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I Am Confused - Job Satisfaction Or Renumeration?

Hi good people, i need constructive suggestions pls, i am married with a son, wifey is a student in 3rd yr. I worked as a tv presenter and later moved on to radio as a presenter/producer/DJ, i did this for 4years of my life and loved every minute of it. Later moved to banking where i stayed for 3yrs but now i am an asst mgr in an IT firm, i take care care of their branding issues. My problem now is that cos of skool i stay far from my young family, i am in Lagos and the are in Enugu, secondly i hate Lagos cos i awake 4:30am everyday and leave my house 5:30am to avoid traffic. I earn close to 250k a month with other incentives but yet i am not satisfied with the job, Lagos, the traffic (the fact that i have to struggle driving to & fro work against heavy traffic) and most especially not being close to my family. I just got an appointment to move back to radio in the east, 1hr drive away from my family for a salary of 90k a month, a flat, health insurance and 6months salary review. What should i do? i love media, its my life but taking a paycut of 150k for job satisfaction is scary? i need your honest contributions, u could be saving a life, waiting for your answers, one love!

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CHURCH DON CLOSE, OYA MAKE WE GO HOUSE.

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by now am sure the poster knows what to do from the barrage of advice. he only needs to select the one that is closest to what he wants to do. o pari!

Part 2 please!

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bros, i believe you should go back to the east, be with your family and cut your coat to your size. that is irony of life ,c now you earn 250k /mth and no peace and joy but 90k/mth will give you peace and joy with your family. money is something you must have in life but it is not everything.enjoy your wife now that she still young, remember jobs and money willl be for ever till generations to come but lives cant be for ever.

wish you the best.

Shallom!!!

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Guy,

Let me tell you a few simple things.

I love you, I love na money kill am o. Ur wife is just missing you and you should rise above that.

You need cash and a pay cut is madness and especially at such margin. look before you leap.

Keep applying for jobs and one day  you will get a good job near home. If you can bring ur family to lagos, do so and you will do

better.cheers

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Thanks my people, it came when i did not expect it, i feel like its happening in the movies!!! Jehovah knows when i have had it to the brim and he usually responds in a way words cannot explain, my prayer for you is that he answers u all your needs too! THANKS MATES.

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Thank God, He will surely open a way for His children, Amen.

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I thought it will be nice to let you all know that i have finally secured a job in the East, precisely Owerri. Nice offer slightly higher than what i get here in Lagos with a good welfare package, a car, a house, a black berry + kids fees being taken care of. Thanks to everyone that stood by me in my time of confusion, i can finally catch up with my family every wkend with just a few hours drive, Praise JEHOVAH for me peeps!!!

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@poster-- Try arrange ur self guy. "Man must wack!" Someone said; "A man must live where his meat is earned"

Simple english= live where u earn ur money!

With ur income, u shud try to get an apartment on any of the lekki axis or environs. Behind d place up, plan to bring ur family over. But since u dont love ur job, i no com sabi dat area.

As for me, earn money first, follow my passion later/ do it part-time

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@ Cecegorz thanks for your contribution, i said i live in Surulere, maybe you did not hear that before! Going to work aint much of the problem, you have to wake up early & have ya bath etc, the main wahala is coming back, I work in Lekki, the traffic from Lekki alone to VI no be joke, ask anyone that works in Lekki!

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U know what they say about a bird at hand,y don't u try getting some joy from ur 250k job so u don't live 2 regret it,a word is enough 4 d wise

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@poster,

From the sound of your post, it shows you've not really made enough money that can sustain you if you relocate to Enugu. I will advice you to still stay in lagos and and save alot. When you have enough money to start a business in any where peaceful but less attractive like Enugu, you can now go for job satisfaction- radio presenting along side your own business as an alternative source of income. Besides, you still have a young family that means you need a lot of money to always be there at all time financially. Think of these bro, its going to help you.

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na today?

all those radio presenters frequent NL to pick discussion topics lots of the time.

there are more GUESTS here than registered members, way too many.

i have heard several topics discussed here on radio.

NL is da dynamite!

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Hmm that's interesting.

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Was shocked to hear that my case was discussed on a radio station in PH (Wazobia FM),exactly the way it was typed here (lol), I am sure the presenter is a member of this forum, my cousin just called me to tell me about it, may the person responsible hola here please, i wanna know the opinion people offered, this is getting interesting. Thanks to everyone that made a comment here, appreciate y'all.

