5. Ability to Leave Work at Work
This might not always be the case, but most of the time I am able to leave work issues at work once my day is over. If an employee is expected to be on call beyond the regular 9-5 she is usually compensated for some way for that expectation. Since 9-5 employees are expected to show up and work their assigned hours, time off the clock is generally respected. I absolutely love my weekends and evenings when I don’t have to be in the office when other people at my firm might be working.
6. Clearly Defined Roles
One thing I really respect about my day job is the fact that I am just expected to do legal work, and maybe help out with some clerical duties as well. I don’t have to try wearing other hats like those who are self-employed must do. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about billing the clients, advertising, paying the bills or any of the other things a business owner has to do on top of providing a service to customers or clients. I just show up and do my particular work and leave the other things to someone else.
The nature of working 9-5 Monday through Friday really lends itself to a life of predictability. I know what may day is going to look like during the workweek and it allows me to plan accordingly. I can get into a groove with a schedule and I don’t have to worry so much about planning routine tasks. Because I know when I’m going to go grocery shopping, run or wash laundry, I can free up some mental bandwidth for other things.
8. Collaboration with Others
This element is related to #4, but it is a slightly different benefit. As a fairly new attorney, I greatly appreciate the fact that there are other smart people around me to go to with questions. Chances are, someone with more experience has encountered the issue I’m dealing with and can offer advice. Not only that, but having someone else to collaborate with can really help you get a different perspective and devise a great plan.
9. Extrinsic Motivation
At my day job, I often rely on extrinsic motivation to complete my work. While it is true that relying solely on this type of motivation can make it hard to stick with the work for the long haul, I do find that it is useful. As I mentioned in #1, the biggest form of extrinsic motivation is the steady paycheck. Even when I find my motivation flagging, I remind myself that I’m getting paid and receiving other random benefits, so I suck it up and do my work. It never fails, because I know if I don’t do my work, I will probably lose my job!
10. Other Perks
Finally, I am appreciative for the other perks of working a full time job for an employer that don’t quite rise to the level of employment benefits. For instance, my employer pays for my state bar dues, offsetting the cost of practicing law. My parking at my office building is also paid and I often enjoy the water and coffee at the office. Not only that, but occasionally I get a free lunch or sweet treat to celebrate someone’s birthday. Small perks like these are a nice little benefit of my 9-5 and I appreciate them. If I were on my own, I would bear these costs myself.
Of course this list is pretty generic and definitely does not apply to every 9-5 job. I do believe at least a few of these things would apply to most full time positions.So tell me, what do you think is the best part about a regular 9-5 job?