Today, many young professionals are choosing a positive work environment over higher incomes in spite of the current tough economy. My son's favorite faculty member at school was once a stockbroker, now he is the school librarian. Why? Because the money was inconsequential to him because he was so stressed at his prior job. It wasn't good for his physical and mental health. These are two things that money can't buy.
The value of a positive work environment should not be underestimated by either the employee or the company. The employee may well find that they are both happier and more productive in a good company culture that emphasizes positive challenges and collaboration. This will allow them to achieve higher levels of performance and may lead to both pay increase and promotions. The company gains by having employees with higher levels of engagement that leads to greater corporate performance and higher profits.For the record, the CareerBliss Happiest Cities index puts three California cities at the top of its list: Los Angeles, San Jose and Sunnyvale, in that order. (Perhaps it's a sunny, warm climate that gets young professionals motivated? Boston and Indianapolis are the only cold-weather cities to make the top 10.) There's really no doubt about it - if you're not happy at work, fat paycheck or not, you likely won't be happy outside the workplace either.