Can I be brutally honest with you for a minute?
Not in the thanks-for-telling-me kind of way, where I tell you there’s food stuck in between your teeth. I mean in the slap-you-in-the-face, straight-to-the-point kind of way that usually doesn’t feel good.
It’s harsh. It’s not pretty. It’s uncomfortable.
And I’ll be willing to bet you won’t like what I have to say.
In fact, it’s something I usually hold off telling my clients right away – hoping they’ll come to this realization on their own. And even though it stings when I first tell them, by the end it usually brings about a new perspective on how they’re approaching work. This is why I’ve decided to cut to the chase and let you in on this tidbit today.
It’s not your boss’, or your coworkers’, or your commute’s fault you hate your job…it’s yours.
That’s right. You’re the reason.
You’re the reason you feel you’ve reached your breaking point and the thought of having to go in to work on Monday mornings makes you either want to burst into tears or slap the person next to you (or both).
You’re the reason you aren’t being challenged and would rather be doing anything other than what you’re supposed to be doing every day during working hours.
- Are you sick and tired of dealing with a boss that is completely clueless on how to manage your career in an intelligent way?
- Are you over having to work on repetitive projects that make your eyes glaze over with boredom?
- Are you fed up with having a job that simply doesn’t excite and energize you because you know you deserve to be passionate about what you do for work?
Well guess what, even though on the surface it may seem that those are all external factors causing your unhappiness, the truth is it all starts with you.
More than 70% of people don’t like the job they’re currently in and while I’m in no way trying to downplay the fact that for a lot of people #worklife can be less than ideal, it’s also important to keep in mind that you have the power to control how you deal with anything that’s thrown your way at work (and in life) – no matter how annoying, depressing, or challenging it may be.
It would be amazing to be able to quit that job that makes you unhappy, but I think we both know that in real life it’s definitely not that simple. Whether you’ve got student loans, a car note, groceries, day care costs, or mani/pedi appointments, you’ve got responsibilities.
But just because you can’t just up and quit right now, doesn’t mean you should be forced to endure the mental anguish that comes along with working a job you hate (or that you feel indifferent about).
So what should you do?
You’ve got to proactively find ways to make your workday tolerable.
Basically, you’ve got to get your mind right before you can get your work right.
Here are 5 ways to turn the job you hate into one you can tolerate (at least until you can update your resume, sign on to LinkedIn and apply for something better).
- Ask for a flexible work arrangement.
You know what’s better than having to go into the office five days a week? Going in for only four. Working from home one day or varying your start and end times, can be just the thing you need to look forward to (besides the weekend) each day.
The great news is that more and more companies are realizing the benefits of giving their employees opportunities to use unconventional work arrangements so the chances your arrangement will get the green light are very high.
- Buy a new wardrobe.
Have you ever heard the saying, “If you look good, you feel good”? You’d be surprised at how the simple act of revamping your wardrobe can make you feel 1000x better about going in to work.
I’m not saying you have to break the bank, but a simple upgrade to your work attire is a proven way to help your mood and productivity in the office.
- Challenge yourself.
Are you bored? For a lot of people, the fact that they can’t stand going in to work every day has less to do with the actual job they’re doing and more to do with the fact that they just don’t feel challenged.
Sit down with your boss and figure out what new projects you can work on that take you out of your comfort zone and stretch you. You’ll be so busy trying to tackle your new assignments that you won’t have nearly as must time to think about being bored.
- Stand up for yourself.
Besides having a bad boss, the main reason people hate their jobs is because they feel overworked and overwhelmed. Don’t be afraid to tell your boss or your coworkers that you have a lot on your plate and don’t think you can handle anything more.
For some reason a lot of people shy away from sharing their true wishes at work. Don’t be one of these people. Covering up how you truly feel at work does nothing but make you resent every one and everything around you.
- Take time off.
This is something I’ll never understand, but on average, U.S. employees only use about half of their eligible vacation days. And for those that do take time off, most of them are still working while out of office.
Vacation days are meant to be used. Nothing helps you feel re-energized and rejuvenated quite like a few weekdays spent outside of the office.
The fact is we spend more time at work than we do anywhere else, you owe it to yourself to make that time as enjoyable as possible.
Instead of feeling defeated, challenge yourself to make a deliberate effort to upgrade your situation. This not only means starting the process to look for another job, but also finding ways to improve the situation you’re currently in.
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