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Get ya money bro.

ching-ching! ! !

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I must say you are between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Not many people are able to experience the joy of having Job Satisfaction coupled with Good Remuneration.

I suggest you open a separate account and issue a debit advice to your bank to transfer 150K from your salary account which is approximately the difference bw your current and expected future salary. Try to survive on 100K a month for at least three months. This will give you an idea of what to expect on a salary of 90K monthly.

You will kill two or more birds with one stone: You will make some savings and also have an idea of what to expect on the subsidized salary.

Like I said earlier you are between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Staying together with your family is very important but also is being able to take care of your family.

Pray for wisdom.

Also discuss with your wife. Both of you are supposed to be a team, right ?

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Honestly i must say this a tight corner. but we have to face the realities in the environment we find ourselves in. presently u are the bread winner of your family and will continue to be for some years ahead until your student wife becomes economically empowered, a husband and a father of a young toddler and both need your presence and attention. i understand your kind of person that dislikes stress but u have to hold on more because is part of the sacrifice for the marriage. 1) think of relocating your wife to Lagos (prospect of getting a job for her is higher ) when she is done with schooling. 2) start searching for another job in a media house in Lag and possibly getting accommodation close to your work place. 3) you should also see if you can find a job in Abuja and relocate (the town is less stressfull than Lagos and good prospects too). but in all work towards being together with your family is very important whether the marriage is old or young. In Nigeria for now, Job satisfaction is still a Luxury. 90k cannot do much for you and your family, you should be aiming higher than 250k by being at the right place at the right time and developing yourself. my opinion shaa

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my brother,it will be foolish of u to leave ur present job and go settle down with 90k per month and be a local champion.dont u think with time,ur salary frm 250k can still be reviewed upwards and you can have a better savings,bring ur family down to lagos,get a good school and better education for ur children.also,ur wife after school can come down to lagos,serve,and start working.forget it,u dont want to hear what some graduates are getting and still maintain themselves,live well here in ;lagos .imagine a graduate managing her family with 100k per month.besides,save some money and invest so dt u can be makin some additional money on daily basis.grow up guy,be an internatinal champion than a local chamion.use ur head.

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If I were you, I'll stick to my current job, ask wife to relocate to Lagos after completing her course, and within Lagos relocate to somewhere more closer either to workplace or access routes to workplace, cutting off a sizeable/considerable amount of time spent in the traffic. Above all, put your wife into the whole picture: let her be a part and parcel of the entire decision.

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@chaircover,

u made a valid point sha afterall money answereth all things.

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My candid advice and opinion on this pole is that vivdly put your family interest first in all you do cos whatever decision that is made now would later come back on your family. afterall ove 14 million people live in lagos and yet they survive. Consider yourself lucky to be on a payroll of 250k, with flat over your head and a car to navigate your way in. Have ever considered those who do not have all these you have and yet they are living happily.

Bless God your wify is almost finishing her schooling, in less than a year she is going to be through, if she could endure all the years she should not complain of less than a year when she is through and deport to Lagos to join you.

Lastly, if loving what you do is paramount in your life, there over 20 radio and TV stations in Lagos who would pay more than the meager 90K Enugu is offering you, so why the muss. Put up your applicatiion in any of othese stations and see if you would not be considered even with your 7 years experience in the industry.

So pe tie

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Its neither here nor there,go for money now,make some sacrifices in family,God willing,u succeed.

Go for job satisfaction now,u cut down on expenses but u be at peace with urself,ur job and ur life.

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I hope u find this real life experience useful.

In the not too distant past, i left a job i was supposed to love for another one that offered better pay,

better pay on paper!

A month into the job,I realized I made a big mistake in leaving the job for the one that offered "better" pay.

4months into the job,I left even when i have nt gotten another job simply becos my mind and my life was not in the job and it did nt give me any joy whatsoever.

I learned the hard way.

Go for what gives u satisfation.

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Remain on your 250k job, and u'r surpose to be complainn about your family and not the traffic . . . what is traffic?

some people earn more lesser salaries than u and stil face the same complaints u'r complainin but they'r still ok with it.

stay there for more 1yr and then u can think of quitin the job if u wanna, but to me, i'll lyke u to stay there permanent.

bring your family down 2 lagos so u won't miss them. look 4 sometin 4 your wyfe to start doin so she can earn her own moni also

then as tyme goes by, if u check to urself that u'v gotten enough 'chedah' (money) u can quit the job if u'r tyred of it

and then start whatever job that suits your feelin. And i see no reason why u have to seek for an advice for that sef, . .

just b'cos of traffic u wanna start loosing 150k every month? . . . almost 2million naira every yr? . . u well at-all?

