Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. believes that there is more to finding success in the work place than just how much money you make. Of course, being in a position that rewards you financially is beneficial to your life, but at what cost should you sacrifice your happiness for your paycheck? So, we decided to review this interesting article by Joshua Becker about what to look for in a job!
“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could have possibly imagined.” – Roger Caras
To help you get motivated to wake up and go to work every day, consider these 12 factors in finding your dream job other than what you’ll take home in your paycheck.
1. Choose a job that adds value. Does it make a positive difference in some way? By doing your job, are you leaving value?
2. You enjoy your co-workers. You spend most of your day, week, and life working. But, do you enjoy the people around you? It is comforting to know that the people in the workplace support you, cheer for you, and want to work together as a team.
3. You feel appreciated and valued. Having a big paycheck is always nice, but appreciation at work is something you carry with you every day. This can be communicated through respect, unexpected gifts, or even just a simple, “thank you.”
4. You are trusted. It’s a good feeling when you don’t always have someone looking over your shoulder. When you’re given a task, are you given the freedom to complete it?
5. Your work is something you enjoy. The old saying, “Find a job that you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Look for a job that keeps you motivated by its nature not by your paycheck, because the luster of a big paycheck wears off quickly if you are unhappy in your position.
6. Your job should fit your personality. Anyone who has taken a personality test knows we all have unique personalities that will thrive in certain environments. Some enjoy working with people, some enjoy working alone, some enjoy calling the shots, others enjoy taking direction. Find a job that fits you!
7. It challenges you to grow! Find something that pushes you out of your comfort zone. Whether this is through challenging assignments, demanding of excellence, or educational opportunities, find something that forces you to grow beyond your current skill set that you’re comfortable with and makes you a better person.
8. The company values align with yours. At the end of the day, your integrity is what matters most. Don’t compromise that when you go to work. If you’re in a job that requires you to go against your personal beliefs, you should find something else.
9. Does your work provide you with a flexible and results oriented culture? A culture of flexibility suggests results-driven focus. A focus that is more interested in you successfully completing your job with excellence rather than clocking the amount of hours you spend working during the day.
10. It values family. You value your family right? Your job should too.
11. It brings you balance. Work is not so bad when you enjoy it. But, if you find yourself not being able to explore other endeavors because you’re always working, it’s not healthy for your soul, life, or body. Find a position that allows you to enjoy your life outside of work too.
12. Last but not least, it brings you SATISFACTION! Can you look back at your day, your week, your year with satisfaction? If the answer is yes, then this is more valuable than any number of digits listed in your bank account.