When we work, we all sell our time for compensation. We agree to show up and work hard, and our employer, or our clients, agree to pay us.
If we are fortunate, we have choices about where we work. The challenge is figuring out which job to take. Which job will pay the most?
It is easy to compare salaries, and relatively easy to compare benefit packages.
Yet, our total compensation package is more than our salary, health insurance, and the company’s retirement program. Part of our compensation package has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with the company’s culture.
Some company cultures are toxic. They encourage people to seek credit and blame others. They push us to stretch the limits of ethical behavior. Because we don’t trust our colleagues, we are constantly forced to watch our back. A toxic corporate culture not only distracts us from our work, it makes us fearful and miserable.
Some companies have supportive cultures. Credit is shared among the team. Rather than looking to pin blame on its employees, some companies focus on fixing mistakes and learning from the experience. High ethical standards are built into the fiber of the company, and we are never asked to put profits before principle. We spend less time worrying and more time working, and we’re generally happier.
Supportive cultures encourage us to develop close relationships at work, give us the opportunity to do what we love, and often allow us to work as part of a team that is looking to change the world for the better.
Which job would you prefer? More money but a toxic work environment, or less money and a supportive work environment?
Which job pays more?