What’s your ultimate goal in life? Whatever you just said – make more money, build the career of your dreams, spend more time with family – it probably boils down to the same thing: be happy. Everything that we do …
Starting a new job can make you feel like you're a kid again. You never thought you'd be this excited about going to work, but then again, this job's different – it's "the one." You work your butt off to impress your bosses, and they love you because you're the first one in, last one out. However, after the honeymoon phase ends and everyone stops being so nice and accommodating, you begin to feel reality sinking in … again. You start having those all-too-familiar feelings of uncertainty and frustration: "I thought this time would be different." The days roll into months, and you can't seem to shake the feeling that something's not quite right with your once dreamy 9-to-5. You might even feel like you chose the wrong job and career altogether. Before you decide all is lost, here are a few things you may want to consider.
If you're weighing a new job offer, there are multiple factors to consider beyond the salary, company culture, and the nature of the actual job itself. One of these factors is the length and type of commute you'll be undertaking to the workplace and back on a daily basis.
Should managers focus on making workers happy, even before satisfying the shareholders? Yes, according to Dr. Kazuo Inamori, management expert, billionaire entrepreneur, and Buddhist priest. Inamori has spent decades applying and honing his organizational philosophies, and he's done so with great success. He created the $64 billion phone carrier known as KDDI Corp, and he rescued Japan Airlines from bankruptcy just a few years ago. His ideas are unique, complex, and yet also super-simple in the essence: "If you want eggs, take care of the hen. If you bully or kill the hen, it’s not going to work."
We all know that money, ultimately, can't buy happiness. True contentment and fulfillment comes from family, community, health, love, purpose ... but it's also true that being broke isn't much fun either. Surely a billionaire would feel happier, on an average day, than someone who's really struggling financially. This is a fair assumption, but it's only true to a point. Let's look at some research concerning wealth and happiness to try to understand the relationship between the two a little bit better.
If you've ever teetered back and forth trying to figure out whether money could buy you happiness or not, then you're not alone. Choosing a career can often seem like a trade-off between wealth and happiness. Do you take the higher paying job and sacrifice time with your family, or do you choose the job that allows you more freedom and flexibility but warrants a smaller paycheck? See if your answer changes after reading what research has to say about the money-happiness argument.
Research shows that 65 percent of managers are "checked-out" at work, which means that there's a 65 percent chance that your boss is not so great. If you're unsure as to whether your direct manager is part of the misery-inducing majority, then here are a few surefire ways to tell. You're welcome and good luck.