What Would You Change About Your Working Life If You Could?
As nice as it would be if everything could go the way we wanted it to in life, we all know that most of the time it just isn’t quite that simple.
However, let’s assume that you are given the chance to ask for one change to your way of working. What would you change about your working life?
More Time Off Work
Americans are among the people who get the fewest number of days of paid vacation in the whole world! Isn’t that quite a thought? The average number of days off that someone in the USA takes each year is around 10 (some sources suggest 12). Yet, in countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands and Brazil they get around 30 paid days off work each year. Most European countries are in the 20s, with the Brits averaging 25 days a year. What would you do with all of those extra days if you had them free instead of having to go into work?
Ok, so you liked the idea of getting more time off work? Well, what if you had the chance to get this but were then given the option of swapping those free days for some more money? It would be a tough choice for most of us, I reckon. If you are used to working hard with few days off over the year then maybe you will decide to go for the bigger salary. Having said that, wouldn’t you be just a little bit tempted to enjoy the extra leisure time instead of the money? Of course, those days off can cost money, especially if you have a family. This means that you could end up spending more money without earning anymore.
I’ve been working from home from a while now, so I’ve almost forgotten how annoying it was to have to commute into the city every day. In fact, it wasn’t just annoying but it was also really expensive as well. The average commute to work in the USA is, according to the USA Census Bureau, 25.4 minutes. That seems like a reasonable length of journey, although there are clearly lots of people who travel for far longer than that each year. For instance, in some parts of New York City the average daily commute rises to over 46 minutes, while in and around San Francisco it gets close to this figure. If you travel the average figure then that adds up to 50 minutes a day, or over 4 hours a week. Away from the average figure we find that 10.8 million Americans travel for more than an hour to get to work each day. 600,000 are “mega commuters” who travel at least 50 miles or 90 minutes to get to work. How much time and money could you save by travelling less each day?
More Interesting Work
The last point is one which will strike a chord with a lot of people, I think. If you are relatively happy with your salary, your amount of leisure time and your commuting time then maybe you would settle for making your wish that of having a more interesting job. The good news is that if you are bored with your job then you don’t need to wait for the perfect job to arrive. In fact, you can set about making any of the changes listed here if you want to. A better working life is something we all deserve and it is definitely worth aiming for. If you aren’t happy with what you have just now then it’s time to take some action.
What aspect of your working life would you most want to change?