By Michael Podgoetsky
To accept or to reject. That is the questions faced by executives all too willing to jump several paces up to the corporate ladder when they receive a job offer that, compared to at least what they have, appears too good to be true. It almost sounds like a no brainer.
Why even take time to think on the subject and weigh your options when the job position is a few notches above the totem pole, and offers higher salary and perks to boot? The first instinct is to grab the offer, sign the dotted line, say goodbye to your current boss and colleagues, and- run to your next cushy job. Sometimes, it just doesn't work that way. Magazine editor E.W. (not her real initials) said no to a job offer that would have given her a salary double than what she was currently getting. It took her a week to ponder on the pros and cons, BUT ultimately, she felt she had to say no. Her reasons? She had job security and very comfortable relationship with her superior and peers. Transferring to another company would mean starting all over again (because the mag would have to conform her style, as a opposed to her supposed predecessor's) and seeing if she could fit in with the new culture.
Less stress, more inner peace
Interestingly, one of the surprising trends that we are beginning to see in the recruitment industry is that the average person isn't necessarily after a high position. Sometimes, relationships that one can count and trust, and the lack of stress in working in a familiar environment, may matter more than a bigger paycheck. Working mothers might put up with a relatively lower pay if it means flexi hours that allow them to rush to a son's graduation without a boss taking it against them, as opposed to a higher salary that would demand a steady 12 to 14 hours work schedule every single day, and that barely leaves them time to their family.
Olivia M. (not her real name) turned down a job offer that would have paid twice her current $1,000.00 gross pay. Her Current job was hard: she managed two communications divisions that lacked at least three more people to keep up with the present load. She had mooned and groaned about working in the office for 10 to 12 hours especially during product launches and when brochures had to be finished, but at the end she chose to stay.
The environment in the new job would have been stiff, "Olivia explains her seemingly odd choice. I would have to come in corporate suits all the time. The hours are also inflexible. It didn't matter if I worked up to midnight, I’d Still have to come in at 9 AM. My present company is more lenient. As long as i don't come in very rugged attire, I can be more creative in my fashion sense. And if I do get work past midnight, I can come in lunch time the next day or maybe take the next day off without our HR looking over my shoulder.
"It also takes only a couple of days to get an answer from my boss when I need something. Like a laptop that will help me work at home or a workshop that will help polish my skills. The new company is very bureaucratic. It would have taken weeks just to untangle the red tape and get clearance on request." Beginning to see the bigger picture? Career advancement does not necessarily equate with the bigger piece of bacon you could have taken home. It can also mean growing where you are right on, as a person or what position you have.
Michael has been writing articles for nearly 3 years. Come visit his latest website over at http://airporttransfers-to.com.au/ which helps people find the best travel tips when visiting Sydney Australia.