I speak to many successful, accomplished women who have this question nagging at them:
“Is it selfish or greedy to not just want a job you love, but to demand it?”
Just asking the question can feel brazen.
I also once had the mindset that I should be grateful for the job and career I had and ask for no more than that. I was successful at it. Why be greedy and look for more? I held this belief for many years, as did those around me.
I Was Wrong.
It may be bold, but it is not greedy and not selfish to demand a job you enjoy.
I Can Prove It.
Here are 5 research supported reasons why the truly smart, successful woman doesn’t settle for less than a job she enjoys.
1 – Women Who Enjoy Their Work Avoid Occupational Burn-out.
Perhaps you’ve heard the recent news: The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on May 28, 2019, that the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) now describes burn-out as an “occupational phenomenon” and defines it as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” This is a global phenomenon. Burn-out is no joke. Years ago, Scientific American Mind published an article with a checklist of 12 symptoms of burn-out. Number 12 included attempted suicide. Burn-out is serious. Then women who enjoy their work are helping turn the tide on this phenomenon. One job at a time.
2 – Women Who Enjoy Their Work Are 12% More Productive Than Those Who Don’t.
No wonder these women are successful – they get more done!
3 – Women Who Enjoy Their Work Are More Creative, Better Problem Solvers And More Profitable.
By using the strengths you most enjoy using, in the environment where you thrive, and doing work that is meaningful to you, you become better and more successful. You have a greater impact and earn more money – for yourself and your company.
4 – Companies With Employees Who Enjoy Their Work Outperform The Competition By 20%.
When you do what you love and love what you do, you become a more attractive applicant for the jobs you enjoy with companies who value their employees. If you demand it, they will demand you.
5 – Women Who Enjoy Their Work Are Healthier Than Those Who Don’t.
I know for myself when I was unhappy at work I would get sick far more frequently than I do when I love what I do. The ultimate impact of burnout is a negative effect on health and well-being. Women who enjoy their work thrive not just in their careers, but in life.
Sources: University of Warick Study, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
Enjoying What You Do Matters.
As you can see, the research and data support this. It matters to you and to your employer your clients and your customers.
Everyone benefits when you love what you do.
And this is why smart, successful women demand a job where they enjoy what they do.