The Workplace: Happiness vs Money


I dread going to work Monday morning. I’ve been with the same company since college, the pay is good and I’m in line for a promotion would I be crazy to give it up and how do I figure out what job will make me happier?


Don’t hand in your resignation just yet; there are a couple of things to consider first. Take the time to do some thinking and some research. Start by writing down the pros and cons of your current job. This will achieve one of two things; you may discover that it is not the company you dislike but maybe the specific work that you are doing there. You might prefer a new department or position. Secondly by listing the things you dislike you will get a clearer picture of what to avoid if you do decide to go somewhere else.

If moving on is indeed the best way to go I would recommend that in these difficult economic times you have something else set up before quitting. Discovering the job that will make you happier will take time. Work with a career coach and (or) research jobs that have peaked your interest. At parties and functions keep an ear open for interesting opportunities. Ask friends and family to be on the look out for you also. Finally, just don’t scan the classifieds, the business section will often write articles about new companies that are opening up or old ones that are looking for fresh talent for new areas that they are developing.

The fact that you’re unhappy with your job is a sign that it’s time to move on. Sometimes we need to take a leap of faith that the job of our dreams is out there waiting for us. You may need to close one door before a new one opens up.

A promotion and, I assume, the pay increase that comes with it won’t bring you joy; you’re actually more apt to resent your work more than you do now. This is about being true to yourself. If you can’t afford to leave your job until you find another then make a move towards discovering your true passion right away.

You need to ask yourself what may seem like a silly question; before I tell you the question I want to urge you to be open minded and accept the first thought that comes to your mind and try to create potential job or career ideas around that thought. The question is – what do I want to be when I grow up?

There is no time like the present to work towards creating a life that you truly desire. What you need most is to believe in yourself and in your dreams.