Is a Job Worth Your Happiness?

I was talking to my best friend yesterday about her new job. She recently started training when I got a text. “I hate my new job.” I asked her why, thinking that this new job was a move in at least a better direction. Previously, she was working in collections for a financial institution. This new position was one similar to what she had before, in a call center, dealing with customer support. She gave me some insight to her job. I’ve always heard the horror stories of call centers, especially since a few of my coworkers had the displeasure of working some of those positions before. But I never really knew what went on. My best friend went on to tell me that she’s on the phone all day with people who don’t like her and it’s just not fun.

I replied, “do you at least get to surf the web?” She said no. That didn’t compute with me. “What do you mean?” She repeated herself. I asked her “do you at least have your own computer?” She said yes. “Then why can’t you get on the Internet? What do you do on your computer?” She said look up other people’s accounts. I said “do you at least get paid well?” She told me she gets $9.50/hour. I was in utter shock and disbelief. She was at a job she hated and the money wasn’t even good. Mind you, she lives in Tucson, where the cost of living is considerably less than LA, but still. She reminded me she had bills to pay and had to do something. Her passion is cooking, and she’s going to school for that soon. I encouraged her to try to get into that as soon as possible, because obviously, the call center isn’t it.

Then I started thinking about my previous jobs. I’ve always been able to get on the computer. I’ve always been on the Internet. I’ve never abused the power, and most of my job titles required Internet use because I work in social media. The only job I couldn’t get on the computer was when I worked at the Home Depot Center, and that was because I was event staff. I was always paid well and got to enjoy the perks of, well, being on the Internet! I was wondering how many other people were at jobs they hated strictly to make ends meet. How horrible does that have to be to wake up day after day and loathe where you’re going for 40 hours/week or more?

People ask me often how I like my new job; I love it. Heck, I’m writing this post at work. 2 computer screens, Internet access, no micromanaging, being on Facebook all day and getting paid well for it. Who could complain? (Well, one of my coworkers complains daily but that’s a whole different issue). We recently talked about getting paid for doing something you’re passionate about, and a lot of you weighed in about that. I want to know is a job worth your happiness? Could you go to a job day in and day out, knowing you can’t stand it, just to pay the bills?

I know hubby did it. He didn’t like his job very much. It was streneous and stressful and some of the people there were just a nuisance to deal with. But he did it for us. And he was getting paid good money for it. Could you work a job where you’re not making “good money” just to get by? Sound off please.

17 Responses to Is a Job Worth Your Happiness?

    • That’s good that you have other things to bring you happiness, besides your job. I think if you don’t have hobbies and you hate your job, you’re doomed for depression. Will you consider transitioning into full time work?

  1. Yeah, I truly consider it a blessing to work where I do. I love my co-workers, my boss is really laid back, and the culture is fun. No job is without it’s challenges, but overall, I’m appreciative. I think we are supposed to make our jobs work for us, instead of it only being the other way around. Hope your friend finds something new soon! 

    • A relaxed working environment makes the employees relaxed. I love my job because my coworkers are nice and my boss is laid back also. I like what you said, making our jobs work for us, not the other way around. Changing our thinking to that can make a lot of people reconsider how they feel about the job. Thanks Amber!

  2. I still don’t believe in the whole “do something that your passionate about” but I went to school and got my degree so I could chose a job that I liked, at least. I do like my job. Do I love it? No. Do I want to be doing it on my days off? No. But it brings home the bacon. I think that whether or not a job is worth your happiness, you have to pay bills. If you are not willing to do something to find a job that you like better (whether that be getting certified in something, going to school, or just job hunting), then I’m skeptical that it’s a good idea to just quit a job because you don’t like it.

    • I think as long as you don’t HATE your job, you’re good. The jobs that bring home money and make you happy are out there, but they require a lot more time and patience to find, unless you get lucky. I definitely think it’s best to have a backup plan before quitting any job. The economy is too rough to leave it up to chance.

  3. I would if I had to. However, I’d also be looking for something that either paid a ton better or I actually liked. Something has to give but if she doesn’t try to improve her own situation then the problem starts there.

    • Thankfully she’s now trying and looking for more things, expanding her horizons. I’m really staying on her about finding a peace of mind, because there’s so many other options!

  4. Getting paid well for a job that you can bare is pretty good. But, doing something that you love and enjoy is something different. I would hate to work a job just to pay the bills…

  5. I love my “job.” But I get to do it from home, and interact online with people I like.  🙂 I’ve done crappy jobs in the past, though. It’s not fun, and I always kept my eye out for something different, that I liked better. I didn’t ever quit without having something lined up, though.

  6. It’s not good for our mental or physical health to work in a job you hate – regardless of the money. It’s OK for a quick temporary solution whilst you fnd other ways to earn income, but not long term. It can often lead to depression and drug or alcohol use. It’s just not worth it – we only get one life.

    I know its easier said than done, but we must find something that is enjoyable. It makes life so much better. In an average day we spend 8 hours working, 8 hours living, and 8 hours sleeping. I just don’t find it acceptable having half my waking life going sour.

    If there are no enjoyable jobs in your area then either moveor create your own job. I did both and eventually returned as a full time paid internet marketer. It can be done!

    • Agreed Jon. It’s definitely not a good long term plan. I’ve seen a lot of people try to find solace in vices because they’re miserable at their jobs. Never a good look.

      We spend so much time at work, that’d be a lot of time being miserable. If the average work week is 40 hours, I couldn’t imagine being unhappy for that much time.

      When did you come to the decision to move and create your own job? How quickly did you find out that it was the right idea?

  7. “Could you go to a job day in and day out, knowing you can’t stand it, just to pay the bills?”
    What an inane question. Yes, people can, when people need to put fucking food on the table. How amazing for you that you’ve never been in such a position. Welcome to the real world.

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