It’s an uncommon person who can say that every career move they have made has turned out well. Most people have a story about the boss, or job, they hated. Some are still in those situations, and loathe getting up in the morning to face another day. If it seems like an epidemic, it is – a Gallup poll taken in 2013 found that a whopping 70% of Americans claimed to dislike their jobs and another poll in 2014 found that less than one-third of workers considered themselves “engaged” at work. The epidemic isn’t just US-based; the London School of Business and Finance found that half of UK workers would like to change jobs.
What’s going on? The reactions are a result of a combination of things – a difficult boss, difficult co-workers, a cultural misfit, job responsibilities that don’t match natural abilities or inclinations, repetitive work, the inability to follow through on assignments, not enough pay for hard work, doing multiple jobs to pay bills, and the list goes on and on. For many people the job is so distressing that they don’t sleep well at night thinking about the day just ended, or the next day, and then go back into a workplace they dislike without being rested to take on the new day.
Many people, as unhappy as they may be, they are “stuck”. Bills need to be paid, a skill has been developed, a degree obtained, and it isn’t as easy as saying “I’m going to start over” for most people. So what can you do if you are a person in the 70% bracket who hates your job? Is the only option to grit your teeth and bear it and just plow through, hoping retirement will come some day?
If you are tired of hating your job and tired of the mental and physical exhaustion that can occur as a result, maybe it’s time to take some steps to change things. Think about the cycle you may be in: hating the job while you are there, brooding over it when you are home, losing sleep thinking about it when you need to rest, and then going in yet another day to face things again. It’s not much of a life, is it? If you want to take charge and eliminate the negativity, try these six steps to turn disgust into delight in the workplace:
There are many other aspects of job negativity that could be affecting you. Try and see if one or more of these six ideas could help you in some way.