Job Fulfillment

How to Make More Money at Work

There are so many elements at play when it comes to finding a job that makes you feel happy and satisfied—things like office culture, work-life balance, work conditions, employee perks, and more. But these days, it often seems like you have to compromise that sense of purpose and satisfaction for higher pay.

Well, what if it didn’t have to be that way?

That’s why we’re sharing what we’ve learned along the way. When it comes to earning more money, job satisfaction is a critical factor in higher-paying jobs.

Unlocking Job Satisfaction

What is it that brings job satisfaction? Are they factors such as the one we mentioned above? Or does it depend more on aspects such as location, job security, or other elements we haven’t named?

Obviously, certain factors are more important to certain people. However, as proposed by Frederick Herzberg, a pioneer in motivation theory, there are two dimensions to job satisfaction: “hygiene” and motivation.” Hygiene may seem like an unusual term to use when describing motivation. In this case, it doesn’t refer to when you cube mate forgets to shower after the gym. Rather, hygiene issues in this case refer to salary and supervision, and these can decrease employee dissatisfaction with work. Motivators, such as recognition and achievement, make employees feel more productive and engaged. Herzberg theorized that once hygiene areas are addressed, motivators will promote job fulfillment.

This means that perhaps the most important factor in finding job satisfaction is believing that your work and tasks are important and meaningful. On top of that, employees want to have their good work acknowledged and feel that their loyalty and stellar performance will allow them to advance within the company, bringing them more pay along the way.

Finding the Right Seat for Yourself

As you might already know and have experienced, unlocking job satisfaction isn’t as simple as just committing to believing that your work is important and meaningful. Other components for this are ensuring that you’re in the right seat at the company given your experience, skills, needs, and goals. But, here at GoodJob, we know that the right fit is directly tied to something outside of the things hiring managers are typically looking for on a resume.

Unfortunately, employers still struggle with deploying the right talent where they’re most needed. A study found that 1 in 5 workers are in the wrong job, causing them to feel disengaged and unproductive in their roles. This lack of drive and fulfillment can bleed throughout an organization and affect the entire workforce.

And even if a company has hired the right person for a role, today’s ever-changing work environment inevitably creates a need for change or new skills. More and more companies are becoming increasingly open to moving employees to where their desires and strengths lie—so long as that employee is a good fit for the company. But what does that look like?

Personality Matters

When we say personality matters, we don’t mean that it’s important to be “nice” or “easy-going.” What we mean is that there are specific traits and behaviors in a person’s workplace personality that works with various jobs. These are the characteristics that truly matter when it comes to demonstrating commitment, connecting with management on a relational level, and showing that you’re a valuable part of the business, which all ultimately leads to more pay and long-term success at work.

So how do you identify these traits, then?

Most personality assessments test for the wrong things or use questionable logic to analyze responses and draw conclusions. But the PATH Assessment organizes employee traits and behaviors into four modes: purpose, approach thinking, and habits. Far from the average personality test, the PATH assessment leverages data science and artificial intelligence (AI) to match candidates for the traits most advantageous to specific roles.

Understand Yourself Better

Are you ready to uncover a sense of purpose in your full-time job while also advancing and earning higher pay? The PATH assessment will reveal who you are in the workplace—what drives you, how you interact with coworkers, how you problem solve, and how you take action.

Take the next step in identifying your dream job role by taking the PATH assessment today. Click here to learn more.

PATH Habits Trait Animals

Habits are practiced behaviors or actions you take to solve problems. When your response to a problem is to grab the bull by the horns, you’re functioning in the Habits mode.

While others may need time to consider or analyze the problem, your M.O. is to get started. Everyone wants to solve problems. Your traits (or combination of traits) help you take action.

Director

Cheetahs are best known for their speed, but they are much more than a fast cat. These creatures are hard-working, determined, and self-sufficient, much like the Director.

Coach

Dolphins are among the friendliest creatures in the sea. They are smart, curious, and creative. Their thirst for knowledge and inquisitiveness make them much like the Coach. 

Teacher

The owl is seen as a wise and observant creature. Like the Teacher, they are adaptable, intuitive, and in constant observation of their surroundings.

Machine

The horse is a gentle and intelligent animal. Like the Machine, they have tremendous endurance and are very hard working.

Founder

Meerkats are often seen as playful animals that thrive in their interesting social communities. Many people don’t know that they’re also organized, collaborative, and problem solvers, much like the Founder.

Prospector

While sheep are, in fact, the flock animals that most people think of, many people don’t realize that sheep are also very intelligent creatures. They have an excellent memory and like the Prospector, they have an innate ability to prioritize and make decisions based on the information they have.

Scientist

Penguins are loyal, intelligent, and protective animals. Like the Scientist, they’re also known as methodical trouble-shooters who like to find solutions to problems like how to best find their next meal.

