You spend a third of your life at work; imagine spending that amount of time doing something you hate? We have all heard life is short and yet we don’t always take the necessary steps to making the most of our lives. It would be terrible to look back on our lives knowing that we lost time with our family and friends just to make money from a job we can’t stand. So what are some things to do if you hate your job?
There’s a philosophy that goes, “If you hate your job, quit.” For many people, that is not an option. However, there are other things you can do to help alleviate the pains of hating your job. You may feel that there are no options for your situation, but you’d be surprised at what you can do to take yourself out of this downward spiral.
1. Look Within First
Sometimes, we project our unhappiness on other things, when in actuality, we’re unhappy with ourselves. Whether you’ve been eating unhealthy, haven’t been able to get to the gym in months, or you’ve noticed that you’re just not pleased with yourself for whatever reason, you may initially place blame on your job. While your job may be part of the reason you’re unhappy, sometimes it’s our own personal choices that’s really the issue. It’s been found that the type of food we eat can make us unhappy. Or if you haven’t been keeping up with your goals, you could be feeling dissatisfaction with yourself. Sometimes our we place blame on our jobs because we know we are unhappy while at work, but look within to see if you’re approaching work with blame rather than growth. Don’t quit and end up bringing all your internal issues to the next place, see what you can do differently.
2. Tell Your Boss
Letting your boss know your issues can do a world of good! While not all bosses may care about your emotional status (which would understandably make anyone want to quit), try your chances at telling them how you’re feeling. Don’t take this as an opportunity for a venting sesh, instead approach your boss with constructive areas for growth. Do you want more challenges? A change of pace? Perhaps it’s your schedule, the atmosphere, or something you can’t pin down. Your boss has a lot of experience and will be able to guide you to a solution that may not result in quitting. It could also further the discussion for other issues, that perhaps your coworkers are having.
3. Develop A Plan
You may not be in the financial position to be in between jobs. Figure out how you can effectively attain another job while quitting your first job. You may have to cut back on a few nights out to save up or start an aggressive job search. Headhunters and career counselors can assist you with your next move, but you need to be proactive. If you know there will be some time where you won’t be making money, ensure that your current finances can handle a break.
4. Change It Up
Maybe you don’t want to quit but you’re not entirely happy. Remember, it’s the small things that count! Try adding a few things like this:
- Adding a few new pieces to your work wardrobe
- Talking to more people in the workplace
- Getting new work supplies (Have you seen Kate Spade’s office supplies? YES!)
- Wearing a new perfume
- Adding live flowers (or fake ones if you can’t have live ones!)
- Send out notes of appreciation, happy birthday cards, or bring cupcakes in for your colleagues– giving can do wonders for the soul!
You’re in a tough position right now, but we know you’ll make the most of it!
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