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Jonathan says: Money is not the most important factor in finding a job

Although income is important, there are many other factors in your working space that should be #1 when job hunting.
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Sisyphus had the rock, man has the 9-5. 

Most jobs aren’t so bad after working there for a while getting the rope of it is easily one of the most satisfying activities a person can feel, but is it as satisfying as receiving that paycheck? Working is for many right? So shouldn’t money be the most important part of that working hell? Believe it or not, it’s not… Although it plays a huge factor.

“Why isn’t pay the most important part?” you may ask. Well, let me put it like this: would you be willing to wear a dirty suit and use a broken plunger to clean the dirtiest toilets in the world for $17.00 every single day? Most people would say “Heck no” unless they were crazy. No one would want to work in such an environment. What I’m trying to say here is that the work environment is the most important factor when it comes to having a job. About 42% of workers worldwide believe that a healthy work environment is key for those looking for a job. With the right environment, it’s best to believe that the business will be booming.

A healthy environment has huge benefits, not just employee rate increase “Reduces in-work accidents and injuries. Promotes a positive company image and reputation. Reduces stress and levels of illness in employees. Promotes mental health.” William Beaumont-Oates, a reporter for Thomas. co said.

So the environment is said and done, what else is there but that sweet paycheck? Don’t get too feisty here no no no it’s work security, companies like to put out there that security in a working space should and will be the number one priority. Although companies believe that it’s #1 many employees don’t agree with them, it’s a bit of a hassle going both ways but it’s good to know that a safe working environment means a safe red carpet to walk on leading to that beauty of a paycheck. But in all seriousness whether people agree or not it’s always nice to know that companies care about the safety of their employees, working at a place at risk of being in danger.

A list created of the many important factors more important then the actual pay. (Photo by Jonathan Saucedo)

Another factor not mentioned is the employee’s happiness – “When choosing a career, personal fulfillment is more important than salary. If employees are happy at what they are doing then they will want to come to work each day. On the other hand, those who do not enjoy their jobs dread each long working day. Money is not the most important thing in life.” A reporter, from the washingtonpost.com said.

Although money is a very important factor and the sole purpose humans put themselves through that living hell it shouldn’t be all that matters when it comes to finding jobs, before applying to see what that job has to offer and checking reviews it’s the safety and working space that matters not just the income. And let’s say one doesn’t check for any of those, then let them complain all about their job that’s what they get for being ignorant.

Looking for a job is already a daunting task, and if you end up working in an unbearable work environment, it can significantly affect your well-being. If you are experiencing any of the situations mentioned above, it is best to quit. An unbearable work environment usually stems from poor management, which can lead to a terrible workday and a lack of motivation to get up and go to work.

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Jonathan Saucedo
Jonathan Saucedo, Opinions Editor
Jonathan is a junior at West Chicago Community High School. He joined Journalism last year and has learned many important lessons - especially that deadlines can be tricky. This year, Jonathan is an up-and-coming opinions section editor. He is grateful for this position and his ability to be a leader for the Chronicle. Besides Journalism, Jonathan loves the draw/sketch (although he may not be good at it, he draws in his free time and during school when classes get a little boring). He also has a very sociable personality and can talk to people very easily, but when it comes to a presentation, he kind of falls off. His goal for this year's JPro class is to at least publish 25 assignments over the course of the year. Well, the task may be tough, but he believes in himself and so should you. Oh, and another one of his goals is to find a job. Over the summer, he went on a job hunt, but a lot of businesses declined, leaving Jonathan sad and broke. He is excited for Journalism and cannot wait to be a part of the team all year long - and next year, as well, when he becomes a full-on editor and the last of his peers. 
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