Are you happy at work?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Are you happy at work?
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 3:20pm

That's a question that was asked in the 2013 iVillage Career Week Survey.  You can see the results at this link:

I found the following results a bit surprising, I wouldn't have thought that pay would rank so much lower than other factors: 

--What makes women happy at work

69% like what they do

51% location/easy commute

48% flexible work hours  

47% like their colleagues

38% like my boss

36% pays well

34% benefits

28% stress free & easy

22% opportunity for advancement

Do do your own priorites match the survey results?


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Registered: 01-21-2011
Mon, 04-15-2013 - 5:59pm

I walked away from a high paying job to do what I do now and I haven't looked back. I've yet (after 10 years) to reclaim that original salary either, but it's so much more rewarding to do what I do now than to make money for someone else and not even use most of my brain. Yuck!

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Thu, 04-11-2013 - 11:15pm
Could I use the word "very" much more??? Geesh.

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Thu, 04-11-2013 - 11:04pm

69% like what they do -- this is important to me. and I very much like what I do.

51% location/easy commute -- this is important to me, and my commute is 5 miles, lol, but it isn't superhigh on my list, mainly becasue I live in an area that long commutes aren't the norm.

48% flexible work hours  -- this is important to me, but not in the top three.

47% like their colleagues -- this is somewhat important.  And I'd be curious as to what is meant by "like".  I want to be respected by my colleagues, and I want to be able to work with them on a daily basis without drama and trouble. But I don't necessarily feel I have to be "friends" 'with them.

38% like my boss -- again, this is important, but respect for and from my boss is far more important.

36% pays well -- this is probably a bit higher on my list. 

34% benefits -- this is higher on my list too.  and has to be combined with pay.  Currently my pay isn't stellar, but my benes rock, so it evens out

28% stress free & easy -- HA!   I would find it hard to enjoy my job, have much authority or responsiblity, or have much pay if it were stress free and easy.

22% opportunity for advancement -- if I was younger, this would be way more important. But I've already advanced a decent amount, so it isn't as important now.  And with more advancement would come longer hours and more stress.



Okay, this all said.  I am pretty happy in my job. There are a lot of new things going on right now that are very excitinig - and I'm very involved in the implementation of at least two of them.   I'm also very involved in my national and regional professional development organization (I'm currently on the ballot for Vice Chair at the rgional level).   However, my office is currently very understaffed. We're all extremely overworked (and somewhat underpaid) and don't have nearly the resources we need to do our job well.  And we don't get the support from administration that we need.   So it's definitely very stressful right now.  

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Wed, 04-10-2013 - 7:55pm

What I like about my job:  Like what I do; location/commute; flexible work hours, like colleagues, like my boss.

What I don't like about my job:  pays well, benefits, opportunity for advancement.

My job comes with the stress of unreasonable clients but, for the most part, it is easy and the not so easy parts are challenging in that they stretch my skills.

But then I'm self-employed.  And if I was to be paid what my experience and skill level was worth, I'd price myself out of business or I'd have to relocate.


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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 04-10-2013 - 6:08pm

Yeah, if I didn't like what I was doing, I'd die a little each day; I live about a five minute drive from work; love my flexible hours.  My colleagues are okay; we're mostly cordial and the ones I don't like I don't have to see very often.  Love my boss but about to get a new one that I might not like as much, or I might like even more, who knows?  Pay and benefits are fine, not spectacular, but I make a living, you know?  And there is some opportunity to advance, although I don't really WANT most of the jobs up the line.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 04-10-2013 - 3:28pm

Yes, those are pretty closely matched to how i feel right now.  For many years as a single mom I gave up or pass along higher paying jobs for more flexibility, living closer to work, loving my job, and good benefits.  In the last several years, I had like my job considerably, and got paid really well, but had a horrible commute and not much flexibility.  The fact that I liked my job and was paid really well made me look the other way and "deal with" the things I didn't like.  Fast forward now, I took a promotion, got a very nice raise, but hate the job and have a horrible commute, but have slightly more flexibility and I can't wait to get out and do something else.  I think as you work through jobs, money, etc. and get older, you find what you will and won't compromise on when it comes to work and benefits.

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Wed, 04-10-2013 - 6:31am

Looking at my job from a micro-perspective, I would say that I love what I do because I love having autonomy, flexibility, and that it requires creativity. I enjoy living up to the challenges. I've also met some really awesome and interesting people along the way.

If I looked from the macro-perspective, I would say that I hate what I do because my real purpose is to make somebody else maximum profit. I'd like for my life to have more meaning than that. I hate going to bed at night knowing that the culmination of three months' worth of my work is so that the current business owner I work for can take one last bitchin' ski trip out west and that his wife finally got the $1200 bag she just had to have. I don't belong in retail. 

This is why I'm in school. I want to ultimately contribute to something that's more significant.

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Registered: 11-22-2000
Tue, 04-09-2013 - 1:32pm

For the most part, yes.

I like what I do and the commute isn't horrible.  The hours are grueling at times but because of that, also somewhat flexible. I often work late into the night/early morning and sometimes on weekends.  I announced years ago that if I'm going to be working until 2 am, then who cares when I get I don't have to break my neck or stress about getting here at any particular time.  And if I have an appointment or something that needs my attention during the day, I just go.  This has been especially wonderful since both of my parents have had bouts with serious health conditions (and one has passed away) since I've worked here.  I like my co-workers and colleagues, and my boss and I understand each other even when we disagree, which is nice.  The pay is not great and the benefits could be better, but that's OK.  It is unbelievably stressful at times and there is zero opportunity for advancement, but whatever.  I'd be more stressed by a non-stressful job than I am by a stressful one, if that makes sense. 

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 8:12pm

Pretty much.

 It  does not pay well but since my income is a very small part of the houeshold income my  income have never had to be a major priority in jobs.

There is really no room for advancement.  The only jobs moving up would be sales rep which I would be absolutely terrible at and owner of the company which I would be be worse at.  

I think the thing I like best about my job is it is a good fit for me.  A lot of my work day I work alone, which my drive others crazy but works well for introverted me.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 5:29pm

I like what I do & I have an easy commute, close to my home.  I like my colleagues, my boss & have good benefits.  I don't have flexible hours, in that I can change them and work different hours, but I gave a good amount of sick/personal leave and I cant take off whenever I want to.  There is no opportunity for advancement, at least, no positions that I am interested in.

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