March 30, 2011 / 12:23 PM / 9 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Ingredients for job satisfaction

Jars of cooking ingredients are seen during a Lex Eat brunch at an apartment in London, March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Simon Newman

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - A job that will really make you happy often fulfills three specific needs, according to Harvard Business Review, and if your current role does not, it might be time for a change.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“Far too many people toil away in jobs that leave them dissatisfied. To avoid — or remedy — an unhappy job situation, find a position that allows you to do three things:

1. What you like to do. If what you enjoy doing most is useful, it ought to be part of your career.

2. What you do best. Many people spend years trying to improve areas of weakness. Focus your energy on mastering what you’re good at.

3. What is valuable to the organization. Figure out how your particular strengths can be used to better your company, unit, or team. A sense of contribution will make you feel more engaged.

If your current role doesn’t fulfill all three, talk with your manager about changing some of your responsibilities. If there is a real mismatch, consider switching organizations or careers.

-Today’s management tip was adapted from “Managing Yourself: What Brain Science Tells Us About How to Excel” by Edward M. Hallowell.

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