Personal satisfaction

Published on September 5th, 2011 | by Pete

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Job Satisfaction vs. Extra Money

There may be times in life when you have to make a choice – job satisfaction or extra money. I have been offered a potential promotion at work which would mean an extra £5,000 a year. The money would certainly be useful, as all of my various updates would show you. However, the position is not one that interests me. In fact I was in a similar role a few years ago and came reasonably close to leaving a career path which I am committed to, and very passionate about. You spend so much of your time at work, and I really cannot see the value in choosing to do that in a way that drives you mad. I know I’m very lucky to have a job that I love, and therefore even the lure of extra money (and earlier debt removal) is not enough to convince me to consider the promotion opportunity.

My wife was in a similar position last year. She was working for a company who seemed to specialise in making their staff feel undervalued, and also seemed to be hellbent on achieving the world record for most amount of tears shed by one workforce in a single year. Last I heard they were close to matching Lake Windemere for liquid volume. Typically, the pay was reasonable, and this meant that it felt more difficult for my wife to leave without feeling guilty about the extra pressure this might put on our finances. There was other work lined up for her to go to, although it would mean less pay. After many discussions, it was decided that she would resign. I can’t tell you how relieved I was. Even though it meant that we would have to be even more careful with our limited funds, my wife’s happiness was more important. Since then, she has got a job which is much closer to the career she wants, so it all worked out in the end. I genuinely think life is too short to do a job that makes you sad or saps your soul, although I do understand that sometimes people feel they do not have a choice. As always, please share your views…

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