10 Reasons Why I Love My Job - Baby Steps in High Heels

Thursday, September 23, 2010

10 Reasons Why I Love My Job

Thanks Mama Kat for your Writer’s Workshop Prompt. After yesterday’s pity party of a blog post, I thought I’d take today off. But, this is a great way to offer a bit of perspective and take a look at the positive.

Why do I love my job?

1. The freedom. As I mentioned yesterday, I was rearranging my business trip at 3:30 am on Monday (my flight was scheduled to depart at 6:45 am). When my child is sick or there is another very valid reason to make changes in my work schedule, I have almost complete freedom to do so. I didn’t have to ask my boss. I simply informed her of the situation. It’s very reassuring to work for a company that understand that ‘life’ can sometimes get in the way.

2. The flexibility. Sure there are busy times (like right now) when I don’t have a lot of room to fit personal time into my day. But, at least six months out of the year I am able to work at my own pace. This means that I can take Baby to music class at 11 am on a Wednesday if I want to. As long as I am meeting my daily responsibilities, I don’t necessarily have to follow a 9-5 schedule.

3. The people. I love my colleagues. We’re spread out across the country, so we only actually see each other a couple of times a year. However, we always have a great time when we get together. And, we are pretty good at keeping up via Facebook and email during the rest of the year. We have a lot of fun.

4. The miles and points. We recently switched over to corporate credit cards, so this aspect might be on the decline. However, for the last 6+ years, Husband and I have enjoyed hotel points, airline miles, etc. We have loved this perk of my job and have taken some fun trips as a result.

5. The health insurance. What can I say? It’s amazing. My company is self-insured. And, although I don’t really know the ins and outs of how that works, I do know that I can insure my entire family for a fraction of what we’d pay anywhere else. The monthly rates are insanely low. The coverage is incredible. We are very lucky in this regard.

6. The anniversary trips. For every 5 years of employment, my company partially subsidized an anniversary trip for each employee and a spouse. You have to visit a city where one of our offices is located and spend some time there, but … London, here we come!

7. The respect. As a small company, I really feel like every employee has a voice. And, the powers that be actually listen to each and every one of us. Sure there are issues, as with any job, but it’s nice to work in a place where my voice is heard and respected.

8. Car allowance. Yep. I get one of these too. I drive. A. Lot. For work. Instead of a crappy company car, we get an allowance. It’s not enough to cover a car payment, but it gives us the freedom to drive what we want. And it helps defray the cost of those 3-week oil changes!

9. Believing in what I do. I’m in sales. A lot of sales reps are just good at sales. Not me. I probably couldn’t do sales anywhere else. At least, not for a company that didn’t produce a quality product. I don’t feel like a sales rep at my job. I believe in the quality of what we do, and I’m proud to represent our business. I feel more like a ‘product liaison’ or something, and I never feel pushy about doing my job.

10. Dinners, drinks, and good times. We have several meetings and conferences throughout the year, and it’s always really nice to wine and dine our customers … because, well, we actually get to wine and dine our selves in the process! I’ve eaten as some amazing restaurants and enjoyed fabulous foods and drinks that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

There are definitely more reasons why I love my job. But, instead of continuing the list, I’m actually just going to go to work now ...

Have a great day!

Mama's Losin' It

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have a fun job! I wish I could wine and dine people (and myself!)! LOL

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  2. Sounds like a awesome place to work.

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  3. What a difference it makes when you believe in what you do! I can attest to that! :)

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  4. I am sure it makes it feel a whole lot less like work when you love your job this much! Sounds like the kind of job that I would love!!

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  5. What a fabulous list! The freedom and perks you have with your job sounds amazing! Um, are they hiring? lol

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