How Satisfied Are You With Your Job?

We’d like to introduce you to our featured guest blogger, Dana Scurlock.  Dana works within our Nonprofit recruitment division as a Staffing Manager and specializes in the placement of administrative, development, finance, and IT professionals within mission-driven nonprofit organizations.

The question of job satisfaction is a loaded one. It sometimes can seem like everyone you speak to, even those who are genuinely happy with their jobs, has one of two things about their current position that could be improved.  If you feel the same way, it could be time to assess what you think you are missing.

What if besides higher pay, a better benefits package, and room for growth, your job could provide you with a deeper satisfaction…one that makes you a happier, more well-rounded person? While other industries have their benefits, the nonprofit sector could provide that elusive aspect that seems to be missing from your current role.

Since the 2008 market crash and subsequent recession, the vitality and stability of industries once thought to be impervious to economic downturns and career disruption are undoubtedly changed. Evidence seems to indicate that starting a career at a nonprofit or government agency would not prove any more of a financial gamble than within corporate industries.

In fact, according to the Urban Institute, from 2000 to 2010, nonprofit revenue increased by more than 40 percent in inflation-adjusted terms. Employment within the industry also increased during that time period. From 2007- 2009, while employment in the for-profit sector fell by 4%, research from John Hopkins University found that nonprofit employment increased by 2%.  Today, the nonprofit sector accounts for 1/3 of the business and commerce being conducted in the New York City Tri-State area.

While the salary gap between the nonprofit and private sector is closing and the financial prowess of nonprofit organizations is growing rapidly, there are still other, more personal reasons for someone to enter or make the move into the world of philanthropy and cause-related work. For one, experts contend that the value of the positive psychological effect of having a more purpose-driven life can change the course of many individuals’ success.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, the UK’s leading mental health research organization, participating in altruistic activities have measurable and long-lasting physical benefits, including: stress reduction, positive physiological changes in parts of the brain associated with happiness, increases in confidence and optimism, and decreases in negative thoughts and feelings such as jealousy and aggression.

As Jim Rohn, the famous American entrepreneur and motivational speaker, put it: “Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.”

Dana Scurlock

Staffing Manager – Nonprofit