Guy e be lyke say u don hammer enough chedah (money) sef com dey look 4 advice on how u go take spend am, b'cos

NA PERSON WEY GET ENOUGH DEY MAKE CHOICE! . . . U NEED TO BE WISE MAN!

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There is different between Job and Work.

Job is what you are paid to do while work is what you love doing without salary you can still do it. Work is what you do that satisfy you, what makes you happy.

pls take your time and decide what you want then go for it

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Bless you dbbest, I've not resigned yet, still thinking and praying. I have also told the media house to try and up the offer to 120k, even if there will be a raise later, i need to start well. A lot of people wouldn't know but media houses don't pay much, including Cool and Cosmo some guys mentioned here, they presenters make up with side shows, voice-overs etc. What matters most in media is your ability to command a presence and make sense while on-air. Radio is a lovely job as long as you know your "P" but right now i am not just thinking about me but also a lot of people that i assist but i rather not live my life alone for peeps cos if anything happens they will definitely find their rhythms elsewhere! I AM THINKING DEEPLY, LETS SEE HOW EVERYTHING PLAYS OUT!

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@ Poster, I am just reading through your post and I hope you have not yet taken the decision of resigning from your present job. Please don’t! 250k is almost triple of 90k. Besides, your wife will soon be through with her studies then she can relocate to Lagos with your kid. I understand your passion for career in radio presentation and all that but you can also get that kind of job with a pay that is reasonable within the range of your current pay. You see, it is easier to adjust upward than to do same downward. Talking about traffic in Lagos, it affects everybody. I don’t know where u stay currently in Lagos but with a pay of 250k/month, u can be able to afford nice accommodation in places like ebute metta, sabo , yaba n co. that are not too far from the island. Whatever the case, just think about it and not throw away 250/month for 90/month. You never know the kind of challenges that awaits you at the so called 90k/ month job. With 250k/month you can be able to make reasonable savings that can assist you in considering option of raising enough funds and start your own business in the nearest future. Just ponder about it and may the Lord bless you,

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You are not enjoyn the 250k job? Free accomodation for the 90k job in Enugu? And all ur people are supportn the decision to move; And Lagos hassles is giving you BP- My Guy your equation don balance! Time to make a decision.

Strong Point: If you are truly getting free accomodation in Enugu, there won't be any much of a difference between the 250k job in Lag and the 90k job in Enugu. Why? I must presume that accomodation, fuel, feeding et al consume maybe like 2/3rd of ur pay. I don't know how much you are able to save but that 2/3rd will be the equivalent of 1/5 when u get to Enugu. Plus, you get to be with your family: EXTREMELY IMPORTANT

Pray! But I believe the answer to your prayers is getting clearer,

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The BP is there already, if the family has a history of BP, their is nothing he can do about it which is most likely the case. So moving back to Enugu will not cure his BP. He can only manage it and that can do in both places.

Stick to your Job.

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The man is complaining of BP and yet, some are encouraging him to stick with the job in Lagos. Afroprince, which one is more important, your health or making more money. You are in a difficult situation, but God will see you through. After six months, you might get a raise from 90k.

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money money one hav 2 b careful wit money.go 4 d one u fil u hav rest of mind.

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Guy in any job u can't be satisfied but what I think is thatv u should follow your talent and dreams before it gets too late otherwise u will end up leavibg sooner or later.

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Ok, thanks knotty and everyother Nairalander that has contributed to my thread, heard ya. Just spoke to my wife some minutes back, told her the realities the paycut will present and she said she is ready for it and its challenges as long as i am happy with it, that she only wants me to be happy. Asked my mum and sisters as well and they are supporting the media move. Now i dont know if its cos of my recent health complains or that the really want me to do media. If only i can hear God, If only i can see tomorrow! Please God, help me make this decision, i must confess it aint easy for me! Prayer warriors on nairaland pls do help out on this issue, i am still very confused but i know my heart wants media but my wish is the IT pay. One poster wanted to know if i stay far from my office, i actually stay in Surulere but work in Lekki, trust me the traffic alone coming down from Lekki to VI is killing talk of S/lere especially that Ozumba Mbadiwe road, it took me almost 4hrs to make it home today.

