Job satisfaction vs hard cash
If Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is anything to go by, one’s survival needs and safety and security need to be met first. Most of us work to live and it is only human nature to be motivated by a higher salary. But are we not missing the forest for the trees if we are only focusing on the dosh and turn a Nelsonic eye to the bigger picture? Should we also consider the other positive aspects of a job when we are considering a new opportunity? Good job prospects, stimulating work and friendly colleagues – they may be elusive compared with a solid cash offer on the table, but do we need to at least get the balance right? For what it is worth, Maslow’s hierarchy ranks needs for belonging, esteem and growth much higher than the survival needs. Is it worth missing out on an otherwise fantastic job just because you want to get an extra grand a year?