the 3 signs of a miserable job

I just finished reading a book by Pat Lencioni entitled, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees).

There were three main points mentioned in the book that creates a miserable job.

Here they are:

Anonymity
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 satis- faction 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’s just the boss.

Immeasurement
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 or 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.

After reading the book, all of these points seemed so simple that it hurt. What is so bad is that even though all of these things are simple for leaders to provide their team, there are so many jobs out there that lack at least one of these items, if not all of them. I believe that most leaders expect their team to find these things on their own and never think that they are the ones that are responsible for making sure that their team finds a job that is exciting to come to every single day… Well, maybe not every single day, but you know what I mean.

Have you ever had a job that fits into any of these categories? What did you end up doing? Did you leave or were you able to change things?

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  • Kyle Troop

    I’m working on leaving that job right now.

    • http://jackalopekid.com jackalopekid

      well, good for you!

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