What may seem like a dream job for others might be a nightmare for you. Countries such as Singapore, Japan and Malaysia practise long working hours, which is not necessarily a cause for celebration. Research by the Ministry of Manpower has shown that Singaporeans have been clocking an average of 45 working hours or more per week. Another survey suggests that Malaysians, on the other hand, work extra 15 hours every week on average. Do longer working hours equal to better career progression? Here are some of the reasons as to why 9-5 jobs or traditional employment may not be for everyone.
A traditional routine job isn’t necessarily a good thing and you might be better off being on your own—here’s why.
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When you work, of course, you will be working for the money. Not to say that a routine job doesn’t pay well but if you work on your own, the only limit as to how much money you make depends solely on you. When you have a career in business or insurance, you reap what you sow.
So unlike a routine job where you work for a fixed amount, you can set your own goals as you wish. Typically, for a routine job or the 9-5, no matter how many extra hours or effort you put into your work, you will still get paid the fixed amount.
Fixed working hours
Although a 9-5 job promises job stability and security, it does not provide the employees with much flexibility. Of course, for some, it may be more convenient and even comfortable given the guidelines are properly laid out for them. Therefore, it still comes down to the type of person you are—whether you prefer freedom or structure.
When you work on your own, you get to decide at what time you will be starting your work and when do you stop. You also get to plan your schedule to fit your needs and follow your comfort and goals.
Constantly being managed
A routine job can also cause unnecessary stress toward the employees. One classic example is the “need” to be the first one in the office and the last one out so as to leave a good impression on the boss. Not to mention, you also need to have your boss’s permission to take a day off, meanwhile, working on your own gives you the option to decide.
Additionally, employees have shown a higher engagement and retention rate with a flexible schedule. Although there is a break time for a routine job, it might not be enough for employees to take a breather from all the workload. When you work on your own, you have the liberty to take a long walk or a nap anytime you wish to clear your head and recharge your body and mind.
Lack of options
Working in a company requires you to foster a sense of culture. Although this is good for team-building, it might affect your individuality in your work. Conversely, working on your own allows you to explore and learn many different things; how you do your work and how you decide your priorities all depend on you. This means that you can have more options as to how you want to solve your problems as long as you are willing to take the risk and put in the effort.
Follow your own pace
When you work on your own, you become your own boss. Rather than forcing yourself to work from 9 to 5, you can schedule your time as per your liking. Choose a pace you enjoy and go for it.
The good news is, there is a middle ground to this. If you are the type of person that enjoys a sense of community and structure without compromising freedom, a career in insurance might just be the one for you.
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