Is Friday the longest day of the week and Sunday the shortest? If are one the many Americans who hate their job, you answered yes. Do you know anyone who actually loves their work? I know just a few. Most people I know hate their jobs.
Why do people hate their jobs? Well I can tell it isn’t always about the money because a raise will only make them happy for a short while. Soon they will be back to hating their job.
If you hate your job, you might relate to one or more of the reasons below:
The environment is toxic: the physical space has safety issues, needs a facelift, has technical issues, poor lighting, temperatures are inappropriate for the season, is too small or has noise issues. However, making corrections in this area will not solve the problem.
Relationships are toxic: The relations among leaders and with employees are broken down to the point where no one trusts anyone. Bullies exist in the workplace. Overbearing bosses and impossible deadlines contribute to bad feelings in the office. Financial issues resulting in cutbacks, layoffs, no advancement or raises are other causes. Employees do not feel appreciated; instead they feel like they are cogs in the wheel propelling the company forward.
The work itself: The work may require heavy physical labor, repetitive motions, no opportunity for creativity, it is unpleasant to do, someone else wants you to do it, or you just don’t like that type of work.
People want to feel engaged, part of the greater good, they are making a difference, and enjoy the work they do. Money and perks won’t change these things or create job satisfaction. They want a team atmosphere where communicating with leaders who listen and are concerned about their employees. Also, doing the work they love to do instead of fulfilling someone else’s dream.
If you aren’t happy in your work, it’s time to change it. Life is too short to spend 1/3 of it hating what you do. Start thinking about what you really enjoy doing and look for a job doing it. It will make a difference in how you enjoy the other areas of your life.
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