How much satisfaction does your current job provide you?

There is a lot being made of job satisfaction; and rightly so.  Gallup conducted a poll on job satisfaction and found that 90% of the workforce is not satisfied with work.  Organizations know that employee satisfaction is important because low-level employee engagement can result in a 33% decrease in operating income and an 11% decrease in earnings growth.  However, the workforce needs to understand the personal value of job satisfaction as well.

A new app called WorkLog allows users to chronicle individual job satisfaction.  Each work day the user is reminded to reflect on how satisfied they are with their job.  The app displays the responses over time on a scale from 1 (very dissatisfied) to 5 (very satisfied).

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A personal insight that I gained from the app is that most my work days are a 3, neither satisfying nor dissatisfying.  This is reasonable because I set my expectation for job satisfaction.  I expect the average day to be neither satisfying nor dissatisfying, but expect the job to provide me with more satisfaction than dissatisfaction in a reasonable time frame.  My current job meets this expectation.  It may not be the only job that will meet this expectation and another job may provide me with more satisfaction, but my current role is meeting my expectations.

WorkLog is also helping me quantify job satisfaction.  8 days over the past month have been satisfying or very satisfying.  If I were considering a new position at the moment, I would want a better mix of compensation and satisfaction than I am currently receiving.  Important questions to ask include: Do I expect the new position to provide me with more satisfying days or fewer?  Is the compensation being offered worth the satisfaction trade off?

I have a lot more to do to understand about what provides me job satisfaction; why was I satisfied for example.  But simply being able to count the days that I was satisfied is a good place to start.