Career Trek – 2011.04.13
One my primary interest is the study of the factors that affect our motivation for work. This is especially true since more than half of our life will be spent in our jobs if we get to live three to four score. So what are the 3 C’s to consider for your career?
Work conditions include the areas that affect job security, safety, schedule, and location of one’s work. If your working on a stressful or unsafe environment, one can’t even fathom about the next two factors that you need to consider in the list.
This is compounded in today’s economy due to the instability we have experienced in the past couple of years with all the layoffs and downsizing of companies. Thankfully, some organizations have started making headway on this need by promoting wellness, family first, and work-life balance principles.
Compensation is primarily thought of one’s ability to pay the cost of living based on the location. A higher pay doesn’t necessarily translate an advantage when selecting an offer even for jobs within the same geographic area. You’ll have to consider the following expenses: meals, travel, fuel cost or parking when driving your own vehicle, etc.
But compensation is certainly not limited to one’s pay since most of us have more than the physiological needs. This is evidenced by our higher need to achieve, getting recognition/rewards, career advancement, and capacity for growth as explained in “Content Theories of Motivation”.
Culture is the aspect of one’s career for interpersonal relationships. The biggest challenge is getting along with peers or colleagues that will be difficult to work with. The major drawback as compared to the first two aspects mentioned above is that one can’t just realize this during the job interview process. Most of us wouldn’t know until we join and invest our time in the organization whether its a person from another department, micro-managers, or other employees that are not team players.
The corporate culture is a key role for our job satisfaction because of our social nature and need for affiliation. It is a lifelong learning since its a process that we have to undergo in our families, in school, or other communities/groups.
Just like a three-legged stool, any imbalance or lack on any of these factors can contribute to job stress. In my experience, we may forego one or two for a time but it is definitely not sustainable since ‘life is too short.’
This is a pragmatic method of the motivational factors that affects our work and in no way a comprehensive effort to illustrate what most business management courses covers.
Lastly, all these are irrelevant unless we have CHRIST as a guide, unfortunately, most secular studies wouldn’t even consider that especially in our age. If you have an experience to share, feel free to write a comment on this blog post or send me a note.