Starting out in the workforce can be scary
USA – I hear so many people do this over and over again and this has got to be the scariest thing for me as far as labor is concerned: starting over. Why? Well, when you invest so much time in a business, the idea of having to start at the bottom and work your way up is sometimes so daunting. I mean so many Americans, myself included, started at the bottom of our current jobs. I mean earning pennies on a dime, working crazy long hours, having no paid vacations, no sick days, and not getting the accolades or bonuses you hope to see as a sign of appreciation for your work. fierce.
I just gave you a long list of reasons to leave your current workplace if you don’t already have those things. I think when it comes to work I look for two things: 1) Does my job give me purpose 2) Can I do my job without getting paid and be happy? Yeah, I know what you think and the money? Money is a vital aspect of any job, especially in today’s climate where you can almost earn a living wage in many workplaces, but there are places where you can’t. We live in a world where you need money to live, to function and to move around.
I always see money as the icing on the cake, but not for me the final motivation. I quit jobs after periods of time because the work no longer satisfied me. I was not respected by people in power, they put you down and stress was the most important thing for me. Having a job where you have sleepless nights and are constantly stressed when you should NOT be is NOT FUN!
Right now, I’m thinking about some serious options to throw everything I learned as an adult out the window and pursue my dream job at all costs. I’m just at that point in my life where I know I’m not getting any younger and it’s a now or never decision that haunts me. I have a job where I don’t have paid time off, I don’t have paid sick time, what I do gets overlooked/ignored and I’m stressed all the time to the point that I feel to have reached my breaking point. I have nothing more to give. People think a bonus or throwing a wad of cash under someone’s direction is going to make things better, not for this guy. At the end of the day, it’s money, as easy as it comes as easy as it goes. Money won’t keep me if I’m not satisfied.
My sister recently started a new job about a year ago after being with her former employer for over a decade. She was constantly working to the point where she lacked time with her children for work. She was underrated and underrated and just fed up. She applied for a factory job and is making more money than she’s ever seen, received countless perks, a set schedule that never changes, and the company just promoted her to a job. of management in the space of a year in the company. She feels valued and I think so many employers don’t realize what that means. People want to know that the work they do is appreciated or seen. A bonus does not convey this, a simple recognition does.
On top of that, she paid benefits, a 401k plan, and a host of other bevies. She wasn’t really preaching to me, but she said it was scary to start over, but sometimes looking for something else might be the best thing that can happen to you. I don’t have health insurance at any of my current places of employment, one job, I have paid time off and paid sick leave, which I’ve earned, the other job, I don’t no way. All this back and forth in my head tells me one thing: I WANT MORE WHEN IT COMES TO MY JOB!
I want to know that I’m appreciated, I want to feel that I’m appreciated and right now I don’t feel it at all. I’ve always heard people say that sometimes a company doesn’t realize how good they had a worker until that worker was no longer with the company. Then the value of what he or she has done begins to shine a light on the business. The awareness of the powers above begins, “Whoa, this person has done a lot more for the company than we ever thought.” By then it is already too late. This worker has turned a page in his life and I firmly believe that when you close a door it’s for a reason you don’t go back and open that door because quite honestly why would you ?
Written by Jason Jones