Right now, 70% of all Americans would gladly say “I HATE MY JOB!”
Now that may be a little harsh, but some days we all feel like we’re put to the grindstone and drained of all joy in our life.
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But has it always been this way? After all, don’t you remember the first day on the job when everything was shiny and new? You KNOW you didn’t walk out of the interview thinking “Well this place is gonna suck to work at!”
I’ve had some jobs and positions that, while maybe I didn’t absolutely hate them, I was pretty miserable being where I was. But when I’ve been faced with long term job dissatisfaction, I’ve often thought “what can I do to bring the fun back to my work?” Luckily, there are 3 things you can begin to ask yourself to start making positive changes in your work life.
1. Start by asking yourself what it is about your job that’s making you feel like you hate it? Is it the actual job, or something else? Maybe your boss or your coworkers are a challenge to get along with. Maybe the position is too easy or even too hard. Sometimes we think we hate something, but when we really look closely at it there is something we can change. Whatever it is, really start to analyze both external and internal elements to figure out what it is.
2. Once you have a better idea of what’s really making you feel like a hamster in a wheel, ask yourself what can you do to change the situation? Would the problems be solved by transferring to a different department? Or maybe negotiating a different workspace? Often, a change in environment is just what we need to give us back that feeling of engagement with our work.
3. Lastly, if all else fails, ask yourself if you’re with the right company, and maybe even the right career? I’ve met with people of all ages and disciplines that followed the wrong path. They didn’t really go after what they wanted, but rather took the “safe” job. Or even worse, followed the career path that paid well, or was a “smart” way to go. Only to look back years later to find that they really hated what they did. And often, those people felt stuck wearing the “golden handcuffs” as I like to call it. They feel like there’s no where left to go.
If you’re in that last situation, fear not. It ain’t over yet baby! It’s never too late to start over. I know it may sound crazy, but sometimes starting over is the best option.
Find something new that gives you life. That gets you charged and feeling young again. That makes you excited to share your talents with the world. Figure out if you can change the scenery, and if needed, change your path.
So if you feel like you HATE your job, start asking yourself these questions and figure out where you should start.
Start exploring and you may be surprised what you find.
What about you: How have you gotten over the hump in a job that’s a grind?