Job evaluation: Are you in the right job?

job evaluation

Have you undertaken a job evaluation lately? Are you just miserably commuting every day thinking it’s safe, comfortable, and OK? But ask yourself, is it stimulating? Are you growing? Are you being given opportunities to lead? Are you recognised for your effort? Is the pay worth it? Is the 6.30am daily commute worth it?

In order to perform to your best level, you need to have a look at your environment, your approach to work, and the work itself. If you are not enjoying your job, you are unlikely to give it your full energy, or achieve your best work. There are many factors to consider when evaluating whether it’s time to move on.

Here’s a list of some things that are important to people (based on Towers Watson survey 2012):

Job security
Base pay
Healthcare benefits
Vacation/paid time off
Organization’s reputation as a great place to work
Length of commute
Career development opportunities
Retirement benefits
Challenging work
Promotion opportunities
Relationship with supervisor/manager
Organisation’s products/services
Caliber of co-workers
Learning and development opportunities

Which ones are most important to you? Could you rank 10 of them in order of importance?

If you do that, it becomes very easy to evaluate each of those 10 factors against your current job. On a scale of 1-5 (5 is high) how much does your current job fulfil each factor?

Below is a simple online job evaluation tool, which allows you to add the 10 factors that are the most important to you. Then you can rank them from 10 (most important) to 1 (least important). Lastly, rate the amount of each factor from your current job from 5 (highest) to 1 (lowest).

Make sure you add a minimum and maximum of 10 factors in order for the result to be accurate. (That means add 10. Not 8, or 4, or 7. Make sure it is 10 otherwise the result won’t be right).

Each factor must have a different number in the ‘Importance’ column from 1-10 (no doubling up on numbers, or equal importance for any 2 or 3 items).

The form will tell you whether you should start looking for new pastures, or stay put.

Have a go at your own objective job evaluation.

Note: You may have many other important factors of your own to add, rather than the list above. Feel free to put in whatever is important to YOU. This calculator is for you to evaluate what’s important to you in your job.