Happy in Your Job? No!

There are people who spend hours reading job listing in newspapers or on career websites. Job seekers who search out extensive counseling regarding the outline of their curriculum vita or their behavior during a job interview. These people are actively searching because they need or want a new place of employment.

We believe, however, that basically everyone is a job seeker, even those who are not actively looking for a new job, as soon as they are open to hearing about job offers: Passive job seekers.

Accordingly, almost every adult is a job seeker. Some active but even many more passive. Only very few are truly happy with their current jobs.

Whether you are happy in your job is influenced mainly by three factors:

1) The work content

  • Am I fulfilled by what I am doing all day?
  • Do I have opportunities to keep growing?
  • Do I do something useful?
  • Do I enjoy my work?
  • How high is my workload?

2) The environment

  • Do I have nice colleagues? Do we get along? Is there a good mood?
  • How good is my connection to the boss? Do I receive recognition for my work?
  • Do I like the environment that I work in: The city, the neighborhood that my place of employment is in, the office and the other facilities that I experience every day, from the lobby to the canteen.
  • How satisfied am I with my commute? Can I ride my bike during good weather, or do I have to ride the bus for an hour and transfer 3 times?

3) The compensation

  • Am I happy with my compensation?
  • Can I live well on it?
  • Do I receive enough as compared to others?
  • Is there a bonus or other motivating factors?

In the ideal case you can evaluate all three factors positively.
If that is the case: Congratulations – You are happy in your job!

That this is true only in rare cases has been proven by diverse studies (such as e.g. the Deloitte Shift Index or the Kelly Global Workforce Index).

Starting when are you unhappy or dissatisfied though?

Everyone is at least latently dissatisfied who isn’t 100% happy anymore with one of the three above mentioned factors. (If two or three of the above mentioned factors are on the slide though, you may already count as an active job seeker.)

These latent dissatisfied employees generally dread the costs and effort associated with actively looking for something new. The situation is still “tolerable”, is what you think as a “passive job seeker”.

We have a different opinion: Employees who are unhappy have lower performance levels and in the long term hurt themselves and the company they work for.

So what can you do?
Presenting themselves in one of the numerous career platforms with curriculum vita and photo “won’t suit” most passive job seekers. After all, you don’t want to disclose to your social network nor your colleagues or even your employer that you are looking.

With poachee.com we allow the passive job seekers to receive new (better, more suitable) job offers comfortably, anonymously and free of charge on the one hand and on the other hand give employers and headhunters access to candidates willing to switch that are hard to identify otherwise.

With this offer we wish to help with the optimal, economical allocation of work resources. We want to do our part to make employees even happier in the future and companies even more efficient and competitive.

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