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Would you allow yourself to be placed in a position where you were always inside alone connected to the world by computers and a big radio? The potential to make more money is there, but requires some union involvement. Something I always avoid because the union I'm required to belong to sucks. It also means I can work from home some because geographical location is irrelevant. (This could be axed at any moment) I could live in New Zealand as long as I have internet. I'm indifferent to this position. 

Option two is to do what I'm doing and support the other position when I'm needed to help the people doing that job. I will make more money doing that, but not as much. I will however get out and about and do something different every day. I may have to force the issue to get this done, but I like it better.  

The difference in pay could be between 5k and 15k between the two. I'm in a position of knowing how to do something very few people know how to do and I've been given a long leash because of it. It's kinda come back to bite me.

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9 minutes ago, alleycat72 said:

Would you allow yourself to be placed in a position where you were always inside alone connected to the world by computers and a big radio? The potential to make more money is there, but requires some union involvement. Something I always avoid because the union I'm required to belong to sucks. It also means I can work from home some because geographical location is irrelevant. (This could be axed at any moment) I could live in New Zealand as long as I have internet. I'm indifferent to this position. 

Option two is to do what I'm doing and support the other position when I'm needed to help the people doing that job. I will make more money doing that, but not as much. I will however get out and about and do something different every day. I may have to force the issue to get this done, but I like it better.  

The difference in pay could be between 5k and 15k between the two. I'm in a position of knowing how to do something very few people know how to do and I've been given a long leash because of it. It's kinda come back to bite me.

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Depends on what you tolerate better. If 85% of the world's population hate their job then you might as well get paid better to do it. $15k can sure make a difference in your life if you don't go out and just run up more debt.

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I agree with E4 No More.  Consider what it would mean if you put an additional $7k per year into your retirement investments.  If you're in your 20s or 30s, that could make a big difference by the time you retire.

 

Also, consider that working from home is itself like a raise, since it renders unnecessary many other expenses you would otherwise have to pay (gas, wear and tear on your car, dry cleaning bill, eating out, etc.).  

 

Finally, remember that working from home requires a place in your home to do the work (i.e., can you give up a room?) but also means you get to spend coffee breaks doing stuff like reading to your kids, etc.

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You might also want to figure in the cost of heart problems and depression on top of the cost list. My last stress induced heart attack cost me almost $125,000. I worked 32 years in a high paying, high stress job. I too could have made it just fine on less money with the same company. 

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Money can be a driving force for many people, or climbing the ladder.  Where will the higher paying job lead you in the future?  More responsibility, more $$ ??  More responsibility and $$ usually leads to more stress in your life whether you admit it or not.  The union association can cause stress as well.  If you are happy & content doing what you currently do, I would suggest you stay where you are.  If your employer knows you can do a good job w/o supervision, they will remember that, up to a point.  GL.  

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1 minute ago, derf said:

You might also want to figure in the cost of heart problems and depression on top of the cost list. My last stress induced heart attack cost me almost $125,000. I worked 32 years in a high paying, high stress job. I too could have made it just fine on less money with the same company. 

Well, I have no way around the stress. We average 3 years after retirement. One of the highest divorce rates in the country. Very high alcoholism rates. I've watched multiple guys self destruct at work and can't come back. They do throw money at you. It's not for everyone. I really should write a book, but no one would believe it.

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It all depends on your situation. There is definitely a time in a man's life where it behooves him to maximize his income. There also comes a time in a man's life to back off the treadmill. 

Only you know where you are. I will add....I never quit a job that I regretted walking away from. And I've taken a few that benefited me financially that I decided to leave.

Do what's best for you.

Good luck.

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1 minute ago, Raoul said:

It all depends on your situation. There is definitely a time in a man's life where it behooves him to maximize his income. There also comes a time in a man's life to back off the treadmill. 

Only you know where you are. I will add....I never quit a job that I regretted walking away from. And I've taken a few that benefited me financially that I decided to leave.

Do what's best for you.

Good luck.

This is all within the same company.  The retirement is fantastic and worth more than the pay. Even after my death, my Wife will be well taken care of. Nongovernmental job, so no tax dollars. 

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Proverbs 23:4-5
4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. 
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
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You have my curiosity going. What exactly is it that you do that very few people know how to do? You may have to answer that in terms that a farmer/cop/truck driver can understand of course. 

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56 minutes ago, Randall53 said:

The words “work from home” conjures up images of head turbans, sand and Nigerian scammers in my mind. 

I've been working from home for the past year, it's more like going to work in pajamas, waking up 10 minutes before I clock in, and sitting on the couch with a lap top.  I'll quit if we go back to "normal".

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3 hours ago, alleycat72 said:

Well, I have no way around the stress. We average 3 years after retirement. One of the highest divorce rates in the country. Very high alcoholism rates. I've watched multiple guys self destruct at work and can't come back. They do throw money at you. It's not for everyone. I really should write a book, but no one would believe it.

That actually does not sound all that great. 
 

Air traffic control?

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Third option. From someone who’s been somewhere pretty close to where you sit - figure out a path to transition to something outside of the company while you still have options.

It’s not worth the toll it takes on your soul. 

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In addition to the points that have been made about the importance of happiness (assuming necessities are met), consider where you want to be in 5 years and 10 years.  What do you want to be doing then (anything.... not what you think the current job will turn into by then).  Then map back what steps you need to take to get there.  Inertia is hard to overcome but sometimes it is (and sometimes isn't) the right thing to do. 

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2 hours ago, 10-Ring said:

I've been working from home for the past year, it's more like going to work in pajamas, waking up 10 minutes before I clock in, and sitting on the couch with a lap top.  I'll quit if we go back to "normal".

I mean I at least set up a desk in the dining room haha.

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4 hours ago, Snaveba said:

That actually does not sound all that great. 
 

Air traffic control?

Close. It's an upgrade to a semi automated system that requires less human interaction. It does require one specific job that I'm qualified for. If there is an incident, it will get the same news coverage as an airplane crash.

We also have a habit of fast cars, fast bikes, and loose woman. Depending on the job you're in, you could be living in two different places a few hundred miles away from each other. Guys do crazy things. My drugs of choice are guns and fast cars. 

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Most likely I'd be working a shift at the location and have a terminal at home for trouble shooting during off hours. Each interaction after hours would generate a set amount of overtime unless it takes more than that amount of time to fix. If it takes longer than that, people will be on airplanes flying in to "help". There would be 4 people working the same job so we have 24/360 coverage, but they would end up calling me on anything big that the small stuff. 

At the moment, there are two of us that do my job within 480 miles. I was handed an asset 3 days ago. Something I'd never seen or worked with before. The job was to figure out how it worked, redesign it for a different application, and send the specs of to the manufacturer so they could make them for us. I'd miss that kind of stuff. 

The job title and pay scale are the same, but it's not the same job. It may be fantastic. It's just the unknown and being lock into a position.

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16 hours ago, Randall53 said:

The words “work from home” conjures up images of head turbans, sand and Nigerian scammers in my mind. 

My wife works from home and hates it. She enjoys being around people. I would enjoy working from home, but it would be difficult to build a bridge in my living room.

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