We all have a love/hate kind of relationship with our 9-5 job. There are several things we like about it, but sometimes, we are looking for a bit more flexibility and freedom in our day.
Loving our 9-5 job does not mean that we should dedicate our whole life to it. But every day we strive to be happy with our job reality, although it may not be the best thing.
Even though our job gets us down sometimes, as we have to work late hours, deal with stressful deadlines and miss daytime events that meant a lot to us. We are quite grateful for having a job.
Instead of complaining about your 9-5 job, you should clear your mind and find some good reasons why you should love your job.
In this article, we share you 12 reasons to love your job despite the circumstances. If you have a full-time job, you can identify with some of these factors as well.
1. The regular and steady paycheck
The very best thing about having a steady job is you don’t have to get worried about how much money is coming into account because you know that you will receive a check end of the month for the same amount. This makes it easy to budget, and the peace of mind is quite nice as well.
2. Resources Provided by Employer
Another great thing about being someone’s employee is that the employer provides the resources needed to carry out your job. For instance, the employer offers computer, software and tools to perform research, to name a few examples.
Even, something as necessary as office supplies, it’s nice not to have to buy them out of own pocket. That’s one reason why you should appreciate being an employee.
The different job provides different benefits compared to others, but you should still appreciate what you do receive. I get a match up to 3% of my salary for retirement contributions as well as paid vacation and sick time.
Other benefits could include a variety of types of insurance (medical, dental, vision, short term disability, life), profit sharing, stock options, generous maternity/paternity benefits and more.
If you were self-employed, you would be responsible for 100% of these things.
4. Social Interaction
The social interaction provided by coworkers can be a great benefit of a 9-5 job. Some extroverts may thrive on spending time and working with others. Even introverts, such as myself, can appreciate having coworkers to chat with throughout the day. You should enjoy the people you work with, and you should also consider most to be friends.
5. Ability to Leave Work at Work
It’s not always the case, but most of the time you’re able to leave work issues at work once your day is over. If an employee is expected to be on call beyond the regular 9-5, he or she is usually compensated for some way for that expectation.
Since 9-5 employees are expected to show up and work their assigned hours, time off the clock is generally respected. I love my weekends and evenings when I don’t have to be in the office when other people at my firm might be working.
6. Clearly Defined Roles
One thing grateful about the day job is the fact that you’re expected to do the assigned work, and help out with some clerical duties as well.
You don’t have to try wearing other hats like those who are self-employed must do.
Also, you don’t have to worry about billing the clients, advertising, paying the bills or any of the other things a business owner has to do on top of providing a service to customers or clients.
You show up and do your particular work and leave the other things to someone else.
The nature of working 9-5 Monday through Friday lends itself to a life of predictability. You know what your day is going to look like during the workweek and it allows you to plan accordingly.
You can get into a groove with a schedule, and you don’t have to worry so much about planning routine tasks.
8. You develop new skills
Every job requires many skills on our part, and if we do not have them, the workplace becomes the best place to learn it. From a job interview, for example, you learn how to dress, how to introduce yourself, do things you never thought you could.
Love your job, as it allows you to learn and know your potential.
9. Collaboration with Others
This element is related to #4, but it is a slightly different benefit. At the workplace, there are other smart people around you to go to with questions. Chances are, someone with more experience has encountered the issue you’re dealing with and can offer advice.
Not only that but having someone else to collaborate with can help you get a different perspective and devise a great plan.
10. Extrinsic Motivation
At the day job, You often rely on extrinsic motivation to complete your work. While it is true that relying solely on this type of motivation can make it hard to stick with the work for the long haul, You can find it useful.
As mentioned in #1, the biggest form of extrinsic motivation is the steady paycheck. If you find your motivation flagging, remind yourself that you are getting paid and receiving other random benefits. It never fails, because you know if you don’t do your work. You will probably lose your job!
11. You have a job which opens up new opportunities
It has happened to all of us that we do not have a job and we have to find one, love your work for the simple fact that you have it. There are millions of unemployed people, so if you are not part of this figure, realize how lucky you are and leave the complaints about later.
All jobs can be the bridge to something beyond what is at that moment; of course, it depends on you and your performance to make it happen. Love your job because it brings you closer and supports to find your real life purpose.
12. Other Perks
You should be appreciative for the other perks of working a full-time job.
Your parking at your office building is also paid, and you often enjoy the water and coffee at the office.
Not only that but occasionally you get a free lunch or sweet treat to celebrate someone’s birthday. Small perks like these are a nice little benefit of a 9-5 job, and you should appreciate them. If you were on your own, You would have to bear these costs yourself.
Of course, this list is pretty generic and does not apply to every 9-5 job. But at least a few of these things would apply to most full-time jobs.
So share with us, what do you think is the best part about a regular 9-5 job?