Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! — The sound of your alarm rings in your ear. And, you realize it is 6:30 in the morning. Ugh, how it could already be Monday — you murmur in sleep. You’ve spent the whole night tossing and turning in bed, fretting over the week ahead at work. And now, the back-to-work blues kicks in again and you feel the dread creeping up from the pit of your gut.
Every morning, you have to pep-talk yourself into getting out of bed. You feel heavy and tired even before you start your work. But, you smile anyway and say a cheery “Hello!” to your colleagues and push yourself hard to get the work done. You keep staring at the clock and wonder how it’s possible that only 5 minutes have passed since I last glanced up. You endlessly daydream of the moment when you’d just pack your desk up and wave goodbye to your boss. But, that moment seems a long way off and you feel stuck, inert, uninspired, and frustrated. Is the feeling familiar?
It’s perfectly normal to feel that little twinge of regret as the weekend draws to a close. But when those Sunday scaries and Monday blues become an every-week occurrence, chances are you hate your job and there’s no way to sugarcoat it.
So, How To Cope With The Job You Hate?
Well, it’s not just you, who isn’t happy at work. According to the CNBC and Monkey workforce survey, 27% of employees reported that they don’t feel engaged in their jobs. Yes, hating your job is quite common but that doesn’t make it any less difficult to handle. After all, you spend most of your waking hours at work. So, if you don’t like what you do, it’s hard to feel good about your life. But, before you decide to storm out of the office and collect an unemployment check, ask yourself— is it really about the job?
Do Some Soul-Searching
Look, every job comes with rough patches. Maybe, you’re having a hard time adjusting to a new manager. Or perhaps the business is growing, which is great but, you’re required to put in extra hours to meet the deadlines. Or maybe it’s the new role that needs you to quickly learn a lot of new skills to get up to speed. There can be a lot of situations that make your job harder. But, just because things are a little difficult right at this moment, you shouldn’t quit a job that’s getting you where you wish to reach in your career. First, assess the situation and figure out if it’s really about the job or something else about the work environment that’s manifesting in hatred for your job. Ask yourself some hard questions: Is it the job you hate or is it your employer? Have you always disliked your job or career? Or is it your position that puts a sour taste in your mouth? Are you still confused and not sure if you really hate your job or not? Here are some tell-tale signs to look for.
- You are reading this
- You struggle to get through each day
- You don’t feel challenged
- The job is always in your mind
- You feel physically sick
- You keep complaining about work
- Lack of motivation for your work
- You are missing deadlines
Fix What Can Be Fixed
Once you figure out what exactly is causing your distaste for your position, it’s time to have those difficult conversations. Sometimes, simply quitting is not the best option. So, before you take any hasty decision, see if things can be fixed. Yes, it’s the duty of your boss to support, supervise, and encourage you. But, your boss can’t read your mind, right? If something is making you unhappy, you need to speak up.
Stop Chanting “I Hate My Job” Every Time
What do you hate about your job? You might have already started reeling off a long list— you are underpaid, undervalued, your boss is awful, the work environment is toxic, and you just feel like a cog in a machine and so on. Well, while dealing with an overwhelming workload and toxic office politics, a little griping about work is normal and we get that. But, venting about how much you hate your job to everyone out there in the office isn’t going to make your life any easier. Rather, it’ll make things much worse as there are people who always look for an opportunity to grind their own axe.
Remind Yourself Why You Took the Job
Sure, a paycheck is what you are working for. After all, you have to pay your bills. Fair enough! But, besides a paycheck, there must be some reason why you started the job in the first place. Maybe, it’s the ability to be independent or to be able to take care of your family. Remember what inspired you from the beginning and try to tap into those aspects of your job again.
Do Something You Love
Perhaps your passion lies elsewhere, and that’s the reason you are not able to enjoy your job. If that’s the case, try to fuel your interests on the side. Be it an activity, a hobby, sport, or even a side hustle that you ultimately want to do, start working on that. Who knows, you might end up building your own business.
Do Your Best Work
It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting in minimal effort when you don’t even like what you’re doing. But, falling victim to this attitude will not only hamper your productivity but also make you feel even worse. So, push through and try to give your best shot possible. Remember, there are people who would love to have your job. So, don’t take your job for granted and be professional, effective, and courteous.
Be Clear About Your Goals
So, you feel there’s no way to stay back and you truly want to quit? Perhaps, you’ve already started looking for a new gig. That’s great! But, this time make sure it’s something you’re truly passionate about. You wouldn’t want to jump from the frying pan straight into the fire, would you? So, take your time and be selective. And once you’ve got another job lined up, it’s time to resign gracefully.
Being stuck in a job you hate can be daunting. It eats up your energy, purpose, and happiness. And, it’s easy to say— “just quit.” But, let’s face it— quitting isn’t always a realistic option. Why? This is because finding a new job is no easy task. And building a startup takes time. So, even if you’ve made up your mind to jump the ship, it may be a while before you can. Also, it’s better to leave on good terms. So, in the meantime, try to make the best out of your current situation. Give the above tips a try and you will easily get through the rough patch of your career. Good Luck!