IELTS practice – JOB SATISFACTION

As most people spend a mahor part of their adult life at work, job satisfaction is an important element of individual wellbeing.

What factors contribute to job satisfaction?

How realistic is the expectation of job satisfaction for all workers?

Most people have been trapped in the “rat-race” of life, where they do the routines of work just to pay the rent, buy food and attend to various financial obligations. Just as important as our jobs are, satisfaction shall also be met in order to sustain the very vein that feeds us and kept us alive.

For me, job satisfaction could be attained with the following: (1)Just compensation, (2)Good realationships among collegeaues, (3) Feeling of self worth, (4) Positive outputs.

JUST COMPENSATION.  Having a just compensation is the main concern of all workers. It is the main reason why people forced themselves to wake up early in the morning, sacrifice their breakfast and ensures a perfect performance at work. It is the the most obvious exchange for all the sacrifices made for the benefit of his/her company. Without this, worker’s morale would sink and outputs won’t be very pleasing for sure.

GOOD RELATIONSHIP AMONG COLLEAGEUS. Working in a company would then require you to work as a team, and that, you should be a good team player yourself. Having a good relationship amongst your peer would make your work-life a lot more easier- It would not only ease down the tensions at work but also would wipe-out the boredom,often times, attached to it. Happy workers equals good results.

FEELING of SELF WORTH. The fact that you feel wanted and needed by your company/institution makes you happy and satisfied somehow. The feeling of being appreciated for all your efforts you contribute makes you strive even harder to produce more positive outputs.

POSITIVE OUTPUTS.   Upon seeing/witnessing a positive change after all your contributions at work, One could feel satisfied that his hardships have paid offf and had helped clients in various ways. By seeing these outputs, one could feel satisfied on his/her role in the company.

However, In today’s modern world, no job is perfect enough to meet all its employees satisfaction. For example, a high paying job would demand from its employees more outputs than what used to be; adding more loads of pressure to the nature of work itself. The more pressured the employees are, the more grumpy they become which affects, for sure, the interpersonal relationship amongst co-workers. Morever, having a bad relationship among your colleageues might be an avenue for you to question your worth for the company; as others might question your ability to carry on your job well and on time. By all these mentioned realities, positive outputs are rarely attained which lowers further the morale of all the company’s employees.

Impossible as it may seem, job satisfaction could somehow be attained by being patient and tolerant enough to each others uniqureness, thus the word adaptability comes into play. Open communication and respect are two other factors worth mentioning too.

Job satisfaction, therefore, could not be attained by simply setting up your own standards. It is in the way how you deal with your job, the people you are working with, and the expectations expected from you as a team player of your company. By simply engaging yourself the “right attitude:, job satisfaction might  be and could be a reality.

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IELTS writing practice 1

Some people think that universitites should provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. Others think that the true function of a university should be to give access to knowledge for its own sake, regardless of whether the course is usedul to an emplyer

What, in your own opinion, should be the main function of a university?

After reading the book by Robert Kiyosaki’s “RICH DAD, POOR DAD”, the same query popped up into my thoughts– What should our universities/colleges teach us? Should these institutions focus on giving their students all the appropriate knowledge and skills to engage them to the unevitatble inclusion of everyone in the future workforce? Or shall they engage their students into a more wholistic approach without thinking what would an employer expectes from their fresh graduates? For me, the answer is simple– Universities and Colleges should do both, thus, the following lines would prove my thoughts on this possibility.

In my own definition, Universitiies and Colleges are the very institutions responsible for the mental grwoth of each individual. It is where minds are trained to solve problems, learn tricks on business/healthcare or any fields-ailike. It is the training ground where students acquire all he/she needs to enable themselves the significant skills/strategies in solving future problems that might confront them in their chosen post graduate field of work. It is an established fact that everyone needs to work to surivive in this world and that Universities exist to prepare everyone to be competent enough as they join the workfore in the coming years.

The existence of Clubs/Organization/Fraternities/Societies supplements the knowledge provided by the university. It is in these groups where members learn important life’s lessson in a very unique and sometimes surprising ways. I can say such since I have been a member of a fraternity in College where I unexpectedly learn personal lessons, which are by the way too many to mention, that I would always treasure. These learnings are those knowledge that might not be an added asset in our curriculum vitae for future/prospect employers, but are as equally important as those; for it changes and gives a whole new definition on what life really is and how to deal with it. Life, after all, doesnt revolve on work alone.

To sum it all up, Universities shall continue on what they ave been doing-preparing their students to be the best globally competitive professionals of various fields. Moreover, the same institutions should encourage their students to join Clubs/Organizations of their interest that would supplement their learnings. A well trained University student, coupled with a bag full of wisdom acquired from extra curricular activities makes the person the BEST!-and hat for me is undebatable.

The “SALARY ADVANCE” drama

My parents have been sinking with a lot of financial obligations-from the varied loans we took in the past to the not-so-obliged-life support of my brother’s family. And this month just proved just that. People thought that we live a bounty life…having mom working as a nurse at a government hospital in Qatar and Dad as an Engineer at a fairly reputable construction company. Equating their salaries are the varied loans and financial obligations they are attending to.

And so, the crisis lives on. Today, our landlady was pressuring my mom to pay our house rent. Mom, unfortunately has a few rials to spare and told me if I could help her pay the rent as of the moment. So, I decided to apply for a “cash advance” from my hospital — and the story begins here.

