I know a person with the following issue in their workplace, and I wish to help them, however I am unsure as to what suggestions to give them. So here goes (Lets call this person Jane).
Jane works as a slightly senior employee of a large company and just spent the last year compiling a massive report. The report essentially details the recommendations for the company, to ensure that the company's equipment maintains its compatibility with everyone else's equipment. I should note that the person who wrote this report was writing it as a professional in the field.
After preparing this report and submitting it to an more senior person, at its completion a couple of months ago, she also presented it to a senior group of employees (Of which a greater majority agreed with the proposed changes). She was then told that the company already knew the answers to the problems that the report covered. However, she was also told that these answers had been decided upon by people whom had not read her report yet.
I should note here, that Jane sees that there are a lot of problems with the company that she works at, and she doesn't feel as if any of her suggestions are considered or taken seriously (Despite this report being essentially the nature of her specific job).
Jane has expressed to me that she finds it hard to go to work each day, and feels that she is wasting her life (As nothing she does seems to be acted upon). She also finds that even when she is at home, she is in turmoil, due to her feeling like her time has been wasted and disregarded. She feels as if the company's goal is to save money, rather then fulfill its designated role (This is a company with significant ties to public infrastructure in the USA).
My question is, when the goal of a company is to save or make money at all costs, and your assigned tasks and goals as an employee run counter to the most important goal of making/saving money, how can one find satisfaction or appreciation in their job?