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My friend;

If You work For A Living; While kill Yourself working.

i hate Lagos for same reasons as you, the stress is too much. Thats why i love PH.

We work to live, not live to work.

May God help you.

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which of the jobs is going to make you independent in the not too distant future?

you are not going to build a radio/TV station so soon at this rate? i doubt.

as a brand manager, you are likely to learn the ropes and dare to start on your own tomorrow.

given these scenarios, as an entrepreneur,  my candid opinion is WAIT, DAMN THE LOSS, LEARN, BE THE BEST BRAND MANAGER AND START YOUR OWN BIZ tomorrow.

but then again, i have to be mindful of your rising BP. it is no joking or trivial matter.

Media practice will not chase it away, neither will IT Branding. what will chase it away is a work place of independence and  rest of mind. paid employment, in infinuum, will not help too. think of doing something for yourself tomorrow.

that pay, that bigger salary, those side cuts which are aplenty in Lagos can be used to gain the much needed independence tomorrow, mark my word.

When pepper rest tomorrow, your family will say: THANK YOU DADDY FOR MAKING THE SACRIFICE FOR US YESTERDAY.

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I will not decieve you, renumeration shld be your main focus now. It doesnt seem that you dislike your job so much as you dislike having to inconvenience yourself in a city you dont like and having to live so far away from family.

For me i would give anything to either move to a large city or stay where i've lived for the last 4 yrs of my life - settled friends, low cost of living, stable job (with low pay though for starters) . . . but i got another job in a tiny city (at least 90% smaller population wise than i'm used to) but the pay is very very good and the job sounds exciting.

Like someone said, you're young . . . this is your time to work hard and save, save, save for the rainy day. A N150k pay cut is no chicken change.

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Someone made a very good point (the second post) and that is reality. Sincerely 75 - 80% of people in Nigeria do not have job satisfaction. They only work for the money because it has become imperative. You gat to pay ur bills and you relatives keep breating heavily down ur neck.

My dear I agree with you on the peace you experience outside Lagos but sincerely the opportunities are in Lag. Your wife will surely graduate and she will need a job. You have to allow her catch into the windows of opportunities in Lagos.

I strongly advise you endure in Lagos and make more money. Men 90k looks so large but it is nothing especially with a family man. After you must have settled well with your family in Lagos (especially when ur wife secures a job), you can start exploring your area of interest but now chase the cash.

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@ Poster,

You need to do some mathematics to put some variables in perspective. You need to quantify the following:

A. Gains of leaving your present job

i. Proximity to your family

ii. Job satisfaction

iii. Less stress: light traffic, good closing time

iv. Reduced expenses: free medical bill, free accomodation, less car maintenance cost, less fuel consumption (gen and car)

B. Losses arising from quiting your current job for the Enugu job

i. Salary cut (quite easy: 160k)

You will need to put value to all items under A (i - iv) and then do Total  B - Total A. If your answer is positive, then stay in Lagos. If negative, then pack your bag and head for Enugu. This is the quantitative analysis of your situation.

Now here is my qualitative analysis:

i. About 80% of the people in Nigeria do not have job satisfaction (my perspective) and honestly speaking job satisfaction would not put gari on your table. Only money will.

ii. 160k salary reduction is no yams. Is your wife ready to give up all the goodies you send to her and your child just to have you around her? What about families who depend on you - i mean your brothers, sisters, father, mother, friends, relatives etc?  Will they stop asking you for money just because you now have a 90k job? Or do you spend your money alone?

iii. You can still satisfy your passion for media in Lagos. There are so many media houses in Lagos. If you are so good and talented, it won't be long for one of them to find you and offer you a job with a decent pay.

iv. Your wife will soon finish school and can join you in Lagos.

V. Finally, Lagos is where you can nuture your brains to achieve utmost personal and career development more than what Enugu will offer you. the best in media profession are in Lagos and they will challenge you a great deal to continue to strive towards professionalism and perfection. You may end up being a local champion in Enugu.

The choice is still yours to make. I wish you all the best.

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wow! i am overwhelmed by the responses i got here, i really appreciate you all for your responses. I've asked my wife at the first contact by the radio and she confessed she fell in love with me as an entertainer and would not mind me coming back to radio. She also models so she understands my pain, secondly, my BP is getting high lately and thats another food for thought on leaving Lagos. The BP started here in Lagos and i wanna leave it here, lol, but really its been hard for me lately. The amount to be added was not written in the contract that the radio sent me but it was specified that their must be a raise.

