“If you won the lottery today, would you go to work tomorrow?” The question — posed by a former supervisor — prompted an interesting discussion. It seems opinions vary greatly amongst our group of former co-workers (who were individually canned over the past two years by an inept new manager, but I digress).
As we gathered for our monthly social and bitch-fest, and while waiting for a table to open up that could accommodate our large group, Lizzie posed the question as a means to “jump right in” to the evening’s festivities.
Later, another co-worker put a spin on it, asking if any of us won the lottery today, would we go back to a low wage job tomorrow? And then the caveats started flowing! Jobs with awful bosses, awkward hours. Posts that required lengthy travel or time away from our friends and families. Would you work for free — not an internship, but actually putting in the same hours and having to accomplish the same duties, but not getting paid?
Cash is King… Usually
The thing is, even if you love your job (like the people in our group did and those of us who have found new employment have been able to enjoy again), it really comes down to the money, benefits, and maybe a few “perks.”
Money for obvious reasons, but I worked in a past job with a fellow who was not necessarily raking it in, but kept the job primarily because of the health benefits he was able to tap into, to help pay for his wife’s cancer treatment. Other co-workers who are parents of small or school-aged children have sought out employment that offers flexible hours and/or ample vacation time.
What Would You Do?
It’s always difficult to determine exactly what you would do in any given situation, unless you are actually in the situation, but I’d like to think that I would remain in my current position even if circumstances were generously tipped in my favor.
I am fortunate to be able to say that I do enjoy the job and the people. So, yes, I feel like I would still go to work even if won the lottery. But — as I told the group — I would just make a few… adjustments.
Like rolling in around 10a.m., taking a two hour lunch, and calling it a day by about 3:30! I’d also take every Friday off, and maybe even Wednesday. Now I’m just dreaming!
The point is, I don’t think anyone can honestly say they’d keep things exactly the same if they won the lottery or had some other life-changing event, positive or negative. It just doesn’t make any sense.
by Danka Leebon
Residential Life Magazine