Have you ever wondered why 80% of Americans are in jobs that they don’t enjoy?
The easiest answer is that they have the skill and need the money to support their family, pay off their school debt, buy their dream home or maybe it’s just about survival.
Whatever the case may be, the way companies hire may be compounding the problem. Why? Companies often recruit based on past job title, education, school etc. They don’t understand why people did those jobs, why they chose their school or their major.
Chances are people made those decisions early in life when they didn’t really know what they wanted to be, how they wanted to apply their skill or where they wanted to live. Their decisions were likely influenced by their parents or a teacher or life circumstance.
If they’re trained in something that they don’t enjoy and they’re continuously recruited for that skillset, they’re probably not going to be happy doing the job. They’ll do it but they’ll also keep their options open.
Understanding WHY they made certain decisions and WHY they are interested in a certain company and job, might be better ways of understanding fit.
Unless deep functional knowledge is needed to do the job well, skills and knowledge can be developed – motivation and satisfaction can’t.