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During a recent interaction with one of my business associates, he cribbed about how he and the amount of work that he was expected to do were being taken for granted by his boss. He also mentioned that he was paid lower than the industry standard and the management was not willing to address the issue. He wanted my feedback on what to do.
Though I had no ready-made solution to his dilemma, I told him to take a relook at the benchmarking that he was doing. He was comparing himself with the wrong set of people, and his discontentment was a result of that.
While it is true, to an extent, that discontentment is the first step towards progress, most of the time, it only leads to low morale and dissatisfaction. A sense of insufficiency makes most of us question our current state and forces us to believe that we are victims.
Discontentment is a never-ending process. The goal posts keep shifting and we remain perpetually unhappy. This does not mean that we should be contented with the status quo. We should always strive forward, but it should not be on the foundation of discontentment.
Nothing is perfect in the corporate world and the causes of dissatisfaction are present everywhere. Our team members may not be up to our expectations, the resources at our disposal may be limited, the business associates we have to deal with may be crude, and the list goes on. If we start feeling down for each of these things, we put ourselves in a position where we hinder our own progress.
Do not allow yourself to get bogged down with the disease of discontentment. Rather, open your mind to a world of opportunities and endless possibilities. Meet the challenge by identifying what needs to change and taking action to convert discontentment into satisfaction. Ponder on how your skills can fit into the objectives of the company. You will soon find enough reasons to become more creative and productive.
* Poor work relationships, low self-esteem lead to dissatisfaction
* Identify what needs to change and take timely, relevant action
* Convert areas of dissatisfaction into positive, creative actions
Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink