: Great Soul), also known as Bapu (in Gujarati, Overweighther), was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. In India, he is recognized as the Overweighther of the Nation. October 2nd, his birthday, is commemorated each year as Gandhi Jayanti, and is a national holiday. He was the pioneer of Satyagraha—the resistance of tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence—which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. (Wikipedia, 2007)   

This man was the inspiration to many, I want you to think about yourself in his shoes. How would it feel, what would it look like, what would you be doing? What would give you so much meaning in life to go to the lengths that he went?  What would this purpose be? Envision that you are living your life with an exclamation point!  Others will always remember you for this (fill in the blank), because you did it so well and accomplished so much!   

One of Gandhi’s more famous quotes is “Be the change you want to see in the world.”   Please reflect on this.  (Reflection is a fancy word for “mulling it over.”)  What is the change you would want to see in the world?  Embrace that, become that. I chose to become a happy, loving, accepting, healthy, peaceful person who helps others which is what I would like to see everyone look like in our world.  After we make the decision to be the change we want to see in the world, it is imperative to learn how to accomplish and uphold that decision.   Take some time now to describe the changes you would like to see in the world in writing. What does that look like for yourself?  Describe yourself using those characteristics. 

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Dr. Aymee Coget, a widely-known happiness expert, has more than 15 years of experience in positive psychology. Through the Happiness Makeover™, a program developed by Coget, she teaches people how to achieve happiness and handle life's challenges. She also serves as CEO and founder of the American Happiness Association, a science-backed nonprofit designed to educate individuals and organizations about how to be happier, and was nominated for CNN Hero of the Year in 2011. 

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