What are the things that dream jobs are made of?
Finding a job that suits you can be hard work by itself. In some cases, people are forced to take jobs they don’t like but these are extreme cases. Most people don’t make a distinction between a well-paid job and a good job. Of course, we all want to make enough to live with leisure but this is not the only thing that you should focus on. You will be spending eight hours a day, five to six days a week in your workplace. If you don’t feel comfortable and if your work environment causes stress on a daily bases, it is only a matter of time until this reflects on your personality, health and you start taking your work related issues home.
When you go job hunting, make sure you have a clear idea about what kind of work environment makes you happy. Here are some things you should focus on, that generally make up a healthy work environment.
- Room to grow
Opportunity for professional development is an essential part of every good employment option. No matter how passionate you are about your job, you will eventually lose your touch and your motivation if you get stuck in one position doing repetitive and unfulfilling work. Every job should give you the opportunity to learn new things and expand your skill-set. No matter what kind of work you do, everyone wants to progress and develop and if there are no opportunities for this, it might be a good idea to pass on that particular job opening, no matter the cash they are offering.
- Family spirit
Most people assume that work has to be a disconnected, cold environment in which everyone adheres to the rules of professional conduct. Every work environment needs a dose of professionalism, but if people don’t know anything about each other and don’t communicate, the whole idea of teamwork loses its effectiveness. Also, if there is no communication between employees, managers and CEOs than there is a lot less room for development and collective advancement. It is also a lot better to feel like you are amongst friends when you are at work and this boosts motivation and raises the personal investment of each employee.
- Contribution acknowledgment
When you do something right or go over your obligations and make an effort to make something perfect, you want to be acknowledged for the hard work you put in. If you are breaking your neck, day in and day out to do good work and contribute to your company’s growth, it is highly demotivating to feel under-appreciated. Companies who do not value their employees are not the place to be. Sometimes we are forced to put up with this kind of employment but if you feel that your employer is neglecting your hard work, keep an open eye for other employment options. Hard working people are welcome everywhere and chances are that you will find an employer who won’t take your dedication for granted.
- Fair salary
Most people know how much their work is worth. In some cases, the company is not in a position to pay you the amount of money most people will with your occupation earn. If you really like the work environment, then you might want to give it some time and attempt to work as a team to get the company on the right track. In other cases, employers might want to trick you and pay you less than you deserve. In those cases you can either quit, or you can even sue them. There are some situations in which it makes sense to accept a salary that is not ideal but don’t let your employers take advantage of you. On top of that, an under-payed employee is usually an unhappy employee.
We have to get used to the fact that our happiness largely depend on our professional success. It influences our financial state, our stress levels and the way we feel about how we are spending our time. A sense of accomplishment we get from doing quality work can boost our moral and make us more confident, but a bad working environment can push us into the completely opposite direction so choose wisely and you will prosper.