Posted by: Colin Smith
Since I am getting old, lat night I was thinking back to my youth and how I thought that working at McDonalds was great. Or any place really. I just thought that having a job to go to every day was great, and do not get me wrong, it is. Any job is a good job and I do not put myself above doign anything. I have a family and I will do anything to make sure that I am taking care of them. What I mean is this, I started thinking about how great it is to have a job that is flexible. I try very hard to make sure that I do not take advantage of this but it is very nice when you need it. I do not have a set time to come in or to leave the office. I make sure I put in my fair amount of time and I get all of my work done and then some usually. But when I was young, I did not have this luxury in my job. I never thought about it then but I sure do now.
I have a Nephew, and he is a really good and smart kid. He has a good job but it is an hourly punch the clock without much flexibility job. Not that that is a bad thing and I know he is happy, but I think he can do better. I think most people know someone like this. But the question is, how to you show them and convince them that life can be better and you can have a better work life balance and that many many companies stress this balance. Until you experience this, I think it is hard to understand. I think he should go back to school and find a way to do something he really loves. I think everyone should do that. But I am just not sure how to convince him that all the hard work to get there is worth it. Especially when he has a good job that he likes. I just know it is not something he loves and I do not think it will be something he is happy with over the long run. I could be wrong and if he sticks to this job I hope that I am.
So anyone out there know what I am talking about and have any suggestions on how to show him. He knows that more money can be made, but I want to show him that
1. Money is not everything. Work Life Balance really does matter.
2. When you work for a company that cares about that balance, and you are doing something you truly love to do, that the Money will come.