1.19.2012

How to Analyze Your Job in 7 Ways



BF and I were discussing our jobs and how satisfied we were at our current jobs a few months ago. I've been meaning to write up this post since I thought it was a very valuable discussion for us. Rafiki also reminded me that I mentioned it before so here it is! We actually decided that if you are happy and satisfied with at least 4 or 5 of these factors, then you should stay longer and basically stop whining about how much you hate your job. This is all our own points of view so definitely don't take it too seriously. Everyone is different and I'm sure one crazy co-worker could drive someone over the edge as well as salary being too low.

Here are the 7 factors that we like to take a look at to analyze our job as a whole. Work is not something that we all love to do but it's something that pays for what we really want to do. Some of us are fortunate to have work that we do enjoy wholeheartedly and would possibly do for free, but sadly I'm not one of those people. I have explained ways to analyze each factor with questions and comments:
  1. Salary - Self-explanatory. Factor in everything including commission, overtime, whether you bill your own hours, how often you are paid, 401k matching contributions, stock discounts, benefits.
  2. Job Duties - Look at everything you do, what skills you use, how much you enjoy what you do. Are you capable of all the job duties you are supposed to be doing? 
  3. Location/Commute - Is it near your house? Think 15 minutes is bad? At least it's not an hour! Can you take public transportation there? Look at everything in terms of parking, whether you are near places you like to eat or shop (during lunch), near a gym, your facility itself, your office space or cubicle/desk area.
  4. Co-workers - Pretty sure this one is super self-explanatory. Sometimes people love their co-workers and sometimes they don't. Sometimes you don't have to work with them as closely and sometimes you do. I would also group management, HR, and other depts in this category.
  5. Atmosphere - Is it loud, busy and crazy filled with stress? Is it quiet with lots of downtime? 
  6. Flexibility - Do you have to clock in? How easy is it to take days off?
  7. Advancement - Is there a path for advancement by staying in your current position? If you stay long enough, does seniority get you far? Do they offer tuition reimbursement or classes for you to obtain certifications?
Basically BF and I were putting these factors in order of most important to least important to us. I want to know if any of you are staying at a job where you are only satisfied in one of these factors or less than 4.

PS. I want to work at home and I want my office to be pretty.
both pics via pinterest

12 comments:

Michelle P said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I definitely agree with all of your factors.

And I wish I had an office like that.

fabulouslyfrugirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for the great post.

I think those are all important factors. I'm approaching the point where I will need to re-evaluate where I stand in my job position and I think those are great factors to weigh in on.

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That desk is so cute!

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Hi! Nice blog :-)

I read about your living arrangements and I have to say I'm fascinated. It must be difficult not to have your own bathroom and kitchen, but a guest room in a backyard sounds like a nice place to live nonetheless. I wonder if you have shown pictures of it. End of the OT!
bye

Rafiki said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Been waiting on this. Will take all seven steps and evaluate my current job and have it in a post tomorrow.

Also, any home office or any work desk that is that neat and pretty means no work is getting done lol, unless your job is that of a designer :)

Thank you so much for posting this and for the shout out.

Newlyweds on a Budget said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like these measurement tools. I am happy with the loction of my job (only a 20-30 minute commute), I like what I do (PR) and I am very happy with the benefits, and MOST of my co-workers. my job is not changing the world or a passion, but it helps pay the bills and I can see longevity and job security at this place. and thats good enough for me

ChinkyGirLMeL said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh everything you mentioned is so so so true. I am happy with my salary and my benefits but the working hours is a whole different story and plus it takes 45 minutes to get to work that is without traffic.

ChinkyGirLMeL said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh everything you mentioned is so so so true. I am happy with my salary and my benefits but the working hours is a whole different story and plus it takes 45 minutes to get to work that is without traffic.

Ella said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Nice list! I think many people underestimate the commuting time when evaluating a job. The luxury of living close to my job is really important to me. I save so much time. Time has a price!

Lisa said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the work space! When I get back to work, I will keep this list in mind. :)

Laura Vanderkam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

A long commute is a recipe for misery. There's some research that what makes employees happiest is feeling like they're making progress on something. And then there's the idea of "flow" -- being fully engaged in work that is difficult but doable. Reach that sweet spot and it doesn't feel like you're working at all.

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