I am happy to welcome Mia of Molly Mia as my guest blogger for the month of March. She will tell us the importance of finding job satisfaction and happiness in the workplace…
Firstly, I would like to thank Honey for proposing the collaboration and giving me a chance to venture out of my comfort zone and writing something more personal and sharing something deeper in my thoughts.
I’m pretty sure you lovely readers of Honey’s blog will be very unfamiliar with me and what I do for a living. Well, I’m a Civil & Structural Engineer in the day, and runs a lifestyle blog at night. I’ve always wanted to write my thoughts on something work related on my blog, but felt that it doesn’t fit into my food and beauty related blog niche, so the idea just kept spinning as though on a carousel ride in my head and never got drafted out on paper. But now, here it is!
Work constitute a large part of our life, regardless if you like it or not. My current (and very new) working hours (on paper) is 9 hours a day (8am to 6pm), 6 days a week. So really, a typical week for me is over 50% work occupied excluding sleep. Imagine how depressing your life will be if you’re stuck with something you do not like.
Being in the workforce for almost 5 years, I’ve recently jumped into my 3rd job in the same building and construction (B&C) related industry. Though definitely not a work life guru or veteran, I have to say that these 5 years has taught me that it’s pointless to focus on just number-chasing for your salary. Really, how much you earn a month is not the issue to a happy and fulfilling work life. There’s so many other important factors that can either make or break you at work.
I guess I’m really fortunate to have found my first job with a local SME company doing specialist trade in the B&C industry. Even though there’s nothing fantastic about my remuneration package and benefits, there were understanding and easy-going superiors, awesome and loving colleagues, and an ever challenging amount of work to complete on a tight deadline. It definitely was stressful having to juggle multiple projects at one time and over my three years of service, I’ve successfully mastered the ultimate art of multitasking with high efficiency.
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Well, what else can you do when you have a total of 8 lines available on your landline and every single call to you are demanding for tasks to be done immediately?
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Being tasked to support over 10 projects at the same time was definitely a serious case of overloading, but my days there was filled with high level of what I’ll deem as good stress. Everyday without fail, I report to work half an hour early with the motivation to clear that 10 tasks I’ve listed out and pinned on the wall of my cubicle, and I knock off 1 hour later than everyone else feeling nothing less than accomplished seeing all those 10 tasks successfully completed and struck out on the list.
However, after 3 years of slogging my hearts out for the company, I decided to leave for ‘greener pastures’ and sad to say, it wasn’t my wisest choice of decision.
Being lured by the attractive remuneration package and (almost never-ending) list of staff benefits, I plunged head first into a working environment that revolves around gossips and office politics that’s nothing near friendly nor conducive. Work processes were in a total mess and everybody works according to their own set of SOPs, and whoever with the loudest, harshest words win. Some superiors wouldn’t think twice about crossing the line and get personal while reprimanding you in front of your co-workers. And while ‘pets’ aren’t uncommon, some also get picked on simply for being the ‘pet’ of a ‘has-been’.
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It was depressing to finally realised that even with a significantly lighter workload, shorter working hours, higher pay and better benefits, I’m way more stressed out at work and losing motivation fast. And it was all because of the high levels of bad stress paired up with almost no source of good stress.
Oh well, who cares about good pay and fantastic staff benefits now? I’m glad I’m out of that horrible working environment now.
And now, I’m just 1 week into my new job after giving up not just a few more days of annual leave and the never-ending list of staff benefits, along with much longer working hours. It may sound like a deadly combination but surprisingly I’m much happier and motivated at work.
So get this now, big names and high starting pay shouldn’t be topping your list at all. Money can’t keep you going on for long. Passion does.
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Job satisfaction should totally trumps salary as your most important aspect of working life. And if you have fun at your job, you’ll going to be so much more effective!
Thank you Mia for sharing with us your story. For more of Mia, head over to her blog, http://www.molly-mia.blogspot.sg, a food & beauty lifestyle blog.