Why Work Fulfillment Doesn’t Equal Success

January 4, 2012  |  

Turns out the many unfulfilled employees that go to work each day may end up ahead of the few that find true fulfillment and purpose in work. According to CNN Money, research shows that people who have the freedom to be their complete selves at work and can connect what they do to a larger purpose, are by and large happier than the average employee. Unfortunately, happiness does not always lead to success.

The report goes on to state that happiness equates to a deeper connection to how the work is conducted. These people may care more about the mission of the organization than their supervisor, and this can make them difficult to work with. They take the job very seriously as it embodies who they are, and this overenthusiasm make create hard to handle employees. In their minds, asking them to compromise on an idea or strategy is also asking them to compromise on everything they believe in. Subsequently this can create work tension.

Unlike the enthusiastic employee, the average employee simply cares about keeping their job and a professionally friendly relationship with their boss and fellow employees. In essence, they are simply following orders to get work done. In some instances, as long as the work is done correctly and on time, the average employee can make a better worker than the overly committed one.

It can be a conundrum for those that actually enjoy what they do and those still searching for the work they enjoy. What’s the point of searching for job fulfillment if the passion you finally find in work only becomes a hindrance?

What makes it even worse is that being a bit more open unprofessional by providing certain details about your personal life may lead to a better work life as well. The employee that chooses to work hard instead of fraternize with the rest of the work crew may be seen as “anti-social” and the person no one wants to work with. Meanwhile the guy who has told the entire office his sad, tragic life story may receive more sympathy and easier treatment.

Managing the work world has never been easy. Finding the happy balance between passion and simply getting the work done can be elusive, for those that do what they love full-time, this balance is essential to making sure you succeed. For those who can’t seem to separate the work commitment from personal values, it may be best to do the work you love part-time or on a freelance basis.

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