Strategist

Whales are known as cooperative and devoted animals who travel large distances in their lifetime. Like the Strategist they are excellent planners who work well as part of a team (or pod).

Technologist

Beavers are energetic and playful animals that are adaptive to their environment. Like the Technologist, they’re good at focusing on solutions.

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PATH Thinking Trait Animals

Thinking is how you process the world around you. It’s how you evaluate and understand both problems and solutions. When you use your way of thinking as a tool at work, you are likely to get your colleagues to walk through problems the same way as you.

We all have different ways of thinking. These traits (or combination of traits) will help you better understand how you process information and problem situations with others.

Decision Maker

Raccoons are adaptable and clever creatures. Much like the Decision Maker they’re also very resourceful problem solvers.

Journalist

Most people think of house cats as aloof and standoffish, however many cats are curious introverted thinkers. Much like Journalists, they’re astute creatures that enjoy working towards a goal.

Innovator

The octopus is an interesting creature that scientists know to be clever, intelligent and perceptive. Like an Innovator they are strong, resourceful, and have a knack for finding unique and innovative solutions.

Straight Arrow

The wolf is a focused and intelligent animal that has been shown to stay dedicated to their pack. Like the Straight Arrow, they’re dependable team players that work collaboratively for the greater good.

Don’t know your PATH yet? Start here to learn more about your strengths! 

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House Habits

If the PATH Sorting Hat places you in House Habits, you’re likely resourceful and strategic. You have a lot of ambition, and you practice behaviors or actions that solve problems. You’ve got to have Habits to be quick on your feet and come out on top!

While others may need time to consider or analyze the problem, your M.O. is to get started. Everyone wants to solve problems. Your traits (or combination of traits) help you take action. 

Draco Malfoy

Draco is a STRATEGIST! As a Strategist, Draco acts with well-organized plans. He can see the big picture and is able to prioritize tasks to reach the overarching goal. His PATH patronus is a Whale!

Severus Snape

Professor Snape is a DIRECTOR! As a Director, Professor Snape knows the resources available and their limits. He’s incredibly efficient in the way he works and can quickly deploy new strategies. His PATH patronus is a Cheetah!

Don’t know your PATH yet? Start here to learn more about your strengths! 

PATH Approach Trait Animals

Approach is how you interact with your colleagues. It’s the way you talk to, work with, and relate to people. If you like connecting in a particular way, you are likely to think others want to connect in that way, too. This approach also holds true for your colleagues at work. It’s almost like your workplace love language!

Everyone interacts and has a way of interacting with others. Your trait (or combination of traits) help uncover how you interact with others.

Connector

Elephants are known for being compassionate, emotionally intelligent and having strong social bonds, much like the Connector. In fact, elephants are so strongly connected that they have been known to display clear signs of grieving upon losing a member of their herd.

Closer

While Honey Bees are known for their important role as pollinators, they’re also excellent Communicators. Honey Bees have honed their ability to communicate and build friendly hives.

Counselor

The Panda is a gentle animal and likely the mildest disposition of any bear. Like the Counselor, Pandas are sensitive and respond to others in their environment

Motivator

Seals are extroverted performers who love to have fun. Like Motivators, they’re social creatures that enjoy interactions with others. They’re cooperative and support other seals during their time in seal colonies.

Influencer

Lions are widely praised as being brave leaders and the well-known king of the jungle. This is much like the Influencer who is similarly a gifted leader and motivator.

Harmonizer

The otter is outwardly one of the most adorable animals, but many people don’t realize these friendly creatures are actually the glue holding their ecosystem together. Much like the Harmonizer, they better the lives of those around them by bringing people together.

Don’t know your PATH yet? Start here to learn more about your strengths! 

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House Thinking

If the PATH Sorting Hat places you in House Thinking, you likely are a deep thinker. You’re intelligent, always planning one (or more) steps ahead. You’ve got to think outside the box to fight for the greater good!

We all have different ways of thinking. These traits (or combination of traits) will help you better understand how you process information and problem situations with others.

Luna Lovegood

Luna is an INNOVATOR! As an Innovator, Luna develops solutions to create change. She’s infinitely adaptable and resourceful. Her PATH patronus is an Octopus!

Myrtle Warren

Moaning Myrtle is a JOURNALIST! As a Journalist, Moaning Myrtle analyzes the world through observation. She can discern goals and spot mistakes, gathering a lot of knowledge quickly. Her PATH patronus is a Cat!

Don’t know your PATH yet? Start here to learn more about your strengths! 

House Approach

If the PATH Sorting Hat places you in House Approach, you likely enjoy reaching your goals by connecting and relating with others. You’re humble, patient, and loyal. You’ve got to have Approach to bring people from all walks of life together!

