How important is your salary?

Salary is important but there are several other factors you should also think about, even if you won’t necessarily be able to control all of them. They can make a difference to your lifestyle and how much you enjoy your job on a day-to-day basis. Considering these things won’t tell you exactly which job you should choose but they can point you in the right direction. Here are some of the main things you should keep in mind and spend some time thinking about before making a decision. 

  • Work-life balance
    While it is possible to enjoy your work and feel passionate about it, it’s important to make sure you have time for other things. You need to remember that your whole life shouldn’t be about work. You should consider how much of your personal time your work commitments will take up and how much you are willing to sacrifice.
    Find out about things like take-home work, overtime, work functions, commuting and travel. Then you can work out how much time you will have for yourself and whether this is balanced enough. Some employers will even offer paid time off and this can be important for making sure you take a break and have balance in your life.
  • Culture
    The culture in the workplace can have a big effect on your ability to do your job well. It is a good idea to consider what your colleagues are like, how success is measured, what the main values are and how leadership is managed. You want to make sure the culture is one you enjoy and that will inspire you to do your work.
    If you like structure, you might prefer working in an office. However, if you prefer a more flexible culture, you might appreciate the ability to work from home every now and again. Not all companies will offer this so it is important to find out about the rules of the job.
  • Benefits
    Benefits are a big part of a job that can make it more worthwhile. Medical expenses can be high, so it is helpful if your job offers you a health plan. In addition to this, disability and life benefits may be included, meaning you don’t have to pay for expensive insurance.
    Although you may be at the start of your career, it is never too early to start saving for retirement, so it is also a good idea to ask if the job will help you with a retirement plan.
    Finally, there may be other perks that make the job more attractive. These are often lifestyle benefits, for example gym membership, transport options, and access to specific technology. These will help you to decide whether your employer values its employees and will be a good organisation to work for.

 

Topic: The Leader In You