Post # 1
I have worked the same job for almost 5 years. Lately, morale has been going down, and it has reached an all time low. I am a very optomistic person, and I try to embrace, or at least accept change. For the past year, there have been a lot of changes and the people around me have complained, felt like the company doesn’t care about us, a few have quit… Until recently, I haven’t really felt “upset” about these changes.
Here’s my dilemma. I look at the other job opportunities out there and nothing is appealing. I work in an industry where I have many options on the type of work I do. Right now, I love the work my job requires. I feel proud of what I do. However, with the environment being so bad right now, I can’t help but feel any other place would be better. Right now it feels like the company does not appreciate it’s employees at all.
What’s more important to you? The actual work you do, or the environment you work in?
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.