I’ll get right to the point – why do so many people dislike their jobs and if they dislike it so much then why do they continue to do it?
Ok, so we know necessity is the biggest factor but take that away for a second. Why else would you stay doing something that makes you unhappy? Why, in Ireland in particular, do we end up in careers that we don’t really want to be in? Is it bad career guidance; is it the education system in Ireland? What do you think?
I believe part of the reason so many people are unhappy is because their jobs not only involve the actual job but everything else that goes with being employed – the commute, childcare, getting kids to school on time, working long hours and for some, having very little disposable income at the end of the week. So how can we change this? I believe there are two fairly easy ways of improving this situation. No it won’t solve the problem in its entirety. But it’s a start and I think if you plan on forming a company, you should really take these into consideration.
- Hire local – I live 4 miles from my workplace. My previous jobs all required a lengthy commute. I cannot describe how much of a difference living close to work makes. (It’s also cheaper and it’s good for the environment!)
- Be a flexible employer – I am able to work around the school timetable, work from home when needs be, work fewer hours than previous in order to fit in real life. This isn’t down to my job type but down to flexible employers. And yes, before you say it I am very productive; often do a few hours in the evening or whenever I can fit it in and I am happy to do this.
My point is this – if you are on this website, reading this blog, chances are you are looking to start your own company. At some point, you’ll need to hire staff – bear in mind that the happier your staff, the better they will work, the more loyal they will be and the more productive your company will be. It comes back to the simple idea of promoting happiness in the workplace. Keep it local, keep it flexible. It worked for me!
Please tell me if you have any ideas relating to this topic – it is only through communicating that we can promote change.
Date: September 16, 2010