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Alicia Mazzara wrote in last week's Fed Buzz about a recent study by the Partnership for Public Service that found job satisfaction was higher among younger federal workers. Many of you weighed in before the column and a few GovLoopers (Jack Shaw, Daniel Crystal and Mark Hammer) were quoted in the column.
O'Connor wrote: "You come in wanting to fight the good fight, to make government better, to serve the people, and you leave counting your blessings that you could pay your mortgage? Is that really what it's all about? Say it ain't so!
"Somewhere, in the midst of our careers, we lose perspective. When you begin to operate from a place of fear, you get tunnel vision."
If you're struggling with a loss of job satisfaction because you just aren't as enthusiastic about your position anymore, read the specific steps O'Connor mentions, or leave more tips for keeping job satisfaction and enthusiasm high.