My Job Rocks!

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ob Rocks!

By: Paul Shearstone

When was the last time you heard someone say that? More importantly: When was the last time you said it?

Sadly, too few people today can honestly admit they love their job, their company or in particular their long-term personal outlook. No one has to be reminded how fragile our current economy is especially in light of a [pending] new war in Iraq and how that can threaten our very way of life - perhaps even our continued employment as companies reel in an atmosphere of uncertainty.

With ever-diminishing employee ranks being asked to work harder for the same or less, trepidation is the natural outcome that results in widespread discomfort and dissatisfaction in the corporate marketplace. That is, however, for most companies. Fortunately, not all.

Every year marketing research studies list the top 10 companies in North America to work for based on employee satisfaction. [Yahoo/Google: "Top 10 Companies to work for"] Although each year the list is likely to change, what never changes is the blueprint, the formula if you will, that got them there. Like so many rules for success and prosperity, the recipe is in the end, elemental, logical and obvious. In theory that is - not in application.

Few will argue the monetary importance of employee satisfaction. Not too long ago, Sears conducted an 800-store survey that showed the impact of employee attitudes on the bottom line. When employee attitudes improved by 5%, customer satisfaction jumped 1.) 3%, consequently increasing revenue by one-half a percentage point.*

Ongoing corporate research suggests it takes five to eight times more money, time and effort to get a new employee than it does to keep the ones we already have. When these studies also point out it takes on average, thirty to fifty thousand dollars to recruit, hire and train the average office employee, one need not have an MBA degree to see the potential financial ramifications for companies giving little importance to facts like these.

Those who can genuinely boast about how much they love their job more often than not work for organizations that adhere to proven principles that garner greater profits through employee satisfaction. So what are they?

Top-Down Leadership:

It's not uncommon to hear words like: Fair, Open, Honest, Reliable, Empathetic and Strong articulated by happy employees to describe the attributes of their corporate leaders. No mystery either is the belief that the character of the leader is incontrovertibly reflected in the corporate culture. Human nature being what it is and in practice, each descending level in turn, takes license to act in a way commensurate with how they've been treated. In short: Strong Ethical Leadership from the top down = Respect and Loyalty from the bottom up.

Corporate Vision:

Robust companies today have a clear understanding of where they are and most importantly, where they want to be!

Too many unsuccessful organizations with disillusioned staff are Re-Active and not Pro-Active preferring rather to manage by the seat of their pants. Without a defined corporate mandate, interpretations ensue, bad and good, but with the same result, workforce uneasiness and nervousness, which in turn fan the flames of worker dissatisfaction.


Any energized staff will attest to the fact, communication is integral to their sense of comfort and satisfaction in the company workforce. Having a strong corporate vision is only the first step in getting the company on the right track. Communicating the vision to all levels of the organization in a timely and clear way is the strategy that brings people together and galvanizes them to one common, positive purpose.

Psychologists will tell us that people are happy and healthy to the degree they feel in control with their environment. Knowing where the company wants to go and what management expects of us all but eliminates the potential for erroneous interpretations and negative rumor mongering.


Times and conditions may have changed. Human behavior and psychology have not nor are they ever likely to. It's not a stretch to believe, corporations still face similar economic and social challenges they did fifty years ago. When it comes to people, they want to be RECOGNIZED. Simply said, they want to be VALUED.

Read any exit interview from almost any company to find the two most common reasons for employee dissatisfaction and departure are:

  1. "Nobody ever listened to me." and,
  2. "Nobody ever told me whether I was doing a good job or not."

How sad....How straightforwardly avoidable!

The happiest employees receive timely, clear feedback and recognition largely for their positive contributions and dedication. They are also given timely attention when their activities are not in keeping with the corporate vision or their responsibilities. Again, this speaks to their human behavioral need for honest feedback in order for them to find psychic balance in the workplace.

Contented workers are encouraged to contribute ideas designed to improve any aspect of protocol that benefits the company, its staff or its customers. They are then publicly lauded, [recognize] by senior management which in turn promotes others to seek similar recognition by engaging in similar company-benefiting activities.

Fact #1: Employees, who feel they have a vested interest in the success of their company, out-perform those that do not.

Fact #2: Recognition is the least expensive investment a corporation can make with the largest potential dividends in employee satisfaction and corporate profitability's.


People by nature possess an innate psychological need to 'Be a Winner' - to be a part of a 'Winning Team'. Unhappy employees often feel disheartened, disenfranchised with their situation which in turn cultivates thoughts and activities designed to expressly benefit them - often at the expense of the corporation.

The opposite is also true. The happier the employee, the safer and in control they feel which in turn excites the need to benefit others, the team, and the corporate community!

Bottom Line:

Strong ethical leadership combined with a clearly communicated corporate vision that promotes employee buy-in and recognition, builds a cohesive, positive, profitable working atmosphere wherein if you listen, you just might hear people say, "My Job ROCKS!"


* Article: New York Times

About The Author

Paul Shearstone aka The 'Pragmatic Persuasionist' is one of North America's foremost experts on Sales and Persuasion. An International Keynote Speaker, Author, Writer, Motivation, Corporate Ethics, / Time & Stress Management Specialist, Paul enlightens and challenges audiences as he informs, motivates and entertains.

To comment on this article or to book the Pragmatic Persuasionist for your next successful event we invite to contact Paul Shearstone directly @ 416-728-5556 or 1-866-855-4590 or


cubbydwp 15.07.2008. 08:10

How much should I expect to get paid as a cook? I just got a job at Rock Bottom Brewery as a cook. I have no experience cooking in a resturuant, but I do have experience working in a bakery. How much should I expect to get paid.
I live in AZ if that helps.


