Is Friday the longest day of the week and Sunday the shortest? If you 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. I had a job I thoroughly hated. I stayed because I was getting paid and that was the only reason.
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. I was in love with the work that I was doing because it was in a field that didn’t interest me. And the boss was a micro-manager who was rude to everyone.
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 problems, has poor lighting, has temperatures that 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 or repetitive motions. There is no opportunity for creativity. Many tasks are unpleasant to do or you just don’t like that type of work.
People want to feel engaged and part of the greater good. They wish to make 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 they can talk with leaders who listen and are concerned about their employees. Also, doing they want to do the work they love to do instead of fulfilling someone else’s dream.
If you aren’t happy in your job, 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 actually enjoy doing and look for a job doing it. It will make a difference in how you enjoy the other areas of your life. I left and so can you. Taking careful steps to look while you are working will lead to a much happier life. It did for me. Now I love what I do and enjoy Mondays.
How can I help you in your job search?