As I continue to read, coach, and think about the topic of work, work enjoyment, engagement with work, I try to clarify for myself certain definitions or terms that I tend to either say, or hear others say frequently.
I absolutely allow myself to change these definitions as my knowledge and experience grows, but for now here is one that I've recently settled on.
Term: Work Satisfaction
What I Think It Means: When you feel like you've contributed in a meaningful way, towards a meaningful outcome.
Thinking back on my career, and the stories that I hear from my clients, those always seem to be the two ingredients present in every story of work satisfaction. They felt like they themselves were able to make a solid and meaningful contribution, on a project or situation whose outcome felt impactful.
Reflect: What is the last project or situation you were involved where you felt satisfaction? Identify the meaningful contribution you made, and ask yourself why the outcome was meaningful?