Admin 15.07.2008. 08:10

With no experience, about $9.00 with experience about $10.00. Don't ask me how I know this, I just do!


Horsemen 4Ever 15.02.2011. 07:30

How much would cry if Rock loses to Cena? Think about it. Out with the old, in with the new. Hogan did the job for Rock. Now is it Rocks turn to do the job to the new face of the company??

Horsemen 4Ever

Admin 15.02.2011. 07:30

That's what I'm worried about. I doubt Rock will be wrestling but I'm worried that he'll have to job to Supercena just like everyone else. And Rock doesn't need to do the job to Cena are you kidding me?

Cena isn't the new face, he's been the face of WWE for like 5 years now. If such a match were to take place, Rock could go to mania, beat Cena, and nothing would be that different. Rock would go back to Hollywood and Cena would go back to Raw.

Something is going to happen at Mania between the two of them it has to now, it most likely won't be a match, but an altercation of some kind.

If Rock could hit Cena with the People's Elbow just once, the 60 dollars or however much Mania will be would be worth it.


memyself 24.05.2006. 22:04

Are you currently employed with a dream job? I was just wondering what kind of a job that I would want once my children are all in school. Anyone have a job that rocks?
My job is currently a dreamjob with my kids but I just want to know whats next!


Admin 24.05.2006. 22:04

I currently work at two television stations, as the head person in charge of on-air programming. I'm totally responsible for everything you see on the air. That is definitely a dream job because of all the control you have. *evil laugh*'s my dream job, and I love it.


KS 30.03.2013. 00:34

What can I do if anything to prevent my feet from killing me standing in these shoes for 5 hours?

I just started a new hostessing job in a really fine establishment and I have to stand in these shoes for
5 hours with a 10 minute break every hour. I guess to many of the women were taking their shoes off and standing without them on so they decided to go to these to keep the women from taking them off.
It pays really well and I needed the job. Besides rocking back and forth and twisting my ankles, is there anything else I could do?


Admin 30.03.2013. 00:34

I had the same problem when I was working as a front-desk person in a hotel. My advice is to get insoles and try to wear multiple socks


clone1973 01.08.2006. 20:39

How is the Rock Island, IL area? I may be offered a job in Rock Island, IL, but do not know much about the town other than what I found on the net. Does anybody know what it is like and if there are any nice places to live in the area? I would be moving there from out of state, so it is important that I find out what it is like before I consider the offer.


Admin 01.08.2006. 20:39

Geographical trivia...Rock Island is NOT a suburb of Chicago!

More trivia...Gary Sinise was born and raised in BLUE Island, a suburb of Chicago.

As someone else said, I suggest you look in Iowa.


bottledwaterrules 2 02.10.2009. 01:11

What is the average salary I can make fixing rock chips at an auto glass shop? At a job fixing car window rock chips at an auto glass shop, whats the average salary?
thanks kenny -- what about as an auto glass technician repairing/replacing windows?

bottledwaterrules 2

Admin 02.10.2009. 01:11

If all you can do is repair rock chips... You might make $18,000 a year. Maybe.


Aaron 29.01.2011. 13:22

What are some of the skills you need in Sims 3 to become a rock star? Later on in the career what are some of the skills you need to become better at your job as a rock star? (IN SIMS 3)


Admin 29.01.2011. 13:22

You would need Guitar and Logic skills, but during the course of the Music career it will tell you under Skills.


RNA Cognitive Reaction 23.03.2010. 17:25

How can I land the job at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago today? I really want to get this job, but every interview I ever go into, their follow up response is always "we have filled the position" any tips on how to really nail it?

RNA Cognitive Reaction

Admin 23.03.2010. 17:25

Dress appropriately - We don't care what's pierced or tattooed, but we do care about how you present yourself
Be authentic - Be yourself, don't fake it; be real
Be friendly - We hire friendly, talented people, and while experience may matter, a smile and warm personality matter more
Be energetic - We look for energy, passion, and excitement because those are the things we want to provide our guests
Be on time - In fact, be early; if you can't make it to the interview on time, you probably can't make it to work on time
Be prepared to get the job - We love confidence.

And ... sometimes it helps to send the GM a little note with your resume or just a little about yourself and the position for which you are applying.... ;-)

John Price
General Manager, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago


The Vital Witness 19.07.2013. 03:12

Is john cena a better actor than the rock? I saw john cena in Fred the movie in nick and I thought he did a lot better job than the rock did in his whole movie career. I mean Fred the movie was the shit. Is he a overall better and more famous actor than the rock. Do you consider Cena A list actor?

The Vital Witness

Admin 19.07.2013. 03:12

I don't particularly like The Rock, but he's definitely and A-lister. People who don't watch or even hate pro-wrestling still love The Rock and watch his movies. John Cena is a huge star in the wrestling world but outside of that, he's not all that known. Cena is definitely not an A list actor.

A list is like Edward Norton, Robert Downey Jr, Leonardo DiCaprio. Bruce Willis and yes, The Rock. Cena isn't anywhere near that level.


pro-ramer 04.03.2010. 18:49

What job opportunities are there in Malaysia for Foreign graduate students? I am planning to study Bachelors in Accounting and Finance in Malaysia and I want to know what are the chances of me getting a job after my graduation?Is my decision of going for higher education in Malaysia the right one or should i go to some other country?Please help


Admin 04.03.2010. 18:49



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