What's more important, the work environment or caring about what you do?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ideally, you get both, but I’d rather work in a positive environment, then do work I care about in a toxic environment. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

In what ways do you feel that your Company doesn’t appreciate you?

What’s most important to me is how my current job positions me for the future. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

MrsCallalily:  the environment I work in. If I am going to be spending 40 hours a week in my office, I would want it to be with people I can work with and work for. 

Luckily, the company and people I work for are amazing. ON top of that, I love my job. I have been here a year and have never had a bad day, busy but not bad. I don’t wake up not wanting to go to work, and thats a big deal for me. I’ve had my fair share of jobs where I didn’t want to get out of bed, and for me, thats not healthy. I go on vacation, I come back, and I don’t have that dreaded feeling of “ugh, I don’t want to go back to work” I feel I had a vacation, it was great but not its back to real life and thats ok!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Right now in my life I feel like the environment is slightly more important. I say that because I don’t really like my job, at all. However, I love the people I work with. So much so that whenever I think about looking for another job, I change my mind becaue I don’t want to leave my coworkers. However, my job pays very well and the benefits are awesome so that really helps me to stay where I am. I have a feeling the longer I work, the more the actual job will become important. I’m not “burnt out” right now so I think that helps.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

MrsCallalily:  Ideally, both.  There are pros and cons to both but I think the environment is key.  It really doesn’t matter how much you love your work if you hate the actual job environment.  I’ve had jobs where I hated the work but loved the people I worked with which made it okay.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Tough call. I would go on the side of the actual work you do unless the environment is extremely toxic (you cry about work every day for example…I know people who do that). There are negative people in my work place and sometimes I just need to avoid them so I don’t get sucked into their negativity.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Tarp Chapel

I understand what you are going through completely. I was at my last job for four years straight, and things were on a downhill slide. I loved what I did, but the negativity was not good for my mental health. I ended up getting a new job in the same field, and it was probably the best thing I have done for myself. There is no such thing as a perfect job, but NO job is worth mental strain.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I agree with others that ideally both is best, but if you have a choice I say definitely go for the work environment. You can only really care about something for so long if you’re constantly reminded about how much you hate everything else, because eventually that something will start to be affected. 

I’ve definitely have had to do some un-fun tasks in the past, but when there were some nice coworkers around and I liked coming to work then it didn’t really bother me. I felt more motivated to try harder and to seek out new opportunities for tasks that I did like.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Right now – environment and what potential it gives me for the future! There would be no point working somewhere that didn’t give me a springboard into my career (I’m 25 and just setting myself up towards management, so it’s really important to me right now).

I don’t not care about my work, but I’m not passionate about it (online travel advertising). I do however enjoy it, and take pride in everything I do whilst at work.

But I have the most AMAZING team to work with, and fantastic positive working environment.  

p.s. if anyone is looking for a job, I work for a global online travel agent with regular job openings – message me 😉 haha

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Another vote for work environment here, and mostly b/c I am also in an environment that makes me cringe and dread going to work. But the industry that I majored in (engineering) doesn’t hire you unless you already have experience. . . Yup, think about that for a second. So, here I am, stuck in a Customer Support job that I hate, in an environment that I hate, being micro-managed and big brother-ed out the @$$ for not enough $$, and applying for any job that pays enough to let me live and pay off $100k in student debt.

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