There is no silver bullet for job satisfaction — it varies wildly depending on everything from age and educational background to introversion/extroversion and ambition. Despite these individual differences, oDesk CEO Gary Swart believes there are four fairly universal keys to happiness in one’s job: 1) impact, 2) growth and development, 3) financial reward, and 4) work-life balance.
In his recent column for LinkedIn, Gary explains how all four features combine to create a positive work experience. He argues that workers—and managers—should be proactively evaluating these aspects at every turn, writing:
“The importance and weighting of each of these things varies for each individual, and can change over a person’s career. As a result, assess where you’re at on each of the four dimensions regularly (and managers, assess how each of your team members are doing as well).”
To go more in depth about each dimension, read the rest of Gary’s article here!