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    Default Please remind me that it's not all about money!

    I'm in real estate as a rental property receptionist and I've been at my new job 2.5 months now and it's going really really great. I love my colleagues and have mastered the job (I do admin for all 5 property managers).

    I got a call the other day from a recruitment agency about a job I went for when I got this one. At that time I went for two interviews, didn't hear about a second interview for the other one and got offered this one so I accepted as I got a really good vibe from the company (and my gut feeling was right as it is great to work here).

    Anyway the other company hired someone else but it didn't work out. She was apparently too slow at her work so they let her go within the probation period.

    The only sucky thing about all this is that the job at the other company was about $15k p.a. more than what I'm getting now However, that company seems to have a high staff turnover and I got a slightly bad vibe at the interview.

    Please reassure me that I'm better off being happy at my job than having more money!! I'm not going to leave my job, although once I get my tax done and DP gets his done I will see if my daycare fees are going up and I'm just hoping I can still actually afford to work (not sure if I'll get any FTB etc). I've got a salary review once I hit 6 months here so I'll see how negotiable they are. I was made redundant from my last job as a PA and have taken a slight pay cut to work here.

    Not much point to all this...I guess I just want someone to reassure me that happiness at work means more than just the money

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    I can tell you absolutely, unequivocally that working in a happy environment and being happy at your job is worth much much more than $15k p.a. Promise.

    When I went for the job I have now, I got 5 job offers. All different salaries. I went with the company I felt the best about and the people I liked the most. No regrets.

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    Stay! You never know where it could lead.

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    I agree with previous posters! Stay where you are!
    High turnover is not great and if you love where you are and the team you're in, stay.
    Your additional $15K might come from where you are eventually or promotions

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    Trust your gut about the other job. High staff turnover is not a good sign.

    The lady who got the job was let go because she was 'too slow at her work'? Perhaps the poor woman's workload was ridiculous and that's why she couldn't keep up?

    Whilst the extra money looks attractive on paper, you can't put a price on happiness! Being happy at work is so important

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    I'd stay if I was happy. It does give you an opportunity to discuss the possibility of a pay rise with your managers though.

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    The grass is certainly not always greener, satisfaction at work is much more important than money. Stay where you are, you never know you may be able to negotiate a pay rise down the track too! x

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    It is definitely worth a lot more to be happy with your job lucky you!

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    Agree with PP, follow your gut instinct OP.

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    Stay! Unless that extra money is going to make a very significant difference to your life, you're better off staying where you are if it makes you happy. Maybe at your 6 month review you can discuss possible progression or taking on more responsibilities (if there's room for it in your day) in exchange for more pay.

    The risk in changing jobs is that the new place could be horrible and you bed up with no job at all! That's what would worry me based on what you've said.

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