♻️ Good Job / Bad Job
This article was originally posted on Medium, here.
I was recently asked to describe my dream job. To my surprise, I realized my answer doesn’t involve a particular technology or industry. Instead, I found myself emphasizing the aspects of work that I enjoy. I expect these priorities will change over time, but this exercise was useful for me to understand what I value in a career today.
A good job is challenging. A good job requires a multi-disciplinary skill set and encourages collaborative behavior. A bad job is repetitive, narrowly focused, and discourages sharing information.
A good job allows for open communication and promotes concise and clear writing at all levels. A bad job involves posturing, pointless meetings, and bureaucracy.
A good job rewards those who develop solutions to problems that are not found in the back of the textbook. A bad job rewards those who are most effective at publicizing their results, regardless of actual impact.
A good job has a broad, clear vision that is applicable to the job description and daily work. A bad job is not well defined and often contradicts with the vision (if it exists at all).
A good job provides competitive compensation, but more importantly provides the ability to invest in oneself through continued learning. A bad job focuses on “perks” or uses salary as the single bargaining chip to gain talent.
A good job encourages the freedom to pursue self-interests that are directionally aligned with the job. A bad job prioritizes immediate needs versus long term productivity gain.
A good job promotes an inclusive team environment regardless of race, religion, gender, or political orientation. A bad job screens candidates based on self-imposed criteria and referrals from someone whom you owe a favor.
A good job provides mentorship at each career stage, and understands that the skillsets needed to manage are not the same needed to be in the trenches. A bad job categorizes people as “rockstars” or “duds” and does not consider how a rockstar may become a dud without appropriate training.
A good job is something you talk about after you leave your desk. A bad job is also something you talk about after you leave your desk, but with more colorful language.
A good job understands work life balance, but does not need to emphasize the point because of the shared vision. A bad job does not consider work life balance, and employees roll their eyes when you suggest taking PTO.
A good job encourages you to bring your family and significant other to the office. A bad job does not consider your family or significant other.
A good job can become a bad job without continued consideration.
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