The moment I reported for duty, all I could think about is how and when would I apply for the said cash advance. I am fully aware that my hospital is in brink of financial turmoil and has been rejecting any cash advance applications so as giving our monthly salaries on time. With all those in mind, I planned on how I could convince the administration to grant my request. So the thought of threatening them of not reporting to duty the following day sounds good. After all, If I will not report to my duty, the laboratory would collapse and it would create a great problem for the whole hospital itself.

I went to Erika to have my request prepared and then proceeded to the HR office to have it signed and approved. I explained to the manager that I badly need the money and I need it now. I made it obvious on how serious I am without telling my life’s drama. Then Mr. Izzeldin, the HR manager, told me that he would forward my request to the accountant and have it approved with the finance manager.

An hour after, I came back the the HR office to followup my request. Later did I know that my paper has been forwarded to the accountant. So I went to the accountant’s office and asked about the status of my request. It was with this guy where I told him on how badly I need the money and lightly threaten him that I would not report to duty the following day if so my money wont be release, lieing that I would be searching for a part-time job just to satisfy my needs. So the accountant told me that he understand my situation and would discuss the matter to the finance manager—and that I would have to wait after few hours.

An hour before my shift ends, I was very agitated of the fact that no updates were being relayed to me. I was sitting next to a stale telephone- waiting for an approval call from the accounts office. On the hype of the need, I rushed to the administration office and overheard the three accomplices talking- The finance manager, the accountant and the HR manger. They were talking in a mixed arabic and english language—they seemed to be talking about me. They were formulating on an excuse to say right in front of my face. I overheard the finance manger becoming furious about my threats while the other two might just be fairly airing out my side and the possible consequence it might lead into.

I was there standing infront of administration office door–trying to understand their discussions. I was at my post for approximately 10 mins-waiting for their “meeting” to end. Then, the door opened and the accountant was shocked with my presence infront of the door….waiting and seemingly prepared to battle things out.

Then I asked him, ” any updates with my request?” then the accountant told me with wide eyes opened, “okey just a minute” ,

He went back inside and seemingly whispered things to the HR manager and finance manager. After a couple of seconds, the finance manager went out of the door and came to meet me. I looked to him straight to the eye and noticed his reddened face….maybe because of the his high blood pressure after being upset with my threats.

I tried to maintain a stern and a no-nonsense look. We had a casual greetings to open up the conversation and then I began telling him the urgency of my request. He replied  in a mid-high voice, that he doesnt like my threats and told me that it is not a good way to negotiate things. The man in his glasses looking straight at me told me a metaphor, “If a child is crying, it takes a few minutes to prepare for his milk” just like my request, I did a request, and so I should give him time to accomodate such request. He told me blah blah blah excuses which I know for sure were’nt true. I cut him in the middle of his sentence saying

“Mr. Khalil, I rarely go to this office and ask for advance, I am here because I badly need the money and I badly need it today” ,

 He then brought up the topic that he could terminate me if I dont report to duty..I didnt elaborate more on my threats since I know it might lead me to greater troubles, then I said again,

“Mr. Khalil I really need the money and what I am asking is just a portion of my salary, its just 1000QR, thats all I need, I hope you understand my situation”

He then toned down (maybe because I was calm the whole time and didnt gave him a fight) and said,

“You only need 1000QR, you dont need more?”

I smiled at him and told him, “ofcourse if you could give me more it is much appreciated but what I need as of the moment is 1000QR.

He then called the accountant to prepare my one-month salary. With a deep sigh, the accountant left the room.

Then he then told me, “I will try to accomodate your request today, give me your number and I will call you this afternoon”

then, I repeat my line again ,”Mr. Khalil I hope you could grant my request today since I badly need it this afternoon,” and then he nodded at me…seemingly avoiding an eye-to-eye contact.

As I was about to turn my back at him, he stopped me and told me,

Prince, one more thing, whenver I say good morning to you please reply good morning too, you are taking things personal at me. I hope you will take our financial issues professionaly.”

Then I said, “Mr. Khalil I cant remember a time that I didnt greet you”

he replied, “No, whenever I say good morning to you, you just snob me”

Then I smiled and said my fake “thank yous”

And so 3pm came and it seems that I couldnt take my advance as for the moment. So I went home and told my mom that I dont have money with me and that I am seriously thinking of not reporting to duty the next day. I then shared everything that happened that day to Mom. In the middle of the conversation, I received a call that If I could come back to the hospital and take my cash advance—and so I rushed to the hospital and took what is due to me.

All the drama of today ended well. The whole time I was talking with my near-furious finance manager was my mom. I was also about to raise my voice but believe me, I really saw a picture of my mom. Then I thought, If i would loose my cool, I might be able to insult this guy and he might terminate me for such. If I would get terminated, no one could give and remind my mom of his medicines and would cook for them. If I was thinking of myself alone, I could have gave the man a good debate and debacle. If i get terminated, there are a lot of work waiting for me in my place. But then I again, I choose to keep my cool, I choose to deal things with diplomacy. I choose to talk things out well and appeal nicely.

I agree that giving threats of not reporting to duty isnt a good idea. If I am in the place of the finance manager, I might have done actions about such threats. I am glad that I was in a win win situation. I got the money and I didnt lost the respect of our finance manager. Our conversation ended well and I didnt regret of doing so. After all, diplomacy is really the best way to deal with things.

MY CHOICE of BEING GOOD is because of my MOM and that choice gave me a great advantage at the end.