Professionals thrive in their careers when they are able to make a connection between their work, passions, and values and have mentorship to help them navigate their company and industry.
Balance, happiness, and self actualization matter. When you’re out of alignment in your career, every other aspect of your life can suffer – your relationships, your health, and your spirit. Unhappiness and stress at work is a silent killer in this country. While many professionals are able to compartmentalize or rationalize their lack of connection or enjoyment in their work, most can’t do that for very long. Eventually, it all comes out in the wash one way or another.
It’s a good idea for you to look for a new job that you’ll enjoy more, when:
- Your stress levels and work load are high for long periods of time. There’s nothing wrong with stress, but constant stress chips away at our long term resilience.
- When work/life balance is out of wack, impacting your personal relationships and your physical health
- When the work you’re doing conflicts with your values
Lower pay does not necessarily mean less stress or less work. But it always means less pay. Taking a lower paying job is a bad move when:
- You’re staying in the same industry but moving backward with the same or more responsibilities
- When you’re running away from your job to end the misery of it rather than running to a new opportunity that you’re really excited about. The grass isn’t greener on the other side and you’ll likely find yourself in a similar predicament down the road if you haven’t found proper alignment.
- When you’re taking lower pay because you’ve convinced yourself you’re not worth more
When taking a lower paying job makes sense:
- When you’re making an active lifestyle choice to downshift, consume less, live smaller, etc. Simple math – If you’re going to spend less, you don’t need to make as much.
- When you’re going to work less
- When you’re going from a sales position to a non-sales position (on averages, sales positions pay more because you’re driving revenue/growth for your company)
- When you’re making a transition to an industry or non-profit that simply pays less
- When you’re building new skills necessary for the next step (and you know what that next step is)
- When you’ve chosen your line of work or job based on your love, passion, strengths, and values. Having strong professional alignment is valuable and worth something (when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work)
Eli Howayeck (MBA, Kellogg School of Management), Founder and CEO of Crafted Career Concepts, is passionate about helping motivated people achieve their career, educational, or personal goals and helping businesses, large and small, overcome a variety of challenges facing their business.