Moreover the boss that wants me back worked with me in same radio station in Abuja, he got this new place and wants me back, i dont think he will mess with me on money issues. I am gonna call my wife again 2nite, discuss it some more, point out the paycut and the result it may bring, then i will give y'all a feedback. Thanks for watching my back peeps! Many people are in my shoes, looking for a way to solve this kind of issue, this will definitely help other people, not only me. I will reach my decision soon, i have prayed but have not received an answer yet or is it that i have failed to really listen well?

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go for the money dawg!

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Job satisfaction describes how content an individual  is with his or her job. The happier people are within their job, the more satisfied they are said to be. Job satisfaction is not the same as motivation, although it is clearly linked. Job design aims to enhance job satisfaction and performance, methods include job rotation, job enlargement and job enrichment. Other influences on satisfaction include the management style and culture, employee involvement, empowerment and autonomous work groups. Job satisfaction is a very important attribute which is frequently measured by organizations. The most common way of measurement is the use of rating scales where employees report their reactions to their jobs. Questions relate to rate of pay, work responsibilities, variety of tasks, promotional opportunities the work itself and co-workers.

My brother that is just the theoretical aspect of it,  I remember then my lecturer do advise us to be more of a rational being than addicting to theories that are not in conformity with our environment . You need not to ponder, just keep your present job and who says you cant develop more as an independent media consultants or operator instead of working for someone. That gap is just too much to re consider, your present status (financially)   will be hard to trim and the family you are caring for too might be affected. I wish you luck in all endeavours.

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@OP

dats the current trend in our society for now, most families live apart due to the nature of job, the most important thing is having a mutual agreement with your spouse on how to plan your life's.

money is important no doubt! knowledge is more important, taking a paycut might seem smart in the short run, but can u sustain ur family on dat, staying wit ur current job means u have @ most a yr to endure the distance apart from ur family- so hang in there mate!

if u hate d traffic get a powerbike!

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guy you better bring your family to lagos and settle here. for you to hold up a job now your like a superman. forget about the joy in doing some'in you love for now, when you have enough you can switch.

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For me ,good remuneration makes the job satisfactory as my job is not a hobby that i must enjoy.

period.

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@topic

Job satisfaction is one thing, then the pay is another thing. While I do the job make as much as I can and quit to something more satisfying or should i stick to something I love and make less pay. The decision is your.

Why are you in a Job? Simple!!! to make a living. What will you use to make the living - money of course!, i

Do you want to make money or get satisfied working?? Your choice depend on you.

On the pay of 200K + and 90+. I bet you that someone collecting 90K in Enugu may save more than someone collecting 200K in Lagos. The transport cost in lagos, House rent etc compared to Enugu. It is cheap to live in Enugu. No traffic problem, Good network of road etc.

I can go to Enugu and collect 90K, if I have the same proposal like yours, no kidding!!! t is not how much you earn that matters, it is how much you can save after deductions.

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The gap in the salary is damn too much and staying apart from your family is another area of concentration but come to think of it, can't your family move down to Lagos? well it all depends on the weight of your wifes salary or income over there.

Nevetheless, think well and make the right choice. Good luck

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My guy, 90k in the east = about 200k in Lagos. My sister earns about 75k in the east and I still have to borrow money from her sometimes because my monthly 110k is never enough for me.

My advice, go home and build a family with the 90k. With time you'll grow and very soon you'll be happy you took this decision.

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money money one hav 2 b careful wit money.go 4 d one u fil u hav rest of mind.

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@ poster, when you read the split opinions of everyone (48% to 52 % according to a poster), you would agree that you need to seriously pray about it (am a christian and thats the way I choose to view this issue). major life decisions like this one needs to be addressed properly. many have spoken from their own experiences or experiences of others or what they MIGHT do but that isnt enough. you cannot even see tomorrow.

its complicated cos you need to please above all God, then family and self in varying proportions. You need to sit your wife down and hear her opinions CLEARLY too. If she accepts the new 90k lifestyle + its consequences, you need to know. Career is good and can be godly but it shouldnt come before family (my opinion). Families today are suffering because parents are too busy to be around children. The ages of your children also matter. Children in formative to teenage years need their parents presence a lot.

In short, as long as you have time to pray about it (even if you dont have that much time sef), start now.

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