The pay isn’t everything

January 9, 2007 7:48 PM

I’ve always had the thought that money isn’t everything, and how much you earn at the job doesn’t necessarily affect your job satisfaction unless it’s obviously unfair. Over these past two months I’ve come to realise it even more, and one of the better perks of my current job is the extremely flexible working arrangements.

The nature of my job does help. Being the systems admin for a company based around web-based applications and the Internet, means that I can work mostly anywhere there’s an Internet connection. Barring natural disasters cutting off communications, it’s quite a cosy arrangement.

There are instances when I have to physically go to our servers in a data-centre in the city. And I may have to show up in the mornings most days because that’s when customers call mostly, and when business meetings are at their most productive, but I don’t have to stay late just to show that I’m working.

All this have allowed me my one-week vacation in Singapore in November, my 2-week trip to KL and my upcoming one-week trip to Sydney, all so close together. As long as my work gets done, the company doesn’t care where I do it from.

The pay isn’t everything. I could possibly earn more elsewhere but I doubt that I would be so relaxed. If and when I leave this company, it would be because I’ve stopped learning new things and not because of the pay.

Some say that I could be more ambitious, but I like taking a slower and more fruitful journey rather than a rush straight to the top. I work to live, not live to work.

Not everything has to be picture perfect

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7 thoughts on “The pay isn’t everything

  1. girlstar7

    Yep, totally agree with ya. I’d much rather a job that doesn’t pay so well but that I enjoy and gives me flexible hours/not much stress than a high-paying high-stress job with long hours. I love having free time to relax and have a good time, I think it’s important in life.
    Whilst it’s important to work hard to get somewhere in life, don’t work TOO hard and get a stress ulcer…if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss something 😉

  2. mooiness Post author

    v.u.: yes it’s un-Australian otherwise!

    mf: that’s right, as long as objectives are met being in the office is not necessary.

    ront: I’m not self-delusional. I write what I feel and what I mean.

    girlstar7: hey you’ve used that quote before! :mrgreen: Bueller? Bueller? Heheh.


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