By Bryson Breeze

I remember a certain situation where I was engaged in a set of behaviors due to benefits and compensation being a motivating factor. In my personal experience I declined a job offer when given a chance to return due to another job offering better benefits and compensation. It was last summer when I worked with a civil engineering firm that focused mainly in surveying and design work. I worked fairly hard all summer and for being at the age I was at, I was making pretty good money at $20 dollars an hour. I would also get overtime when I worked over 40 hours which was another benefit. The next summer I then received an offer to return to the company, but I was going to be making the same amount.

I was a little surprised that they did not offer to raise the pay by even a dollar since I was coming back a little more experienced and knowledgeable on what the job entails. I was still thankful to have the opportunity to return, but I maybe told myself that maybe I should explore other options just in case, especially since I am young and could use some money while trying to get through college. I then applied throughout the winter and received many offers for other companies. Some offers were over $20 an hour and others were below, but at the end of the day I found a company that made me excited to have the chance to work with. My new company was focused on electrical work and offered $25 dollars an hour. I then was motivated enough to accept this job.

 I think the benefits of more pay and flexible hours made me decide to join this company because I felt more valued for my work and had the chance to work my way up in the company even quicker. The benefits also motivated me because I was in a position where I needed to make more money since I am trying to pay for college and living as well.