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What would make you value your job?

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th April 2011 03:00 AM

MANY people value their jobs according to the amount of money they earn.
It is true that many of us search for jobs to earn a living, but most human resource consultants will tell you that the value you attach to your job should be far more than the money you are paid.

MANY people value their jobs according to the amount of money they earn.
It is true that many of us search for jobs to earn a living, but most human resource consultants will tell you that the value you attach to your job should be far more than the money you are paid.

By Viqué-Ocean Kahinju
MANY people value their jobs according to the amount of money they earn.
It is true that many of us search for jobs to earn a living, but most human resource consultants will tell you that the value you attach to your job should be far more than the money you are paid.

Samuel Kigozi, a sociologist in Kampala, agrees that money is a big reason why most people work.
He adds that a good salary will attract people to a job, which could be attributed to the high costs of living and lifestyles.

Kigozi, however, says treating employees as items with a price tag without understanding what they are striving to achieve can ruin their urge to work.

“Money alone does not build a career,” he says. Kigozi adds that career oriented organisations attach valve to one’s job in all spheres.

“Workers who love their work and consider other things other than the amount of money they are paid normally earn more,” he says.

Kigozi, however, says salaries arouses a lot of debate at the workplace because the amount of money one is paid equals how much their contribution is valued by their employers.

“Pay is the value employers put on a worker’s contribution to the organisation,” Kigozi says.

Cedric Sisilo, a human resource consultant, says salary is a crucial element of attaching value to one’s jobs.
But he adds that several work surveys have shown that having good work relationships, a work/life balance, being trusted and having a manageable workload are considered more important than salary by many workers.

“A company can pay an employee a six figured salary, but if they feel ill-treated, unsupported, or have to work for long hours out of their schedule everyday, and have an overwhelming workload, no amount of pay will make them happy,” Sisilo says.

He, however, says it is important to note that there are disguised benefits such employees could attain that are outside their work contracts or job descriptions.
“This could be the beginning of building strong careers,” he says.

To some extent, Sisilo adds, good working conditions are far crucial in enhancing one’s career path than the existence of hard cash in the bank.
“This makes it clear that money is not every thing when it comes to valuing one’s work,” he says.

What would make you value your job?

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