2019

UPFRONT

Do You Like Your Job?

Until eight months ago, I was in the same boat as the two-thirds. Then I finally decided to look out for No. 1, and I made something happen.

Most people aren’t satisfied in their jobs, while others are frustrated in seeing their careers stall. No big surprises there. So what are they doing about it? For many, nothing. Absolutely nothing.

In a survey released by a major employment agency this summer, numbers back up this less than inspiring, apathetic outlook many people have toward their jobs, careers and futures: About two-thirds of employees said they do not plan to change jobs this year, even though options for career changes exist. Another startling breakout from the survey: 81% of employees and 69% of employers acknowledge it was a reality that people stay in jobs they dislike—simply to have a job.

I admit I was once one of that two-thirds statistic (and probably in the 81%, too) who didn’t have the gumption to make something happen. I was comfortable doing what I was doing at a Fortune 200 company. Sure, some modest advancement took place during my stay there, but I avoided asking myself some hard questions about my career and my future. We discuss some of these questions in this issue of QP.

In the article “12 Keys to Career Success,” John Oltesvig fires off some fair, legitimate questions we all need to answer: What are my career goals? How will I get there? Am I waiting for someone else to manage my career?

In another article, H. Fred Walker and Justin Levesque ask whether we’re taking full advantage of professional training and certification opportunities, which undoubtedly can make us more valuable—and marketable. That especially means you, Mr. or Ms. Quality Professional and ASQ member.

Finally, Russ Westcott, one of our “Career Corner” columnists forces us to answer the question, “Does your organization make full use of your abilities?”

The fact that you’re holding this magazine and you belong to an organization like ASQ shows you are committed—if not to your actual job, to your quality related profession. It shows you have the desire to reach beyond your current standing. It shows you want to better yourself and grow professionally. You look beyond 5 p.m. or the end of the next pay period.

Let’s face it: There always could be more—more challenges, more advancement or more money (wait—let’s hold that thought for the annual QP Salary Survey coming in December).

Maybe you see a colleague or relative who is stuck in a rut and could use these words to ignite action. Maybe this package of articles will press you a bit to revisit some of these questions you haven’t asked yourself lately. Maybe if you’ve slipped into that two-thirds, this will light a fire under you.

Maybe it’s good to remember there’s only one person responsible for taking care of No. 1.


MARK EDMUND
ASSOCIATE EDITOR


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