Something that’s interested me for a long time is what makes people tick, as far as motivational factors in the workplace. We all spend a long time in our respective workplaces, and how you measure your relative happiness is an interesting, and individual thing.
I’ve grossly over-simplified the factors down to three measures that I’ve been banging on about for the last 10 years, after a conversation with an old friend and colleague. I’ve always known it as the ‘triangle of happiness’, and it looks a bit like the image to the left…
If you’re comfortable with 2 of the 3 factors, then you’re doing OK. If you’re not happy with 2 or more factors, then it’s potentially tipping the balance on your overall job satisfaction, and your engagement/willingness to stay in your current position or company.
You may find that you’re more than 3-dimensional, so I used the ideas mentioned above, along with some inspiration I got from Scott Hanselman and his KeysLeft 1 page app, and I came up with a 1 page web app for you good people to model your job satisfaction.
It was also a good opportunity for me to have a play with KnockoutJS, the Foundation framework, and a few other bits and pieces. It’s still rough around the edges, but I’d appreciate any feedback, so I can improve it in the future.