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When You're Dissatisfied with Your Job

by Alex J. Coyne


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It's commonly said that if you love your job, you'll never have to work a day in your life. But, what if you don't love your job? Gallup measured that as much as 70% of the country's workforce reported in 2014 that they hated their jobs. Considering a career forms a bulk of one's life, that's a pretty big number. Are you unhappy with your job? Here's how you can start fixing it.

Identify the Problem

The first step is to identify exactly what is making you unhappy. Is it the job itself, your co-workers, management, the environment? Once you figure out why you are unhappy, you can start to fix it.

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Always be wary of burnout and overworking yourself. Yes, both are possible. Even the most ambitious employee can turn into someone who hates having to get up for work.

Changing your attitude can be as simple as a wake-up ritual of a couple sentences of positive affirmation in the mirror every morning. How many people swear by morning coffee to put them in a good mood for their work day? It can also be useful to take a break and step out of the work environment for a while.

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When to Move On

My friend Henry's experience with his employers has been less than pleasant, and that's saying the least. He said, "The last two months have been fraught with problems." These problems have included being shuffled around different positions and red tape that's turned everything into a practical nightmare. He admits that sometimes it's just better to move on.

When things aren't going to get better or you find yourself wanting to go into a different direction entirely, it's better to move forward. There's no need to do anything drastic like quitting your job on the spot. Instead, take the time to examine your options and their consequences a couple of months down the line. Once you're prepared, then it's time to move on.

An Employer's Responsibility

Diana places some of the responsibility in the hands of the employer when she told me, "Employers have to realize that their work force is carrying out their vision and giving it wings." Diana feels that it's within the power of an employer to inspire (or abuse) employees. "At the end of the day, the only practical solution is to find a middle-ground where both are happy."

Keep a good relationship with your employers and don't be afraid to lay your cards on the table face-up. An employer won't necessarily know that you're unhappy if you never sit them down and tell them. Many times, a little bit of work and some careful negotiation are all that's needed to turn job unhappiness upside down.


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