Are you currently working a job you hate?
If so, you should take solace in the fact that you’re not alone.
In a recent survey conducted by Zippia, approximately 50% of people surveyed indicated that they dislike their jobs.
The reasons that people are working jobs that they dislike run the gamut from micromanagement and lack of communication to unfair/low pay and undesirable hours. Another common reason for disliking a job is it being a generally toxic workplace.
No matter your reason for working a job that you hate, dealing with constant feelings of disdain can be challenging. Feeling like this is especially true if you, for whatever reason, need to keep the job for the short or long term.
While it’s inarguable that disliking your job is highly unpleasant, there are ways to make the situation more manageable.
As someone who has experienced the unfortunate phenomenon of working a job I hated first-hand, I discovered ways to make a bad job more bearable.
Check out these seven powerful strategies for surviving a job you hate.
When you have a job you hate, it’s not uncommon to spend a lot of time in denial. You may try to convince yourself that it’s not that bad or that you don’t have the right mindset for the position.
While these ideas may be worth exploring, it’s typically more helpful to stay honest with yourself and be sincere about your feelings.
By taking the time to survey your true thoughts about the job, you may discover the actual reasons you have a job you hate. Knowing your real feelings can come in handy in future job searches and can even help you at your current workplace as you may be able to change duties, positions, or even departments if these things are contributing factors.
The key is that you shouldn’t ignore your feelings, as your true thoughts can be red flags to help you.
Similar to the need to be honest with yourself about your thoughts, sharing your feelings with others can be hugely beneficial.
As a bonus to the much-needed practice of getting things off your chest, you may find that trusted people, like family and friends, can provide excellent advice or wisdom for your situation.
In addition to sharing your true thoughts with your inner circle, you may also decide to reach out to a mental health professional like a therapist or counselor to vent. Talking to a professional can be especially helpful when dealing with work anxiety.
By sharing with trustworthy people, you can clear your head and potentially receive guidance (or at least a listening ear).
If talking to others about your situation isn’t an option, consider writing your thoughts down in a journal. Often underestimating, writing things down to get them out of your brain is a highly-effective way to get clarity without communicating with others.
One thing that can make unsavory jobs even worse is a crushing workload or feelings of pressure on your performance.
If possible, consider reducing your workload to better cope with a job you hate. Yes, I realize that this is easier said than done. But, if there’s any way that you can ask your manager for assistance, it may be the difference between your ability to stay for a few more months and needing to quit immediately.
Consider requesting a change in duties, a reduction in hours, a change of work location, or another job modification to make the job more bearable in the short term.
If this isn’t an option for you, it may be worthwhile to explore the concept of “quiet quitting.” This growing movement means you do the bare minimum at work to continue doing the job without resigning. Basically, you’re working and not “underperforming,” but you reduce your output significantly.
For many, work isn’t just a place to go and make money. It’s also their identity. As a result of being so profoundly tied to work, it’s no wonder that many people’s lives revolve around it. It’s even worse when you feel connected to a job you hate.
Rather than making work the focal point of your life, try your best to reduce the importance of your job.
Remember, you are not your job. In most cases, if you quit tomorrow, your company would replace you, and life would go on.
It may sound kind of harsh to remind you how replaceable you are at your job, but it’s important to remember that your life shouldn’t begin and end with work, as your company likely doesn’t prioritize you the way you’re prioritizing it.
To aid in the process of de-centering work, consider incorporating at least one hobby into your life. Having a hobby can make overcoming a job you hate easier.
The hobby that you choose can be purely for enjoyment, stress relief, or leisure,
Alternatively, you can choose a pastime that doubles as a side hustle or a small business.
The key is to choose something that gives you true enjoyment, gives you meaning outside of work, or even provides hope for something better.
No matter how silly or unhelpful a new hobby may seem, doing something new or meaningful can make truly terrible jobs more bearable.
This tip is a no-brainer, but it often falls by the wayside if you are dealing with a job you hate.
Prioritizing self-care is vital when attempting to cope with a disliked job.
Ensuring you’re well-slept, well-fed, and other basic needs is crucial for mental health.
But, other self-care practices, like reading and intentional relaxation, can also be essential ways to unwind or recharge after tough days at work.
Sometimes, no matter how earnestly hard you try, there is nothing that you can do to cope more easily with a job you hate.
When you’ve reached the point of no return with your current job, it’s time to start looking for another professional opportunity.
Depending on your situation, the new opportunity may be within your current company, possibly in a different position or department.
However, if you’re like many professionals, you’ll likely benefit most from looking for a new job externally. If just the thought of job-seeking fills you with dread, the following tips may be of assistance to you:
Remember that you’re not alone if you’re currently working a job you hate.
Unfortunately, disliking a job is a common and unfortunate occurrence.
Luckily, there are ways to make an unpleasant job situation slightly more bearable.
Strategies like sharing your true feelings with others and prioritizing self-care can make dealing with your job easier.
Many of us have identities that we tie to our jobs. We also inflate the importance of a particular position or company in our lives. However, if your job makes you absolutely miserable, it’s worth considering moving on to something healthier for overall well-being.
Remember, you got the job you have. You can get another one.
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