As you know I am looking for a new job. I know that what I am about to say if a potential employer were to read this and know it’s me would probably not hire me. But… That’s okay, because sometimes there are things that just need to be said. So here is goes.
To the employers who say “I don’t want someone who is just looking for a paycheck”…. I want to say this to you what are you offering an employee to fill any different? Is your job life changing? Is it exciting? Is it changing the world? Is it something to be proud of? Is it helping others? What exactly about your job is something that an employee should say, Ya know what? I want to do this for years and years to come?
For many people there will be a time where they will take a job that I call a “filler” job. This is a job that you accept because point-blank you DO need a paycheck. You know going into the job it’s not your dream job. What employers fail to realize is that just because the job isn’t my dream job doesn’t mean that I can’t still be good at it.
So what if I am here just to earn a paycheck? You like money right? I am sure you do? So, isn’t that what also helps YOU strive to come into to work everyday. If you didn’t get paid at all would you still do it? Because if your answer is no, than you are no different from the people you are pointing fingers at for working because it’s “just a job”.
The facts are many people work in jobs that really are “just jobs to them”. I think employers need to accept that not all jobs will be a dream job and frankly I see NOTHING wrong with that… Just because a job isn’t my dream job doesn’t mean there isn’t lessons to be learned. Doesn’t mean that the job isn’t preparing me for my dream job nor does it mean that it doesn’t matter.
I also find it interesting when I hear this from jobs that really are not the best of jobs. You see the shows like undercover boss and the one employee who has kind of a “crap” job and yet they are making the best of it and is like I love my job (even though they are grossly over paid). While, I admire in some sense their humbleness to find peace in what little they are getting paid to still have a smile on their face it’s not fair to expect everyone to feel this way.
I think if most employers took the time to perform the jobs their employee’s did a lot of perspectives would change from management. There is something about getting down with the rest of them and really experiencing it all to make you see what everyone else tried to tell ya. Fact is, maybe, your job just isn’t a great job! Maybe, you don’t treat your employee’s well, pay them well, give them good benefits. How can you really expect someone to LOVE what they do when they feel their employer doesn’t even care?
So here is my top 10 list of what employers should know:
1. Find out why your employees are unhappy – yeah, some employee’s are not going to LOVE your company/job. But the main focus should be their performance. IF you see them not doing so well, check it out. Talk with them. See exactly why. Find out if this is a them vs you issue. Once you find that out then you will know if this is an isolated employee issue or if there are things your company needs to change.
2. Offer incentives/benefits – It’s simple, people really do want to feel like their company cares! Apart of that care is, affordable health care, benefits like 401K’s, paid sick time, PTO, Vacation, etc. Yes, I know this costs you money but constantly hiring and training employee’s is costing you a lot of money too. Probably even more!
3. Work from home opportunities- you don’t even have to make it a full-time gig (I wouldn’t even fully suggest it depending on the position) but having the ability to work from home is a great asset especially to working parents. Let’s face there are a lot of us out there and if I can work while my kid is home sick that benefits both YOU and ME.
4. Don’t make me wait a year – I get why employers do this but it’s never something most employee’s want is to wait a year for benefits. I can see maybe 6 months for a vacation at most but man, sometimes that year can make for a pretty darn long year! If you don’t want to go a year with a vacation, we don’t either. Not to mention people need healthcare sooner vs later. IMO.
5. Listen to your employees- A boss who cares is a boss with happier employees. When you make your employees feel like their opinion matters they are more than likely to stick around. Having meetings where you talk about what is going on. Be involved with your employees.
6. Do fun things once in a while – Have a company pot luck, host a couple get together, have a company lunch. Not everything has to be serious all.the.time. Especially, when people work high stress jobs. We all need a release.
7. Understand it’s okay sometimes for it to be “just a job” – For me it might be “just a job” But also understand that it doesn’t mean that I still won’t do my best at it. No, your job may not be my dream job. I may not even want to work for you for the next 5 years but it doesn’t mean that my time with you I can’t bring something to the table. Look at each employee as a learning experience. I know that ideally it’s great to have employee’s stay for years to come but times are changing and I am seeing far less people staying a jobs past a few years. And more and more who are having to work odd and end jobs to finally get to the job they really do want.
8. Pay them well – Getting paid well is so important. When people don’t have to worry as much about money they are more likely to focus on their jobs. Make it worth while for them to work for you.
9. Give raises – and I am not talking like tiny a few cents ones either. When an employee is working hard and you see it show them that you see it. Compensate them for what they are doing for you. And I promise you they will thank you for it.
10. Last and not least DON’T LIE – One of the biggest mistakes I have found that companies make is lying. Telling their employee’s things like “if they take on extra tasks they will get paid more for doing it, or they can receive raises with in so many months” and then the employee does these things and you don’t follow through. If you financially can’t be honest. But don’t just take from your employee’s and expect the world in return. You will and I promise you, you will get burned.
When employers learn to make their job livable I think they will have more employee’s who will see their jobs more than just a job. You just have to make it seem like it is more than a pay check. Do that and they just might see if that way too! In the end if it is just a job too them don’t take that so personally. I mean seriously how many people grew up thinking man I want to be a fast food worker when I grow up? Or I want to work at a desk and answer a phone all day? It doesn’t at first sound really all that exciting. Sometimes jobs are stepping-stones for individuals to get to the next chapter. Just take that this job was just another stepping stone in their journey and yours. Focus more on what you can do for your employee’s and less on how much you can from your employee’s for less!