What is "A good Job"?

By Oliver Sylvester-Bradley on 22 Dec 2014 - 16:56

At Elevator we believe that if more people had good jobs, focused on making the world a better place, then the world would actually be a better place to live!

But what exactly is "A good job"? We only promote jobs with social enterprises, charities and purpose driven companies that make a positive impact in the world because, the truth is, there are some serious problems in the world today that demand our collective attention. As the Lorax said:

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.

Good old Dr Seuss, he was on a similar track to Eldridge Cleaver, who said:

There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.

Which highlights the duality of the issue: Is it OK to work on a project, or for a company that you know is contributing to the problems of the world? Can we only consider jobs which contribute to delivering positive solutions to be "good jobs" these days? Where exactly should we draw the line?

What exactly is a good job?

It's a hard concept to pin down and we're wise enough to realise it's probably not something we should be attempting to define on our own.

So we asked a selection of the UK's leading ethical organisations, who work day-in and day-out to make the world a better place, what they think "a good job is..." and their answers are what you need to find to enter our New Year competition, that will run throughout January 2015.

All you have to do is follow the clues and find their answers, before providing your own definition. Your answer will be ranked by other entrants on the competition leader-boards and the top answers will win some superb FREE prizes.

What are you waiting for? Jump in and help us work out what "A good job is…"