Tom Heath
Washington Post columnist

Tom Heath

Business reporter and Value Added columnist for The Washington Post.


Improving the odds

Q: Is it possible to be successful in a job that you don't like? A business group called the Conference Board got lots of publicity Jan. 5 by claiming worker satisfaction had fallen to its lowest level ever. Their numbers and methodology were questioned by other experts, but the issue of whether there's a link between job satisfaction and success is an interesting one.

You can definitely be a success in a job you don't like. You can do it by accomplishing goals management has set for you. You may not be happy in your work, but you can still excel at it.

Enoying the job greatly enhances the likelihood you will do well, however. If you enjoy it, you are more likely to be good at what you do.

By Tom Heath  |  January 11, 2010; 12:12 AM ET  | Category:  satisfaction Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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