If you’ve ever had a job that you can’t stand or worked in a career field you know isn’t ever going to completely fulfill you in life, you’ve often wondered what to do when you hate your job.
Hopefully, you’ve got a “Plan B” lined up that you’ve been working on.
But regardless of whether you have a Plan B or not, here are the 15 reasons people eventually hate their job or career and some suggestions for what to do to change the situation…
15 Reasons You Eventually Hate Your Job:
1. You’re doing it for the status or title – Just because you may have a PhD, MD or other letters next to your name, doesn’t make you a better person, nor does it make others care about you more (or even respect you more). Remember, no one knows everything. If you’re doing something because it sounds good to your friends or at the local sports bar, it’s time you slap yourself and come back to reality. What everyone else thinks about you does not have an affect on your own long-term purpose in life.
2. You’re doing it for the money – It may make life easier and provide for luxuries outside of the basic necessities, but you’ve always known money can’t buy happiness. It never has and it never will. Realize that you can pursue your true passion in life and do the rewarding things that you really want to do, and still make the money you need to buy yourself enough food and provide shelter over your head. So what does all the other extra do for you that makes it worth it to slave away in a job or career you can’t stand just to earn it?
3. You’re doing it for the prestige – How do you define prestige? Is your definition based on what others say it is? Does what you’re doing now truly invigorate and excite you? Does it provide you purpose? Or are you just in it for the “showiness” (emptiness) of prestige?
4. You’re doing it because everyone in your family does it or because you don’t want others thinking less of you – If you’re doing it because your dad and both uncles, or mother and both aunts did it…don’t. That doesn’t define it as your purpose. It’s simply one of many and multiple options you can choose from in this life. And if you’re doing it because you want the esteem of others, you may or may not have the credentials needed to reach that fantasized level of success. So, do what matters to you.
5. You’re only doing what’s required of you and no more – Do you branch out in your job role and do the extra things that may lead to better opportunities or other options? Or do you only do what your job role requires? If you’re only doing what is required, you will quickly reach burn-out (and faster than you might think).
6. You’re not trying to learn new skills in your field of expertise – If you’re not feeling compelled to (or even following through with) learning new skills in your trade or field, your job and your love of it are quickly dying on the vine. Decide if you want to continue on in the field you’re in – and if so, start working on those new skills/certifications/education/etc.
7. You don’t know yourself well enough – You can go through an entire 4-6 years of college education (and maybe even your entire life) without knowing enough about the most important subject there ever was to know and learn about…yourself. What to do when you hate your job? Take some time to get to know yourself (your likes and dislikes, your aspirations, your passions, your wants and needs). Nobody else will know you or have the capability of knowing you the way you do. This will ultimately prevent you from falling into the trap of being defined by the rest of the world.
8. You don’t know your own strengths and skills – You can go your entire life using skills and practicing things that aren’t really favoring of your own strengths, or you can make the decision to turn that around and start using those strengths to your own advantage. It’s up to you.
9. You’re doing work that someone less-skilled could be doing – If you’re doing menial tasks day-in and day-out that can’t be outsourced or done with contract labor, you may be spinning your wheels.
10. You’re always trying to “appear” busy – If you’re doing work everyday that is only meant to impress a few supervisors or colleagues, you may be spinning your wheels. If this is the case, consider that you may not be in the right place for you.
11. You’re wasting your own time – If you’re at a job that only takes you 2-3 hours to complete, leaving you surfing the Internet on Facebook or Youtube the rest of the day, you may be wasting your own valuable time. This is time you will never get back. Why not use your time to be as productive as possible or learn something new?
12. You’re staying at this job because you can “tolerate it” – If you’re only staying at a job because you can deal with it or tolerate it (even if you’re currently miserable in it), how are you being challenged to do better? How are you making the difference you want to make in life?
13. You’re wasting your company’s or business’ money – Treat the company or business as if you’re the owner. If you can’t do that, you may need to seriously consider doing something else. Spending more money for company related expenses than is necessary is another form of theft. Consider how this works against making you a better person.
14. You’re not getting to know people in other departments – If you took the time to meet other people from other departments/divisions in your present company, you may not only learn new things and skills, but you might even make a network connection that could lead to something you enjoy even better.
15. You’re hanging out with “The Negative Crowd” – If you’re wondering what to do when you hate your job and finding yourself in the company of the complainers and whiners most of your given working day, this may be an indication that you’re going down the wrong path. Consider who you spend the most time with when it comes to colleagues at work. If you find yourself with the negative crowd and comfortable around them, it may be time for a change.