Now that we are living in the time of crisis, things are getting a little harder: someone is being fired, others change jobs on their own initiative, and some people are only beginning to think of their life activities. So how to make sense of this seemingly common issue – what job to apply for? What advice can be given to those who ask that sort of question? And almost everyone just now seeks to get this question answered…
Everything seems easy at a casual glance: a kind of job that lets you work less and earn more is the best of all possible jobs. If it’s also close to home, it’s a great piece of luck. But is such method of thinking effective? By no means always, as experience suggests. In fact, job satisfaction is no easy thing. Our work is not just about making efforts for money – a real third, sometimes even half of our life is spent at work. And it’s not only the wage rate that is important when we choose the way to spend this time. Some more fundamental principles exist that enable us to experience satisfaction not only after work, but in work, as well. How to achieve that? Let’s turn to world-wise sages for advice.
There are certain rules that existed for thousands of years. They give an insight into how to choose the appropriate work environment, and an appropriate place for any life activity in general. Understandably, there’s no point in having a job where we can’t meet basic needs. But on top of that, the following set of rules is worth-while and should be taken into account.
Firstly, one is not recommended to stay long in a place where one is not treated with respect. If we talk about damnation, a place where one is held in low esteem is exactly the cursed place. We can’t live without air, and respect for us is the air for our consciousness. Without it we may not live much longer. When they treat you with contempt, it leads you to doldrums, being placed in a mental hospital room; it’s a straight road to alcohol addiction and even suicide. These problems are much spoken of in our time but few people can understand: this is simply the evidence of atmosphere of disrespect.
Secondly, it’s impossible to stay long in a place where you have no friends. Sounds like — what’s the big deal about that? We shall get along without their help. But in fact where there are no friends there are only enemies. It’s not a workplace any longer – rather it’s a battle for life that is short enough without adding this. How is it possible to stay calm and happy in the enemy’s rear? Life becomes sort of continuous self-defense. Under such conditions one must fully accept the rules of combat, but did we mean to become soldiers on a crisis spot? No, such atmosphere is far from being tranquil. Certainly we shouldn’t expect that absolutely everyone will become our friend, but at least some co-workers must be apparently friendly; otherwise it’s better that we push off, moving by bounds…
The third principle is even more interesting. A placement without training opportunities is also unsuitable both for work and for life. Without the opportunity to constantly acquire new knowledge, a person becomes stupefied very soon. In a stupefied state one cannot but make mistakes and act foolish. This in turn makes one devitalized and deprived of their job. Other people lose respect for such a person. One can even be held criminally liable and brought to trial. Therefore, all managers should remember one simple truth: where there are no training programs, there’s much thievery going on.
The fourth obligatory time-proved principle is that there must be people around you at the very least a little richer than you. Otherwise, what’s the point of making money in a place where there are no wealthier people around? Everybody only gets poorer in such a place. People can be divided into two conceptual categories: they are either growing richer step by step, or are gradually growing poorer. Just look around you and see the trend you follow. Is it a route forward, or are you sliding into poverty instead? Remember: if no one around you is on the mend, maybe it’s a room for lingering out one’s days that you are in…
The fifth principle pertains to the managers whose responsibility is not only to give orders and hand out wages, but to take real good care of their subordinates. A place where an elaborate caring system can’t be perceived is not exactly a workplace but a slaves’ plantation. They can get rid of you any time you make a slightest misstep. It has been well said that the rot starts at the top – if not even managers care about their employees, the outlook is pretty dim. I mean – when applying for a job we enhance our ability to care for others. Being neglected ourselves what can we impart to other people? We may turn into cynic slave-holders ourselves and coming home from work shout at our family members so they fulfill their household chores. In this way one can lose not only the job and humanness, but a family, as well.
Thus what makes a good employer is a fatherly attitude towards subordinates. Don’t merely search for a job – search for a family with the father at the head.
The sixth principle suggests that it’s better to work at a place where there is some charity or welfare practice involved. This points to the fact that you are employed by merciful and compassionate people. For one thing, we can learn from them, for another thing, when you mix with such people it’s not dangerous if something goes down like a lead balloon. They will always understand you and try to help. If there is no outreach for those in sore need of help, to work in such a place is as dangerous as in a prison or in an uncouth desert. Everyone thinks only of themselves. There are no lofty ideals, social work or genuine concern for others. But having a job is exactly the desire to take care of others. If there’s no such care, it’s not a job but a hotbed of selfishness and cynicism. The mood of serving people gives way to the feather-one’s-own-nest mood.
The seventh principle says that at a workplace there must be an occupational health doctor who would provide on-going recommendations for disease prevention and for treatment of those health problems that already emerged. We live in the world where different stages of human life run their appointed course. And as far as diseases are concerned, unfortunately, they are one of the aspects of our living. Only quite a healthy person is able to work, therefore, it’s reasonable to constantly look after health and take appropriate health care measures. If very few people seem to care, then it’s a place where everybody runs ragged to death. Think of a car driver who doesn’t care about their own car. This is so silly. We may only take a dim view of such a driver. The same holds true for such a workplace – we can’t expect anything much from it. It’s more like a horse barn where a horse is driven in first, shot up next.
The eighth principle relatable to the preceding one states that we may only work at such a place where leisure facilities are also thought of. Work and rest are two sides of the same coin. If we don’t care about recreation, we don’t care about the job itself. And how can we work in a place where no one thinks about the job? This is what is called madness. Therefore, learn about the customary leisure time activities at the job you are going to apply for. Get to know what is done for that, how much money is put up – and you will understand whether it’s decent work or another way to lose time, health and composure. As scriptures say: “He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all pains by practicing the yoga system.”
And the ninth principle lies in the fact that our co-workers should be more or less cultured people. The main criterion for that is the culture of speech. Sages don’t recommend working at a place where leadership, job and other staff members are constantly given damns and curses. A place where abuse is yelled out lacks right-mindedness, and without right-mindedness, there is no life. One should be afraid of being placed in a situation where intelligence is not applied. Under such conditions one may lose their own intelligence, health and peace of mind. One may even lose their soul. Money certainly isn’t worth it. Any activity requires strenuous efforts and some verbal confrontation coming from it, but it shouldn’t be cynical, dirty and offensive. Dirty words speak of dirty motives, and this is not the best option for a place where we spend a considerable part of our life.
A perfect place is surely impossible to find, but in case you notice at least some of the above-mentioned signs, a chance of success is still there. If you are not satisfied by their partial embodiment, start your own business and bring all these principles into life. And remember –if you want to do something well, do it yourself. Therefore, if you see some discrepancy, don’t be fiercely critical of that, rather try to make some improvements within your own sphere of influence, and if you succeed in doing so, others will be willing to follow the lead.
And now we’ll tag on a parable at the end.
One man decided to change the world. But the world was so large, and he was so small… There and then he decided to change his city. But the city was so large, and he was so small… Then he decided to change his family. But his family was so large – half a score of children! Thus the man made it to the only thing that was in his power to change, given that he was so small. And that was himself…
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