‘I want to be happy with my job.’ Do you agree with this statement? Nowadays, work is no longer seen as a mere obligation and responsibility to meet the demands and needs of life. Besides seeking financial security, more people are now aspired to engage in a job role that will is fulfilling, enriching and meaningful.

While economic reasons for survival in life is undoubtedly the biggest motivation for people to go to work everyday, now people wish to get more than paychecks at the end of each month.

A survey conducted by PwC about Millennials at work finds that salary or benefits is not the main factor that influences talents to accept a job offer. Instead, 65 percent respondents state that an opportunity for personal development is the most attractive element that draws candidates to accept a job offer.

Interestingly, the survey discovers that 16 percent millennials see the potential to make a difference in their work life becoming a crucial factor to take up a job role. The findings further reflect a significant shift in employees’ perceptions about happiness at work. Now we know that everyone wants to be happy with their job roles, but is the happiness at work a mere pleasure or means to fulfillment?

Which one of these scenarios makes you happier? Getting a pay raise or earning the trust of an employer to be the next team leader on your dream project? Well the truth is, these two things will undoubtedly give you a thrill. So the next question is, which happiness could last longer? Chances are, the second scenario will make you happier for a longer period of time.

Getting pay raise is indeed a pleasant news. However, when the payday comes, you have to use it for various purposes, and towards the end of it all, it seems to remain a mere number. Whereas, when you become a project leader, you can develop great ideas to boost productivity of your team, while honing your personal skills. There will be a sense of satisfaction when the project turns out to be a success and this will directly reflect on the organisation’s profits.

From the examples above, we can learn that pleasure is a sheer happiness that tends to not last long. Here, pleasure is closely aligned with ‘receiving’. When you hear about a pay raise, you might be happy to imagine the stuffs you could purchase later. However when the money is all used, the happiness will soon disappear along with the disappearance of great cash from your wallet.

Also, sometimes you do feel that the pay raise is not enough to buy everything you need in your shopping list. Towards the end, this kind of happiness is only an instant pleasure that will be eroded with time easily.

On the other hand, fulfillment is a sense of happiness and contentment which lingers longer in your soul. Fulfillment is closely associated with ‘giving’. When you get an opportunity to become the team leader on a particular project, which means you make real contribution to the organisation growth, it will spur your spirit to perform the best.

Getting the chance to make a difference will make you sense fulfilment mentally as well as feel valued as a human being, not just as a mere employee. Eventually, this kind of happiness will make you feel more satisfied with your work, so you tend to be more loyal and engaged with the organisation.

In conclusion, pleasure can be said as how you ‘spend on’ something, while fulfillment is how you ‘invest into’ something. If pleasure places emphasis on current happiness, then fulfillment enables you to think ahead about the future happiness.

Although there is nothing wrong to take pleasure in something and choosing to be happy, however you should make work more meaningful to keep your inner-self feeling satisfied and valuable.

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