In the first post of this series we agree (at least I did 🙂 ) on the fact that when facing a better job option, we change ships.
Hard part is … What makes an option really better?
- Money. You’ll need to feel fairly paid according to the market and to your co-workers, even though money is not a great motivator for work,
- Time. Having a more convenient schedule, less or better distributed hours, is always an advantage and will become mandatory if you have to take care of kids or sick people.
- Knowledge. Having the chance to deal with interesting, brand-new things or people to learn from on a daily basis is principal.
You could argue that there are many more motivators for working. I agree. The kind of things Maslow proposed. But when deciding to change ships is difficult to know if you’re going to feel recognized by your peers or increase your sense of belonging. While, on the other hand, having more money and time available, and the technologies or the markets you’re going to work in, could be easily known and agreed during the negotiation stage of the hiring process.
So, please, look at this three circles.
Whenever you look for a new job, you are trying to move yourself from the surroundings, into the center of the picture, which is the sweet spot.
Related: Quotes on Money, Love and Retribution. “Once the previous is done, if someone is asking for more money, chances are she’s really asking for more love”
Related: Quote on Passion on Working.