When I was growing up I always wanted to be a court room lawyer. This ambition soon made way for soccer, parties and having adolescent fun.
I think most of us may have always had some idea of the career path we wanted to pursue. While it may have changed over the years, we eventually knew the industry we desired to work in. However, expectations aren’t always met. This can lead to a variety of reasons for us disliking our jobs.
31% of professionals believe they aren’t paid enough
According to recent business research approximately 31 percent of professionals believe they aren’t paid enough, 21 percent have a poor work-life balance and 20 percent cite an unreasonable workload as the cause of their unhappiness.
Others have also experienced issues with incompatible bosses and co-workers, long commutes to and from work and the lack of job advancement.
Money doesn’t buy happiness…but it helps
If you really love what you’re doing, you may be willing to overlook a low salary because you’ll be working in a position you enjoy surrounded by people who have similar skills and interests.
However, if that job starts becoming a place you dread going to and you’re frustrated with co-workers and your boss, you may feel disenchanted and that small amount of money is going to create tension.
We all like to know that our hard work is appreciated, and that may come in the form of benefits and higher pay.
It has been proven that money is a short term motivator and not long term. Long term motivation comes from challenges in the job, the chance to advance and the elevation in status.
If we aren’t receiving those promotions, we might not want to continue working for the company.
Generally low salary and poor benefits are the main reasons top workers quit.
Other benefits may help compensate for lower salaries, but they cannot solve the problem. A higher pay reflects our hard work and is a sign of our climb up the corporate ladder.
However, if we are not receiving those promotions, we may feel that our path with the company has reached its end, and we will look elsewhere for employment.
Social life is just as important as work
While having a job is a part of growing up, it doesn’t have to be the sole focus of our adulthood.
Most of us want positions where we can have both careers and personal lives. When we don’t get that, we are more likely to be dissatisfied with our jobs.
We define this work-life balance differently, and what is important to one person may not be as crucial to another.
However, too many demands on one side can have a domino effect of negative results.
According to the Mayo Clinic, spending too much time either at your job or continuing to work at home can leave you tired, stressed and sick. It can also lead to more responsibility, which will only exacerbate the other effects.
People need satisfaction both at work and in their personal lives.
To strike the balance between work and personal life, we must figure out ways to improve overall satisfaction, we all want options that will reduce the pressure that is placed on our shoulders.
To achieve this we must also learn to adjust to new habits, this can start by leaving the office on time and leaving job-related tasks at work.
It’s impossible to achieve a work-life balance if you don’t make time for yourself to relax and recuperate.
I am still in full time employment, working at a job that no longer challenges me. My job pays well and gives me a good life.
15 years ago I left a job that paid me £10000 more than I get now, my reason – Work/Life balance.
I have always wanted to work for myself and I have had a couple of sorties into the world of self-employment but have never found the correct vehicle and path that suits.
Back in 2015 I made the decision to retrain as life Coach and I am busy trying to build my client base.
I really want to work for myself, from home and to begin to slow down. I write this blog and a blog on my coaching site this is my path for the future.
After many years I have found a path and a vehicle will take me towards my dream. I do aim to make money form this site and along with my coaching I aim to give up working for an employer.
This site and my coaching site are hosted at Wealthy Affiliate and the guidance and support I receive from them will help me reach my destination.
If some of the stuff above hits a chord with you then do not be afraid of looking for another career path. You can start on your journey to a new future while still working.
Your comments and feedback would very much be appreciated!
Bye from Stewart!