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Kallisto's Sunday Question: Jobs II

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What is so important for you in a job (the payment excluded)?

A good company to colleagues 14%
The appreciation for my work 17%
A boss who treats me with respect 20%
Flexible working hours 6%
A job in which I like to work 29%
A job with a meaningful work14%
Total votes: 35
Sunday and here is the last poll before a new week begins.

Almost all people in the world do a job to earn money. They work for a long time till retirement and that is why it is all the more important to work in a job that pleases us.

Questions for everyone who likes to answer:

Do you think 40 hours a week is bad for a work-life-balance?

Are there jobs they are fairly underpaid in terms of the requirements in your opinion?

What do you think is a fair salary a month, independent on the job and the residence?
Arguably, the most important thing for me that isn’t on this list is that I want a job whereby when you come home, there’s no more work to do so 9:00-17:00 is actually 9:00-17:00. I do not want “oh it’s 9:00-17:00 on paper but not in reality as there might be work to do when you come home” e.g because you’re a teacher, tutor, student, lawyer etc
Original post by Talkative Toad
Arguably, the most important thing for me that isn’t on this list is that I want a job whereby when you come home, there’s no more work to do so 9:00-17:00 is actually 9:00-17:00. I do not want “oh it’s 9:00-17:00 on paper but not in reality as there might be work to do when you come home” e.g because you’re a teacher, tutor, student, lawyer etc

Good point! that is really an important option I have forgotten to add. How would you name it? 'fixed working hours' or 'no extra working hours at home'?
Original post by Kallisto
Good point! that is really an important option I have forgotten to add. How would you name it? 'fixed working hours' or 'no extra working hours at home'?


I have no idea, could just put other as an option :dontknow:.

You could technically have “fixed working hours (so on paper you could be contracted to work 9:00-17:00, Monday to Friday for example)” but still be expected to do more work when you come home (so you are given tasks to do).

Take a UK student in R-Y11 (4-16 years old) for example, they’ll most likely have “fixed” school hours such as 9:00-15:00 everyday bar weekends, but still be given homework and assignments to complete when they get home.

This is the kind of thing I oppose when having a job and is probably the most important thing for me other than pay, me liking the job and me getting appropriate accommodations for my disability. I want my 9:00-17:00 or 7:00-14:00 or 12:00-20:00 or whatever to actually be those times (with some leeway of course but no tasks to do when I come home. Home is home, work is work).

Note: I strongly support giving students homework but I’m just using students as an example.
Do you think 40 hours a week is bad for a work-life-balance?
No.

Are there jobs they are fairly underpaid in terms of the requirements in your opinion?
Yes.
I believe that some healthcare jobs, a few very sensitive roles that require a highly specialised skillset and regular antisocial hours shifts are underpaid. Most should be tax free or eligible for free/low cost accomodation nearby to workplace venue.

What do you think is a fair salary a month, independent on the job and the residence?
It depends on a variety of factors.
The local region, type of job, how dangerous the work normally is, level of qualifications & experience required, average hours per day/working week, average expected weekly/monthly overtime and if it involves any all nighters or working antisocial hours shifts with little notice.
Original post by londonmyst
Do you think 40 hours a week is bad for a work-life-balance?
No.

Are there jobs they are fairly underpaid in terms of the requirements in your opinion?
Yes.
I believe that some healthcare jobs, a few very sensitive roles that require a highly specialised skillset and regular antisocial hours shifts are underpaid. Most should be tax free or eligible for free/low cost accomodation nearby to workplace venue.

What do you think is a fair salary a month, independent on the job and the residence?
It depends on a variety of factors.
The local region, type of job, how dangerous the work normally is, level of qualifications & experience required, average hours per day/working week, average expected weekly/monthly overtime and if it involves any all nighters or working antisocial hours shifts with little notice.

Okay, I ask you in another way: what a salary a month has to be earn to live in the cheapest regions of the UK you know? what has to be earned at the minimum to finance the livelihood?
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Reply 7
Variable working hours and shift patterns and seeing the smiles on the face of new parents.
Reply 8
For me the single most important thing is to do something that matters, which is why I've persevered in education in an increasingly crap job market for so long.

It has taken ten years but our contracts are being renegotiated now and my wage looks like it will finally be of a good standard (18% increase), so the remuneration is now pretty good, too. This is a very new thing, I have worked for a pittance all of my adult life.

The other thing that is important to me because I have care responsibilities is that work be flexible. I don't need to be on campus every day, which really is a godsend with the home stuff going on.

MY contract is 35 hours a week, actually - mainly because we don't get paid for the notional 'lunch hours'. But that's ok because I never have one!

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