An old coworker-turned-good-friend was recently looking for a job. She’d been at her job for a few years, but it had turned very toxic. To the point she would feel despair every morning before going in. None of her coworkers were happy either, it was that type of environment. She applied to hundreds of places for about 6 months. She applied to different industries too, some places she had direct experience, other places she would be doing completely different things. She got two offers, one in her industry and the other one at a place she didn’t have much experience in but was very interested in. There was a $10K difference between offers, amongst other things:
- Offer 1: 5K more than she earned
- Offer 2: 5K less than she earned
- Offer 1: current industry, lots of experience.
- Offer 2: new industry, build her way up.
- Offer 1: wearing many hats, really stressful
- Offer 2: clarified focus and direction
- Offer 1: current employee told her it was a toxic environment
- Offer 2: She liked everyone she met through her interviews
Want to guess which offer she took? Offer 2 was the winner.
This got me thinking about what people really care about when comparing jobs, pay rates and benefits. My friend clearly sees a healthy work environment as a top priority in her case, which is why she was happy with offer 2.
I took a pay cut to get away from a toxic company. What I saved in stress was worth it!
I would have chosen the same. Sometimes it's not all about the paycheck. You have to consider everything. I have taken a huge pay cut but not because I wanted to. I was laid off after 17 years. I now work from home making far less money than I use to. One thing I have noticed though. I have no job stress anymore!!
You have to think this through for some people it's a challenge, but for others it's simple. There's a pandemic and you have financial responsibilities, pay bills, eat, and live. Plus rising costs! Taking a pay cut is better then not having any income at all. Meantime look around if there a openings for a better job. Remain proactive.
For a job that was closer to where I lived. Saved about $10K in gas and wear & tear on my car; not to mention a 45 minute one way commute. Also didn't have to pay $250/month for health insurance anymore and the plans were about the same quality. So, yes took job that paid less but considering the other benefits, it really wasn't much less.
I dont mind a pay cut if I dont have to drive more than 20 miles in very busy high ways and in traffics. That was another stress for me. I had a stressful job in a toxic environment that every morning I feel nauseated just thinking of going to work. Before I entered the work area I need to meditate to give me strength and peace.
I need a good job
What about $20K pay cut. The difference of paying your bills and not paying bills
Yes, I would take a pay cut especially if I was offered a job at a mission driven organization.
to get away from an ex that knew where I worked