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Satisfaction Showdown: Paycheck vs. Purpose!

Believe it or not, more people are choosing jobs that give them a sense of purpose over higher pay – and living happier lives because of it.

What’s More Important?

Let’s play a game…

The rules are VERY simple. You’ll be asked a question and all you have to do is blurt out the first answer that comes to mind.

Ready?

Set.

Go!

What’s most important to you, the money you are compensated for doing your job or purpose in the work you do?

Do you have your answer?

Ok, now keep reading…

If you’re like most people, the first thing that probably comes to mind is earning a good salary. After all, you have rent and a car payment, groceries to buy and probably a massive amount of student loans to pay. But at the end of the day, is chasing a paycheck REALLY going to make you happy?

If you’re like most people your age, the answer is probably not.

While there’s no denying that earning a good income is important (after all, how else can you take care of yourself?), over half of all working Americans are unhappy at work and are focused more on the financial gains afforded by their jobs than their actual job satisfaction. Research shows that happiness increases somewhat with income, but only up to a point (probably less than you think), at which people report no increase in happiness, or even decreases in happiness the more they make.

This can have devastating effects in the workplace since unhappy employees are less productive. But the consequences don’t stop there. Unhappiness at work can translate into weight gain, failed relationships and sleep deprivation, amongst a laundry list of other unpleasantries most people would rather avoid.

The Right Life Choice is the Right Career Choice

Did you grow up watching people you love hate their jobs? Did you have to listen to the constant complaining about a jerk boss, having to work over-time, not getting the time off that was requested or being passed over for a promotion?

If so, you know all too well what unhappiness at work looks like, which is why like many people your age, you’re probably interested in finding the “right fit” professionally instead of the “right paycheck amount.” You’re looking for satisfaction that goes beyond numbers at the end of the month. In fact, having purpose in the work you do – and being happy in the environment you’re doing it in – is likely the primary career motivator for you.

At the end of the day, the whole idea of “getting rich” as soon as possible isn’t as appealing as it used to be if misery is the byproduct. Instead, there’s a paradigm-shift taking place and job fulfillment is replacing financial security as priority number 1. You’re interested in how your work impacts the world instead of how it can advance your career. And for an organization to be a good fit, you’re just as concerned with that company’s triple bottom line (people, planet and profit) as you are about the salary. Working with a company that cares for both people and the environment is important to you, and rightfully so. It should be to the management team as well, since there’s tremendous benefit as it relates to productivity, loyalty and ingenuity.

Most people don’t enjoy working in a hostile work environment or in an office where morale is low – it’s about as depressing as going to a funeral. On the flipside, however, positive and upbeat work environments foster creativity, collaboration and an overall sense of “community” that is beneficial to both employee and employer.

Does that sound a little too good to be true? It’s not. In fact, research shows that something as simple as receiving praise for a job well-done can have the same emotional effect as a salary raise. Having a career that is both motivating and inspiring can directly affect your productivity and give you more confidence to achieve your goals.

Here at Giyg, we want to help you connect your purpose with your career so that you end up on a career path that will pay the bills while simultaneously affording you the opportunity to do something you truly love with an organization that shares the same core values that you do.

So what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time that YOU got your dream Giyg?

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