When you sit down and think about it, what is it that you really want out of your career? While most people initially think about a nice salary and good benefits, the truth is that it goes much deeper than that. In most instances, it’s actually happiness. People want to enjoy their jobs and lead a comfortable lifestyle.
Flexibility is the Key
According to research and data, flexibility may be the answer. People want a job that allows them to attend to personal needs and still do the work they love. In fact, according to a survey conducted by FlexJobs, the large majority of people believe career flexibility is directly correlated to personal aspects like better relationships.
An impressive 81 percent of people believe flexibility would improve their marriages, 79 percent believe it would improve their romantic life, and 41 percent say it would enhance their sex life. However, despite these beliefs, very few people have flexible jobs. Around 50 percent of survey respondents felt their work-life balance needs improvement, while 1 out of 10 believe their current balance is “terrible.”
How to Enjoy More Flexibility
So, how can you enjoy more flexibility in your career? Here are a few possibilities:
- Research locum opportunities. If you’re a doctor or physician, have you ever considered locum opportunities? Working as a locum doctor can allow you to make a good income and do what you love. You can set your own schedule, enjoy the lifestyle you want, and not have to forego your career. Depending on your expertise and specialty, you may be surprised to learn that there are a number of opportunities.
- Try a compressed workweek. What about a compressed workweek? By working four 10-hour days, as opposed to five eight-hour days, you could give yourself the flexibility of a three-day weekend. Or you could work ten-hour days on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to give yourself a break during the middle of the week. Ask your employer about these opportunities and experiment to see if you’d like a compressed workweek.
- Go part-time. If you can afford it, what’s keeping you from going part-time? Sometimes your personal life is more important than your career and you need to take time for yourself. Talk with your family and employer to see if this is a possibility. You don’t know until you ask!
- Start your own business. If you’re an experienced professional with a certain amount of skill and ingenuity, maybe you could branch off and start your own business. While this may not allow you to cut back any hours, it will let you choose when and where you work. This flexibility may be all you need to get your work-life balance properly aligned.
Make the Most Out of Your Career
Your career should grow you and push you forward, not hold you back. Instead of trudging through 40 or 50-hour work weeks that physically and mentally drain you, consider looking into more flexible options that allow you to attend to personal needs and enjoy life.
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