It’s an ongoing problem that was difficult to deal with before Covid 19 hit but has been exacerbated now with the lockdowns and mass vaccination programme that is currently underway. It appears that no health care organisation is immune from being affected, albeit to a lesser degree in some places. As you see, I’ve also been affected with having to cancel all Clinical Updates due to lack of participants. While it is not as dire for me as for facilities, it’s having an impact across the board.
While no one can blame nurses from leaving lower paid jobs for those that are paying more, it’s till disheartening to see. I’m left wondering how this could be avoided because a lot of research around why employees leave their jobs is rarely because of money. You’ll see in this video, that no one mentioned low pay as a reason to leave their job.
While many do leave for higher wages, there’s still enough evidence to suggest that if a person is happy in their work, they like the culture, and their colleagues, are supported by management, receive recognition for the work they do are better motivators for a person to accept lower pay than leave to chase the mighty dollar.
While receiving higher wages does give short term gain, it may not offer the same amount of satisfaction as their previous workplace. There is still multiple reasons for this but sometimes more money does not necessarily help the person in their day to day life.
So, what is the cost of choosing more money over happiness and job satisfaction?
Well, to the individual it may increase their stress levels. Their inner critic may also be reminding them that you left a job they loved for money which has not actually compensated them for that loss. It could make the person sad, regret the decision they made and often as a consequence end up spending the extra money they earned on other ways to try and make them happy.
If you are thinking of leaving your current job, that you love, then take a look at this video.
The new job, with extra money, may not be all it makes out to be. While your current employer may not be able to pay your money, there may be other ways in which your employer can reward you. So, if you get a job offer for more money, before you just jump ship and take the offer, have a talk to your employer. See what they can come up with for you to stay because if you are a valuable employee, they would rather keep you than lose you. Any employer knows that to lose a good employee will cost them up to 3 times your wage/salary to replace you up to 12 months to get the new person up to the level you are at now.
So, my question to you is what are the real benefit to you to leave your current job, apart from money? Do this exercise and you may well change your mind about the extra dollars.