There’s a parallel running through the baby-boom and millennial generations. It’s driven by a shrinking tolerance for work that lacks meaning and purpose. Patience is wearing thin on workplaces shaped by toxic politics. Unless impact is measurable with some regularity, jobs fail to engage or become sources of burnout. Whether you are thirty or fifty years old, it’s good to get clear about the most basic, non-negotiable criteria for a thriving professional path.
The negotiable items are easy: fair compensation, reasonable benefits, work-life flexibility, collegial civility, and some job stability. Everyone wants these elements. The next level of criteria is unique to each of us. Some require a seat at the table of decision authority. Others demand a healthy, creative, and collaborative environment. Many insist on continuous stimulation and challenge so each day is fresh.
Once you move beyond the celebration of a short commute or the convenience of an onsite fitness center, it’s time to give some consideration to the non-negotiables. You’ll either rediscover the magical fit of your current engagement or your current gig will fund your next job hunt.