I realize that Thanksgiving is behind us, but I really need to remind myself that I have an amazing job – hence the writing of this post. Too many times I look so far ahead into the future, thinking about the goals I have yet to achieve, that I forget to enjoy what I have in this moment. Do you ever struggle with this? If you live somewhere on this planet, then I am almost certain that you struggle with thankfulness in the present as well. We all do. What is it that you should be more thankful for?
I Am Thankful For My Job
Often, when I am sitting in my cubical I think to myself, “Is this really for me? Is this really what I was called to do in this life?” Then I catch myself dazing off into space, picturing what life might be like 10 years from now. A wife, a couple of kids, rental properties, and enough passive income to do whatever I want to do with my life – perhaps helping others with their personal finances! Wouldn’t that just be awesome? Well sure it would, but it is not my reality today. While I shouldn’t ignore my goals for the future, I must learn to count my blessings today. One of those huge blessings is my 8-5 job. Here are 14.5 solid reasons why I am thankful for my job.
1) I rarely work more than 45 hours per week
I have worked a couple of different jobs for my current employer and both have had an excellent work life balance. More often than not, I am able to leave promptly at 5pm because much of my work is project based and does not need to be completed within a day’s time. On average, I would say that I work 43 or 44 hours each week. Not too shabby for a salaried position!
2) The culture is amazing
While I do not necessarily jump out of bed every morning and shout, “Yes, I get to go to work today!!!”, my job is certainly not a dreadful experience. I enjoy the work and get along with everyone at the office. In fact, my employer often makes the ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work For’ list. Now that’s pretty special!
3) They contribute 9% to my 401k
If I contribute 3% of my paycheck to my 401k (or Roth 401k -yes that is an option at my work), then my employer will match 100% of my contribution. In addition to this, they contribute an additional 4% (just because) and often contribute another 2% (or more) as part of our yearly bonus.
4) They pay out 3% in quarterly bonuses
If we perform well (and we often do), then my employer will pay out additional cash in the form of a paycheck up to 6% of our salaries. Typically, this amount totals about 3%. It’s still nice to receive those little kickers every quarter though.
5) They flex around my schedule
While my employer is pretty traditional, they really do try to act in the best interest of their employees. In my role, I am able to work in different buildings, from home, whatever, just as long as I get my work done. And, hardly ever am I asked where I am working. This is a salaried job at its finest.
Back in May, when I decided to buy myself a bicycle, I found out that my employer would actually cover $100 of the cost. All I had to do was fill out a single piece of paper and I got my $100 in my next paycheck.
7) They care about the environment
One of the reasons I got $100 for my bicycle purchase was because riding bike aligns well with the environmental beliefs of the company. Even way before it was cool to be an environmentally conscious company, my employer was doing everything in their power to do what was best for the environment.
8 ) They offer incentives for fitness
Almost every facility that I work in has a fitness center that is free for all employees. One of them even has a basketball court that I use once in a while. And, if you happen to work at one of their facilities that does not have a fitness center, they will cover up to $125 a year if you would like to purchase a membership elsewhere. That’s a pretty sweet deal. Oh, and they often have incentives for completing little exercise programs from month to month. It’s a pretty easy way to earn an additional $25 or $50.
9) They pay for part of my monthly cell phone bill
Since I do use my cell phone for work once in a while (you know, while I am working from another location or from home), my employer ponies up about $30 a month for the bill and gives it to me through my biweekly paycheck.
10) The insurance benefits are the best I’ve ever had
I used to work for a company that provided insurance for us….but the high deductible plan was still $150 per paycheck! With my current employer, the coverage is better and I only pay $25 per paycheck. Plus, they put an additional $500 into my HSA account each year. I love it! Oh, and I almost forgot, they also provide life insurance, short term disability, and long term disability (and I don’t mean they offer them, I mean they pay out if something happens to me – all as a free benefit).
11) They want me to get ahead
My employer absolutely loves to promote from within the company. To help their employees grow, they set up many programs that we can take part in like small networking groups, classes for learning, and mentorship programs. I am fortunate enough to mentor with the CAO (Chief Accounting Officer) of our company and it has been fantastic!
When I first started working for this company, my co-worker was taking classes at a local university. When I asked her about it I soon discovered that my employer would cover the costs of my education if I wanted to pursue my MBA. I jumped at this opportunity and wrapped up my Masters of Business Administration degree last April.
13) I get a large discount on our product
My company makes some of the finest product in their industry and I get the benefit of purchasing most of it at a 70% discount! I haven’t taken advantage of this yet (since I have been focusing my monies elsewhere), but I think I might exercise this option soon.
14) I get paid more than the average U.S. family
When I look back at my education and my current career, I made out pretty good. I only racked up about $12,000 in student loan debt (if you know my story well and this number sounds low to you, the rest of my debt was actually my ex’s) and my MBA was pretty much fully paid for. On top of that, my salary pays more than what the average U.S. family earns. I am very blessed to have this job as it enables me to put extra money toward my mortgage each month, invest a sizable amount, and take multiple vacations throughout the year.
14.5) They offer random incentives for so many things
There are so many other incentives that are offered by my employer, there is no way I could remember them all. Off the top of my head though, here are a few awesome ones that I look forward to utilizing someday:
- A free rocker chair if you have a newborn child
- $500 if you buy a fuel-efficient car
- $50 toward any race (like a 5k or a triathlon)
- Discounted movie tickets
- Random gift cards for a job well done
- $5,000 toward adoption costs
- Random product giveaways at company meetings
- Scholarships for your kid’s college
- …and many more
My current job really is an amazing one. I truly am thankful for the work that I am able to do there.
What about your job? What do you have to be thankful for?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.