Most people know what it’s like to experience dissatisfaction at work. Maybe the supervisor is piling on too many tasks to be completed in the time allowed. Perhaps the worker is frustrated by a lack of recognition. Or maybe it’s the workplace itself that is unsatisfying. Uncooperative co-workers, a dismal cubicle for a workspace and utilitarian common areas may all contribute to a sense of disquiet.

But scientific studies have shown that job dissatisfaction leads to more problems than just a little emotional heartburn. Job dissatisfaction can actually make workers physically and emotionally ill, resulting in increased medical visits and putting the employee at risk for diseases. Employees dealing with extreme on the job frustration may find themselves susceptible to headaches, musculoskeletal problems, anxiety, depression and even strokes or heart attacks.

Irritation on the job is nothing new and even employees who are largely content with their employment experience such problems from time to time. However, prolonged discontent can lead an employee to feel fatigued more often than not. Overwhelming tiredness leads to headaches and inattention. Before long, what began as simple fatigue turns into diminishing performance.

Time for a change

Work is a necessary part of most people’s lives, and although it may not prove to be deeply satisfying for all employees, it also does not have to be detrimental to a person’s physical health and well-being.

An employee who, after deep reflection, finds that their job is the main source of their long term dissatisfaction would do well to begin seeking alternative employment.

The process begins as the worker brushes up their resume. For many people it has been several years since they even looked at their resume. Consider each item carefully. The after school job the person held their senior year in high school probably can be excised from their employment history. Maybe the format of the resume should be altered. Resumes are no longer as cut and dried as they once were. These days applicants can choose from many different resume styles that allow them to highlight their individual training, skills and experience for prospective employers.

For many workers, the simple act of preparing their resume gives their mental outlook a necessary boost. With that all important document ready for distribution, the applicant can begin pursuing a new job in earnest. As they begin looking at the opportunities around them a sense of optimism slowly builds. Where they previously felt as if they were stuck in a rut, they can now see a way out of the drudgery. Plus, they have now taken the time to identify what about their work is making them unhappy and unhealthy. Looking for work that will virtually eliminate these factors from their lives is a huge step in the right direction.

A job search may not be an easy thing, but the worker dealing with extreme job dissatisfaction and resulting illness will probably note symptom improvement as they begin the process and find employment that brings a growing sense of fulfillment.