Ten Things Your Job Owes You – Besides A Paycheck

job owes youWhen you start your career, you are so happy that someone hired you that you’re likely to put up with less-than-ideal working conditions.

Most of us have a lousy job (or two or three of them) before we realize that there is a built-in equality in the employment relationship. When you realize that you are worth more – more money, more respect, or whatever you value most — than your current employer is giving you, you can change jobs.

We all step through new experiences in our careers. We hit milestones and gradually build our confidence.

Your first “real” job search is a big step. When you land your first career-type job, it’s a triumph. Your first stealth job search is another big step. The first time you set a boundary at work, you can pat yourself on the back.

Some people work for 40 years or more and they never set boundaries. They turn into doormats. They take whatever kind of treatment their employer doles out because they haven’t learned yet that they deserve better.

A job owes you a paycheck, of course. Some jobs will never be more than a source of income, and when we can’t find anything better, a source of income is nothing to take for granted.

As you learn more about your talent marketplace and the value of your skills, you will become more and more confident in expecting and demanding more from a job than just a way to pay your bills.

Here are 10 things the right job will give you apart from your salary or wages:

1. An intellectually stimulating environment where you can toss around ideas with other smart people.

2. Acknowledgment and recognition for your accomplishments.

3. A creative outlet where big ideas can come to fruition.

4. Respect for your life outside of work.

5. Visibility into the future of the organization, and its intersection with your goals and dreams.

6. A pleasant social environment with a sense of community and shared purpose.

7. Interesting and thorny new puzzles to solve all the time.

8. A safe and healthy environment with suitable tools and equipment for your role.

9. A competent, ethical and forward-looking leadership team that shares your values.

10. A warm, human environment where smart and compassionate people want to work.

Are these 10 elements found in any real-life workplace? Yes! There are plenty of organizations that subscribe to these goals, and here’s a hint: you will not get hired at any of them by lobbing identical copies of your resume into faceless Black Hole recruiting portals.

In general (there are exceptions!) the larger an organization is, the less likely you will find a talent-aware, human culture when you get hired into it. You will not get a great job that deserves you by reading job ads and responding to them with a few clicks. You have to work harder than that to get the good things listed above!

 

Source: www.forbes.com