Refusing a Well-Paying Job: Giving priority to your happiness

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In the pursuit of professional success, it’s easy to get caught up in the temptation of a high-paying job. But what if that paycheck comes at the cost of your happiness? Let’s explore how prioritizing your well-being can lead to a more fulfilling career.

A personal journey to job satisfaction

Let me share a powerful story that highlights the importance of finding the right balance between work and personal life. A colleague of mine was caught in the hustle of commuting weekly from Brussels to his hometown, all in pursuit of cherished family time with his daughter. His employer in Brussels, understanding the significance of family, allowed him flexible hours to maximize his time at home, working at the office from Monday afternoon to Friday morning. Despite the flexibility, he was always looking forward to working closer to home.

Sometime later, he found a job in his hometown with a high-paying salary. However, despite his best efforts, it proved to be a bittersweet exchange. Though physically present with his daughter daily, he found himself caught up by work demands, always connected to his phone and laptop answering emails and solving problems. One day, his daughter told him “Dad, go back to Brussels. When you were there, you used to spend all weekend with me, and now you are never available”. This hit him hard. Luckily, he managed to go back to his former job in Brussels. With the pandemic, he was granted a remote work setup, allowing him to fully enjoy his time with his family.

Assessing the employer’s culture and values

Salary is undoubtedly important. However, it is proven that it should not be the sole factor in your career decisions. As you consider new opportunities, particularly during the final interview and contract-signing stages, assess whether the company’s culture, expectations, and values align with your own. Here are some key questions to consider:

  • What is the company’s policy regarding onsite office presence? How frequently do you come to the office?
  • How often do employees receive promotions and salary increases? When was your last promotion?
  • What are the standard working hours, and is overtime expected? When did you leave the office yesterday, did you connect at night?
  • Is the company supportive of extended maternity/paternity leave? Do you have kids, is it easy to conciliate the job plus sick kids at home?
  • What are the company’s visions and initiatives concerning employee well-being, career development, and technological advancements?
  • What is your perspective on these same points, including well-being, career growth, and technology?

It’s also important to pay attention to the signals your potential future manager or HR representative may be sending. If they appear visibly stressed, unhealthy, or on the verge of burnout, take it as a red flag.

Empowering Your Career Journey: Choosing Happiness as a Catalyst for Success

As you chart your career path, remember that your happiness and well-being are non-negotiable. Seek out opportunities that align with your values and prioritize a healthy work-life balance. By prioritizing your happiness, you’ll excel in your career and find fulfilment in every aspect of your life. Embrace the journey of self-discovery and choose a career that fuels your passion and nourishes your soul.

By Marco Pincho, Founder of Sprint CV

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