I have a love/hate relationship with my 9-5 (well, honestly, it’s 9-6) job. There are definitely several things I like about it, but sometimes, I crave a bit more flexibility and freedom in my day. This is something that’s been on my mind quite a bit in recent weeks as I’ve had to work late hours, deal with stressful deadlines and miss daytime events that meant a lot to me.
Even though my job gets me down sometimes, I am actually quite grateful for it. The legal industry has been brutal in the past few years and I consider myself lucky to have a job, even if it doesn’t pay that much. Since I’m a big believer in practicing gratitude, I thought I would list 10 reasons I have to love a 9-5 job. If you have a full time job I hope you can identify with some of these factors as well.
1. Steady Paycheck
So, the first thing I have to point out is obviously the very best thing about having a steady job. I don’t have to worry about how much money is coming into my account because I know that I will receive a check twice a month for the same amount. This makes it easy to budget and the peace of mind is quite nice as well.
2. Resources Provided by Employer
Another great thing about being someone’s employee is that the resources needed to carry out your job are provided by the employer. For instance, at my job, my employer provides my computer, software and tools to perform legal research, just to name a few examples. Even when it comes to something as basic as office supplies it’s nice to not have to buy them out of my own pocket. That’s one reason why I appreciate being an employee.
My own job does not have great benefits compared to others, but I still appreciate what I do receive. I get a match up to 3% of my salary for retirement contributions as well as paid vacation and sick time. Other benefits could include a variety of types of insurance (medical, dental, vision, short term disability, life), profit sharing, stock options, generous maternity/paternity benefits and more. If I were self-employed, I would be responsible for 100% of these things.
4. Social Interaction
The social interaction provided by coworkers can be a really great benefit of a 9-5 job. Some extroverts may thrive on spending time and working with others. Even introverts, such as myself, can appreciate having coworkers to chat with throughout the day. I really enjoy the people I work with and I would even consider most to be friends.