Do you hate your job? Does waking up every morning for work fill you with dread? According to a recent Gallup Poll on the state of the American workplace, 70 percent of workers surveyed described themselves as “disengaged” from their work. Of that 70 percent, 18 percent described themselves as “actively disengaged” and said they frequently express their discontent in the workplace. The remaining 52 percent of workers showed up daily and did their work, but were less than thrilled about it. There are plenty of reason out there as to why people hate their jobs. Poor relationships with co-workers, feeling under-utilized, under-compensated, or unappreciated are just a few of the causes of utterly hating ones job. Given the fact that so many people hate their jobs, why doesn’t anyone bother to do something about it? According to career consultant Maggie Mistal, “People often stay in jobs they don’t like because they don’t realize what else they can do. They haven’t taken the time to identify what makes them happy or where their talents lie. They haven’t clarified their values and thought about how they’d like to use their abilities to make a difference and align their work with their purpose. Too often people assume work is supposed to be a chore so they don’t even look for anything other than that when embarking on a career.” So how do we take Maggie’s advice and put it into action? It’s not as hard as you might think. Here are 10 things you can do if you hate your job:
Don’t quit immediately
Quitting is usually the first thing on your minds when you hate your job. If your job provides decent compensation and isn’t completely unbearable, then you should stay put until you’ve properly analyzed the situation at hand. Its important to understand what it is about your job that is making you unhappy and to determine whether or not anything can be done to improve the situation. Although you might be unhappy, leaving your job is not always the best solution.
Ask yourself why you hate your current job. Is it the people you work with? The tasks you’re asked to complete? A dislike of the company itself? Have you always felt this way about this job or are your feelings new? Make a list of pros and cons of your job and a list of what you may want to look for in a new job should it come to that. Based on your findings, it will be easier for you to determine if you can somehow change your situation or if it is in fact time to move on to something new.
What are you really unhappy with? Yourself or your job?
Use your self-assessment to determine whether the things you’re unhappy with have to do with you or the job. If its the job that is causing problems, you should consider moving on to a new one. If you’re unhappy in your job because you’re unhappy in life, then your problems will just follow you to any new job opportunity you take.
Many times, things we hate about our jobs can be improved in some way if only we made it known to the right people that we’re unhappy. Tell your boss if you’re not happy about your schedule, workload, compensation, etc. It may be easier than you think to improve the situation.
Change your attitude
Don’t decide to hate your job because of one bad experience you may have had. Try to let it go and move on. Focus on the aspects of your job that you enjoy and try to keep a positive attitude. If you can’t seem to find an aspect of your job that you enjoy, then its probably time to look for a new job.
Always do your job well, even if you plan to quit. This way you’ll leave on a good note and be able to obtain good recommendations for future employment. On the flip side, if you decide to stay at your job you won’t be embarrassed by the lack luster performance you displayed while you were unhappy with your job.
Set your career goals
Where do you want to be in your career in five years? Will your current job help you reach your goal? If not, maybe its time for you to seek out other opportunities.
Look for other opportunities in your organization that you’d enjoy
Join a committee, project or initiative in you company that interests you. See out a mentor that you can learn from or someone whom you can mentor. Engaging in things that you have an interest in can make your workplace experience more enjoyable.
Just because you’re miserable doesn’t give you the right to make the people you work with miserable. It’s definitely hard, but try not to complain or gossip with co-workers or clients. It’s OK to discuss with colleagues your discontent to a certain degree, but be careful not to cross the line.
Change your job without changing companies
It may not be your company that you dislike, but rather the role you play within it. Consider changing jobs within your organization. This will not only make you happier, but a more valuable asset to your company as well. Hopefully you’ve found these tips to be helpful and are well on your way to being happier in the workplace.
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