It is understandable that a high salary and job satisfaction are high up in factors to consider when choosing a career. from time to time, however, they may not come as a package and you have to make a choice. Some people feel content with a high salary even when they do not like what they are doing, while others are pleased doing what they are passionate about even if their monthly account balance isn’t where they would want it to be.
Having a good job is great, but is it paying you what you think you worthy of? If your salary range is good enough, does your work motivate you? Do you like the culture at work? Do you get excited at the start of each day, or do you have to drag yourself to work, constantly asking yourself if the job is worth it?
Different people depart jobs at different levels of their career for different reasons. A study by TopSomaliJobs discovered the reasons why employees depart their current employer.
It is not surprising that the attract of a higher salary is top in the reasons why employees leave companies/Organizations in Somalia, bearing in mind that over 50% of working individuals get a gross monthly salary of $500 and below.
Responsibilities have a way of defining our roles and lifestyles, both at work and in our daily lives. In this case, it is natural to place more importance to money as compared to job satisfaction. Think of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. You need to satisfy the most basic needs before moving up the ladder to begin thinking of job satisfaction. Once your basic needs are in a stable zone, you now begin thinking of factors like work-life balance and office culture.
Young people are regularly more concerned with how much they get paid and not so much about how content they are in a particular job. A report by TopSomaliJobs concluded that more employees above 38 years were more contented with what they do as compared to younger ones who were likely to leave a certain job or company for improved pay. This means that as individuals grow, they tend to focus more on what they love as compared to the salary they get from their work.
It is easier to consider a high salary rather than satisfaction at your job when all you need to take care of is yourself. This is the reason why an individual who has no extensive budget, is likely to prefer happiness at his job, more than the salary he receives while someone who has an established family will consider the aspect of job security and financial status.
In each job setting, diverse individuals have diverse ideologies that they hold dear to them. For example, someone may decide to turn down a high salary once they comprehend that the job in a way could tamper with their own path of contentment. This could be in a case where someone would consider factors such as his/her religion, political stand or personal principles more important than the high salary they stand to get.
These are some of the not many factors that influence how an individual’s salary relates to the contentment they get from doing what they keen on. Perfectly, having a high paying salary for what you are avid about is a mark of success and career achievement. It is not always the case though, therefore finding a way to be happier with your salary and your job can be a way to solve the two. Here are the pros and cons of salary vs job satisfaction:
So, would you rather have job satisfaction or a high salary?