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Would You Be Unhappy for Money? 
11th-May-2012 10:07 am
StewieLand
Poll #1839681 Money and Happiness

Hypothetical: you are offered a job that pays the equivalent of $50,000 US a year more than your current earnings. The job will require you to work longer hours, work with difficult people (clients and co-workers) and it's pretty much guaranteed that you will hate your job. Do you take the higher paying job?

Definitely
1(1.6%)
Probably
8(12.9%)
I'm not sure
4(6.5%)
Probably not
21(33.9%)
Definitely not
28(45.2%)

In answering the previous question, which of the following if any, were a factor in your decision? (Select as many as apply.)

An extra $50K a year would really help me with financial pressures I'm under
19(10.9%)
Extra money would mean extra happiness in my life away from work
9(5.2%)
I thrive in high-stress enviornments
2(1.1%)
I am happy in my current work environment and would hate to leave it, even for an extra $50K a year
15(8.6%)
I don't like high-stress positions, no matter how much they pay
38(21.8%)
I would be unable to accept the better paying job because I'm required to avoid stress for medical reasons
12(6.9%)
I can tolerate a lot of extra grief for another $50K a year
6(3.4%)
When taking this poll, the song "Price Tag" by Jesse J. was playing in my head
1(0.6%)
Money is unimportant to me
5(2.9%)
Money can't buy happiness
27(15.5%)
Money can buy happiness
3(1.7%)
Civility is an important value to me
23(13.2%)
I don't get ulcers, I give them
0(0.0%)
As much as I would hate taking a job like this, my current financial position would force me into taking it
7(4.0%)
I wouldn't do it for anextra $50K, but there is a price that would make me take the job (tell us how much in a comment).
7(4.0%)
Comments 
11th-May-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Also, that song didn't start running through my head until you mentioned it in the survey, so no ticky box for that!
11th-May-2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, you filled that poll out and commented very fast! I'm impressed!
11th-May-2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
I have to love my job. It's great if a job I love happens to also pay well. But if I have to choose between a bigger paycheck and a job I love, I'll go with the job I love every time.
11th-May-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
You lost me at "work longer hours." :P
15th-May-2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
same.
11th-May-2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'm already unhappy (in general and with my job) so why not get paid more for it?
11th-May-2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
if i owed crazy amounts of money, maybe, but since i don't, hell no. not worth losing my sanity. i'm already getting paid less than to lose my sanity and i've already decided these are my last few months.
12th-May-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
I work 40 hours a week and make just over $20,000 a year with a bachelor's degree. I hate the financial stress, but I love my job! As they say, you become a teacher for the outcome, not the income.
12th-May-2012 05:13 am (UTC)
To me, if I'm going to spend a huge chunk of my time and effort and thoughts working, I need it to matter to me and I need to enjoy it.
12th-May-2012 07:46 am (UTC)
I currently work an average of just over two days a week, at a minimum wage job. As such my income is less than half of what someone working a full-time 40-hour week manages.
I have no significant desire to earn more money. If I did I'd accept more work at my current employer.

Then again, longer hours for me could still very easily be less than a full work week. And that would be a six-fold increase in my annual income.
I get the feeling I should change my answer to the poll.
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14th-May-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
I am medically "retired" (similar to the US long-term disability, I think). I cannot work.
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