Everyone interacts and has a way of interacting with others. Your trait (or combination of traits) help uncover how you interact with others. 

Cedric Diggory

Cedric is a CONNECTOR! As a Connector, Cedric unites team members by bringing teams together through caring, helping, and sharing. He uses his network of people and knowledge of resources to accomplish his goals quickly and efficiently. His PATH patronus is an Elephant!

Nymphadora Tonks

Tonks is a MOTIVATOR! As a Motivator, Tinks reaches goals by leading her team through challenges together. She has a positive attitude that stimulates enthusiasm across the team. Her PATH patronus is a Seal!

Don’t know your PATH yet? Start here to learn more about your strengths! 

House Purpose

If the PATH Sorting Hat places you in House Purpose, you’re driven to help others through different means of motivating them. You’re all about achieving your goals and helping others achieve theirs, too. You’ve got to have Purpose to take on Voldemort!

Everyone is motivated and motivates others in different ways. Your traits (or combination of traits) help uncover what drives you.

Harry Potter

Harry is an ACHIEVER! As an Achiever, Harry’s inner drive to meet challenges head on and his steady disposition makes him a great leader. His PATH patronus is an Eagle!

Hermione Granger

Hermione is a PROFESSOR! As a Professor, Hermione is a storehouse of knowledge in many areas. She never settles for the status quo! She lives in service to her insatiable curiosity and will never stop learning. Her PATH patronus is a Fox!

Ron Weasley

Ron is a SERVANT LEADER! As a Servant Leader, Ron is a team player. He is loyal and dependable, always showing up for those around him. He’s motivated by the cause and what it means to the world around him. His PATH patronus is a Dog!

Ginny Weasley

Ginny is a PRODUCER! As a Producer, Ginny is motivated by results. She’s excellent at quickly sorting through critical information to achieve goals and make decisions. Her PATH patronus is an Ant!

Rubeus Hagrid

Hagrid is a TRUSTEE! As a Trustee, Hagrid is motivated by commitment. He is accountable, dedicated, and always delivers results on time. His PATH patronus is a Deer!

Don’t know your PATH yet? Start here to learn more about your strengths! 

PATH Purpose Trait Animals

Whatever gets you out of bed in the morning – that’s your purpose. Often we feel like something that motivates ourselves will motivate others too. When you’re using purpose as a tool at work, you’ll likely encourage your colleagues in the way you like to be motivated.

Everyone is motivated and motivates others in different ways. Your traits (or combination of traits) help uncover what drives you.

Achiever

The eagle is independent, driven and focused – much like the Achiever. These powerful birds of prey have excellent vision, like to soar high, and are fearless.

Competitor

The ram is a bighorn sheep that is fast, tough, and light on their feet. They are also fiercely competitive!

Producer

The ant is small but mighty. The unique physiology of an ant enables them to lift objects around 20 times their own body weight, making them extremely productive creatures.

Professor

The fox is curious, adaptable and very clever. Much like Professors, foxes are constantly adapting and pushing boundaries.

Servant Leader

The dog is often seen as one of the most loyal animals on the planet. Dogs are genuine, self-less, committed in nature, much like the Servant Leader.

Trustee

The deer is seen as a sweet animal that cares about others of its kind. They possess a combination of emotional connectedness and efficiency, much like the Trustee.

Don’t know your PATH yet? Start here to learn more about your strengths! 

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PATH Planner 2021: The Project Planner

We created a Project Planner add-on to our PATH Planner 2021! Whether a project at home or a project at work, the key to success is mapping it all out before diving in. The PATH Project Planner is meant to guide you before, during, and even after you complete it. Use this tool to get your projects done quickly and efficiently. The hardest part is identifying which project to tackle first!

Don’t know your PATH yet? Start here to learn more about your strengths! 

P – Purpose. Purpose-driven people are motivated by goals. You can capitalize on your Purpose traits by reflecting on the previous year, deciding what your goals and intentions are for the next year, and breaking it all down into smaller, trackable pieces. 

A – Approach. Approach-driven people are driven by connections. You can capitalize on your Approach traits by identifying people who can help you achieve your goals or make connections with like-minded people. 

T – Thinking. Thinking-driven people are always striving to be better. You can capitalize on your Thinking traits by making lists of things you’ve learned or done that week and taking time to be grateful for your experiences as they happen.

H – Habits. Habits-driven people are peak performers when they have a regular routine. You can capitalize on your Habits traits by using alarms and timers to break your day into chunks and remind yourself to do things like move your body and drink water.

Each one of us is unique and has aspects of all the above behaviors. It’s all about understanding them and putting them together for maximum success.

Download the complete planner in the PDF below.