Job satisfaction

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Job satisfaction? Isn’t that like pink unicorns ( = jednorożce)? Or like work-life balance? Everyone has heard of it, but no-one has seen it?

Well, I hope not! I definitely AM satisfied with my job. Although I’m not sure you could call it a job. I guess running your own business (= prowadzenie własnej firmy) isn’t really a job…

Anyway, first things first ( = po kolei)! What are the components of job satisfaction?

This probably depends on the person. Number one will probably always be remuneration ( = wynagrodzenie). If you aren’t paid well, then you just don’t feel like ( = mieć ochotę na) making the effort every day. You pay peanuts, you get monkeys ( = jaka płaca, taka praca), right? 😉 And earning peanuts – that’s an idiom – it means you earn very little :).

I won’t be coy (= wstydliwa) here :). The money certainly is crucial ( = kluczowe) for me, in my business. In the past, I used to work for language schools. But I could never get my head round( = nigdy nie pojmowałam) the numbers: how come a school charges ( = każe sobie płacić) 100 zł for a class, and the teacher only gets 40 zł of that? That’s daylight robbery ( = rozbój w biały dzień)! So, that was one of the reasons I was dissatisfied with ( = niezadowolona z) my work for language schools, and started my own business ( = założyłam własną firmę).
The second factor ( = czynnik) involved in job satisfaction are promotion prospects ( = szanse na awans). While most people are content with ( = zadowoleni z) doing the same job for life, most of us want to climb the career ladder ( = wspinać się po drabinie kariery), and getting stuck in a rut ( = utykanie w koleinie = praca bez szans na awans) is a no-no ( = sytuacja niedopuszczalna). That’s what you call a dead-end job ( = praca bez szans na awans), by the way!

For me, that involved scaling ( = skalowanie) my business, and the ability to do different things. Instead of just teaching classes, with the occasional variation between one-on-one classes and group classes, I can now offer specialized trainings, employee audits, and online courses – pdf, video and audio courses. Variety is the spice of life ( = różnorodność nadaje życiu smak)!

And the third component of job satisfaction are our colleagues, or co-workers ( = współpracownicy). Who you work with, and the atmosphere in the workplace, has a profound impact on ( = ogromny wpływ na) your happiness and job satisfaction. If you hate the guts of ( = nienawidzisz) the person sharing the office with you, or you dread ( = przeraża cię) the buzz ( = hałas, harmider) of the open-space office, then that job probably isn’t good for you!
Me? I dreaded the company of Ewa and Grzesiek in the teachers’ room. Whenever they entered the room, they gave vent to ( = dawali ujście) their boisterous ( = hałaśliwe) natures, starting shouting about their day, bantering ( = przyjacielskie przekomarzanie się) with others, and generally stealing the show ( = ściągając na siebie całą uwagę). I totally abhorred ( = nienawidziłam) that – all I wanted was a little peace and quiet to actually prepare for classes and do my job! So I have to admit that getting rid of Ewa and Grzesiek was one of the biggest perks( = zalety) of quitting that job! Yup, I’m anti-social! 😉

And you? Are you satisfied with your job? What are the vital components of job satisfaction for you? I’d love to hear your point of view!

And if you aren’t satisfied with your job, and are thinking of changing it, why don’t you come to my live training “Job interview in English: sample answers to the most common questions, at three different levels of English”! Because your English doesn’t have to be perfect, in order for you to be successful at the job interview in English!

When? Thursday February 13th, 10:00 (you’ll also get a recording after the event, even if you can’t be live with us)

How much? Only 9 zlotys!

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