If you’ve been thinking, “I hate my job” lately, it might be time to take a step back. Everyone should feel fulfilled in their career, but sometimes when overwhelmed, we automatically think it’s time it quit. Although quitting can be necessary, take a moment and see what changes you can make to improve the situation.
Assess the sitch
It can be easy to overlook the root cause of our unhappiness but do take some time to reflect. Before you make any rash decisions, is there something else in your life causing these feelings or are there genuine aspects about your work you don’t like?
Possible reasons to “hate” your job:
- Your boss
- You feel underappreciated
- You feel unfulfilled
- Got a case of burnout
Now that you have defined the issue let’s look at 5 things you can do before putting in your notice.
Give your boss feedback
Your boss has a significant influence on your job satisfaction. If you find yourself butting heads or just not meshing with their leadership style, it’s probably time you had a discussion. This is no easy task, but don’t let that intimidation keep you from initiating the conversation. Schedule a meeting at a time that is convenient for you both and prep ahead. Be ready to give proper feedback rather than bashing. If there is something about their approach that you don’t like, be sure to point it out and clarify what works for you. You want to assert yourself, but don’t let your emotions take over. Stay cool, stay calm, and stay collected.
Ask for a promotion
If you feel undervalued and think your skills are being under-utilized, ask for a promotion or raise! Make sure you have the evidence to back you up when you ask. Just because you might not like your job doesn’t mean you’re automatically entitled to a raise or new position. Start requesting more frequent performance reviews to help build you some credibility. If you are working as hard as you feel you are, the review will reflect it.
Don’t fall into mediocrity
When you dread waking up for that 9 to 5, it can be easy to let your performance slip. It might sound difficult to work hard at something you might not like but try to push through.
Putting in your all can give you a sense of pride, and if you do choose to leave your position eventually, at least you can’t say you didn’t try.
Take some time off
While this isn’t feasible for everyone, but if you can, take some time off, even if it’s just a personal day. If you are feeling burnt out, it’s easy to say you hate your job when it’s not the problem at all. You can still hit that wall and love your job at the same time. Remember, everyone needs a break every now and then to recharge.
If there’s a deeper reason for your burnout, though, taking time off is just a Band-Aid solution. Is it just a busy time of year, or does it have to do with your organization and time management skills? If it’s the latter, then you need to confront yourself and re-vamp your work habits.
Blow off some steam
Don’t keep those feelings bottled up, or you’re bound to explode. While you should refrain from airing out your dirty laundry online, speak with a trusted colleague or loved one about your issues. While this might not directly fix your problems, having someone to confide in can relieve some of the pressure.
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