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Big dollars vs Being Happy in Your Job – That Old Chestnut!

26 May 13:00 By Vicki-Anne Craigen

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In my experience, either coaching executives or advising on recruitment related matters, I’ve managed to hear every excuse under the sun for someone staying in a job that was physically making them unwell. Why? Because they simply didn’t have the bravery to walk away from the big dollars!

We’ve all done it, and often for much longer than we should have. We get used to our lifestyle, we enjoy buying nice things; there’s no crime there. But what does tolerating a toxic environment, boss or teammate do to your personal wellbeing and value system? At what cost to your family and other relationships is your choice to dedicate time to your job rather than to them?

If you’re unsure whether you’re on this bandwagon try asking yourself these questions:

  • Are you bouncing out of bed in the mornings feeling refreshed and excited about another day?

  • Are you looking forward to seeing your teammates?

  • Are you excited about your meeting today with your boss?

  • Are you sure you’re going to make it home before your kids go to bed tonight?

  • Are you certain you won’t have to open your laptop after dinner?

  • Are you going to be able to go away this weekend as promised?

  • Are you sleeping well?

  • Are you eating healthy meals?

  • Are you getting to the gym or do you have time to work on wellness a few times a week?

  • Are you getting that very important ‘me time’ or are you at the beck and call of a system that you feel you can’t get out of?

If you answered mostly no to these questions it might be time to ask yourself whether the big bucks are worth the sacrifices to your health and relationships.

Waking up and looking forward to the day ahead, spending time with your family and friends and maintaining your health are critical elements of a well balanced, enjoyable life. We all know someone who lost it all because they were married to their job and forgot about their other commitments. They would say to you that no amount of dollars is worth losing your family, your friends or your health.

So how do you get off the roller coaster of 'do I stay or do I go?' when you’re finally doing well financially? 

  • Trust in yourself that you’re worth every cent you’re earning and that there will be another employer out there who is more than happy to pay you a big salary.

  • Have faith that another employer will provide you with a work environment filled with positive energy, where your efforts will be rewarded and your family commitments respected.

  • Feel the fear and do it anyway.  Ask anyone who has been on a similar journey and they’ll tell you they wished they’d made the decision sooner.

  • Know that your future will look a whole lot better by focusing on the important things in your life.  What’s the point of having the big dollars if one day your family is gone, you’re friends are not to be seen and the only companion you have is your ulcer.

  • The money will come because you’re very good at what you do. Afterall, that’s why you get paid the big dollars in the first place!

Believe me, I know it’s a big decision. Making the decision to launch Creative Recruiters meant walking away from people I put my heart and soul into. However, the opportunity to build a business based on a core value system more aligned with my own has been worth it - bigtime!  The overwhelming response from the creative community since our launch, earlier last month, proves once again that throwing away ‘that ole chestnut’ is more often than not, a very good thing.

Have a great week everyone.


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