If you find yourself thinking ‘I hate my job’ on a regular basis, then you need to do something about it!
You spend a lot of time at work, so it is really crazy to stay in something if your heart sinks every Sunday evening at the prospect of going to work the next day. If your misery at work is becoming all consuming, then it is time to take action.
First of all it is important to stand back and work out exactly what it is that is causing you to say ‘I hate my job’.
No job is 100% bad, even though you may have persuaded yourself that this is the case! It is important that you stand back for a moment and unpack what it is that is really bugging you.
Look at your job from different perspectives and assess them individually. Here are a few different ‘angles’ you can take on your job. Look at each one in turn and rate it on a 1-10 scale in terms of your satisfaction.
What about the tasks you have to carry out. Are they too easy, too routine, too challenging? Have you just got too much to do in the time available or too little?
People you work with
Consider the people you work alongside – your colleagues. How do you get on with them? Are they generally OK with one or two exceptions, or do you feel you have nothing in common with any of them?
How supported – or unsupported – do you feel by your immediate managers? Do you feel they are concerned about how you are coping with your job and offering advice and help where needed? Or are they just after their pound of flesh, wanting to get the maximum out of you for the company without considering your needs as a person?
Where your job is located can be a significant issue too. Have you got a long commute to work in a crowded train or queuing endlessly in traffic jams? And what about once you get to work – do you have a pleasant working environment or are you stuck in a soulless open plan office leaving you feeling like an anonymous drone rather than an individual?
If you are in a public facing role, who are your customers and what help are they looking for from you? Do you care about giving them the help they need or are they really just an irritation you would rather you didn’t have?
Pay & Conditions
Does the pay in some ways make up for the negatives of your job or is the pay the main problem? Would earning more make it easier to tolerate the job? Are there other aspects of your conditions that frustrate you, such as limited annual leave and restrictions on when you can take it?
So how did you score?
Did everything get a very low score or were some areas less of a problem? Did you confirm that your thoughts that ‘I hate my job’ are based on genuine issues.
Once you analyse your job in more detail you will get a clearer perspective on what is really the cause of your dissatisfaction. If it is not as universal as you thought then it will help you see your work in a more positive light.
Here are my top 7 tips to help you to survive when you are thinking ‘I hate my job’.
If ‘I hate my job’ is still your overwhelming feeling about your current role, then the longer term solution has to be to move on. Yes, I know that is easier said than done, but it is not impossible.
Do you need to just change to a new job with a new employer but stay in the same field? Then take a look at the sections of this site on Job search, CVs & Resumes and Interviews.
If is it time to do something totally different, then you are in the right place. The whole of this website is dedicated to helping you discover a new career. So use the buttons on the nav bar to work through the exercises on this site. If in doubt, start with taking stock of your career to date.
Bottom line, just staying stuck and moaning ‘I hate my job’ will not help anyone, so take stock and take action to find a better working life.
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