Kieron graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2000 with a BA in Psychology. He enjoys writing on a variety of topics including job advice.
Do you hate your job? Do you sit and daydream about what it would be like to do anything other than what you do right now? Do you start getting a sick feeling in your stomach as the weekend comes to an end? If your answer to any of these questions is "yes", then you should stop and do something about it.
Hating your job is not out of the ordinary. I would venture to guess that at some stage the majority, if not all of us, have hated our 9-5 gig. The thing that should be viewed as unusual is willingly sitting back and being miserable with your current position.
Steps to Take When You Hate Your Job
If you do not like what you are doing, then you should get up and do something about it. If you are not sure what that something should be, here are some tips that may help. You may be surprised that quitting your job may not be the only answer. Ultimately, life is way too short to feel trapped in a job that does not bring you any personal or professional fulfillment.
- Evaluate Your Current Position
- Take on New Projects/Responsibilities
- Move to a Different Department
- Merge Your Hobbies With Your Skills
- Find a Way to Break Up the Day
- Look for a New Job Opportunity
1. Evaluate Your Current Position
Before you can make a plan for getting a new job or hating your current job less, you need to know exactly what it is about the job you have right now that you do not like. Without taking the time to evaluate your current position, it is very likely that you will find yourself in another job that you cannot stand.
As you sit back and think about your current job, ask yourself the following questions and be very honest with your responses:
- Are you bored with what you do? Was your current job ever exciting? If yes, what parts of the job excited you?
- What kind of relationship do you have with your supervisor and co-workers? Do they make your job more difficult?
- Do you work in a field that interests you?
- Are you being paid fairly for what you do? Is there another place that would pay you more for what you do?
- What would you if you were allowed to choose your own job?
2. Take on New Projects/Responsibilities
If your main problem with your job is boredom, you may be able to repair that without leaving your current employer. Many times, people start to get bored with what they do because the tasks become too routine. After a while, it may start to feel as if you are working on auto-pilot, and you lose the excitement that the job used to bring.
Rather than quitting your job, the answer may be to take on additional responsibilities. The best thing to do in a situation where everything seems routine is to add something different to it. Ask your boss if there are any special projects or committees that you can work on. Maybe you can cross-train and add new skills to the ones you already possess.
Ultimately, you not only add something new to your daily routine, but you also show some initiative in the process—both of which could actually help your career in the long run.
3. Move to a Different Department
Maybe you are in a situation where you work for a large company, but hate the job that you perform within that company. One benefit of large businesses is that they usually have tons of departments within them. Each of these departments is made up of roles with very different job descriptions.
So maybe your job is not so appealing anymore. It is possible that making a shift over to another position within a different department (ex. from Customer Service to Human Resources) may be the best decision for you. Some of the benefits of staying within the same company in a different role:
- You expose yourself to new tasks in your new department.
- You are still familiar with the overall organizational structure of the company.
- You will likely hang on to any established benefits (vacation days, 401k, etc.) that you had when you came into the company.
4. Merge Your Hobbies With Your Skills
Another solution for people that hate their jobs is to find a way to take some emphasis off of their job. Most people start to identify with their full-time jobs as a large part of who they are. What if you incorporated a part-time job that merged your work skills with your hobbies and/or passions? Perhaps over time, you could identify more with this job while still using the full-time job for the benefits and salary.
For example, a person with only one job could find himself in a miserable state if he suddenly woke up and no longer enjoyed his job. However, if this person also had a small part-time job or business doing something he truly enjoyed, he may not mind the monotony of his full-time job as much because he would still have something to look forward to at the end of the day.
In addition to this, the part-time job could end up turning into something bigger allowing the person to finally step away from the full-time job he hated.
5. Find a Way to Break Up the Day
Sometimes not enjoying work stems from the lack of freedom we sometimes feel at our desks or work areas. In order to alleviate the feeling of being trapped, it is important to take some time throughout the day to break up the monotony.
For many people, the best way to do this is to go for short walks as time permits throughout the work day. Some businesses allow for morning and afternoon breaks in addition to regular lunch breaks. These are the perfect times to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and regroup. You may find that your stress level goes down and your relationships with your co-workers gets stronger as well.
Taking an actual lunch break is also a simple thing that can greatly improve your mood at work. Nowadays there are tons of people that take their lunch back to their desks with them. However, this action tends to make people feel as if they are always on duty, even when eating lunch. There really is no feeling of taking a break throughout the day and that can lead to burnout over time.
6. Look for a New Job Opportunity
At the end of the day, sometimes the only answer left is to just look for another job that is more fulfilling. Whether it be because of relationships with co-workers, not making enough money, or the need to try something different at a different company, there are times when we may need to pack it in and move on to another place of employment.
Before taking this step, I highly encourage you to think if this will really make you happier in the long run, or if it will just provide a temporary feeling of happiness. It is possible that the feeling of hating your job is more inside yourself and you could end up feeling it regardless of where you work.
Ultimately, make sure that you have a new job in hand before quitting your present job, no matter how much you may hate it. Try not to burn any bridges on the way out of the door, and remain professional. You never know when you may need help from some of the people you are leaving behind.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.