Going to work every day can be a hassle. When your job becomes more than the 8 to 5 grind, however, and you truly dread getting out of bed, it is time to think of some other options. That does not necessarily mean quitting your job and finding a new one. However, it may mean that in some situations. Taking stock of your current job situation objectively is the first step to determining what to do next.
1. Determine what is bothering you
You recognize that you are tired and exhausted each day when you come home from work or that you struggle to stay awake during the work day. What specifically is tiring you and making you despise your job? Your answers may range from not being challenged enough to really disliking one colleague with whom you work.
2. Lay out your options to deal with the problem(s)
The first option that likely comes to mind is to find employment elsewhere. Alternatives to this rather drastic move might be to request to work part-time if you feel overworked, or to request a flexible/work-from-home situation.
You might also ask for more work if you feel bored, or you might ask to be cross-trained to perform another job. Demonstrating that you want to take on more responsibility could lead to promotions. Another option is to request a transfer to a different department, city, state or country. You might also apply for a more interesting job within your company.
Finally, you might discuss the situation tactfully with your supervisor. If you do this, avoid complaining, but state that you would like some ideas on figuring out how to solve the problem.
Reiterate your continued interest in working for the company and in your current position, if possible. If you feel that you must leave your job, give enough notice to find a suitable replacement, and leave on good terms.
3. Prioritize your options and then take action
List the pros and cons of each alternative before you decide. Research external job or training options, as well as other positions within the company. You want to be prepared and sure of your decision before you make the leap to jump ship or switch roles within your company.
A slow and methodical approach to determining the underlying causes and possible solutions to your work problems will decrease your feelings of professional anxiety. Understanding the root cause of the problem will help you determine the best course of action. Talk to friends and colleagues who have been through a similar situation to get ideas as well. (Take care, however, that those friends and colleagues will not leak that you are upset in your job around the office. Your boss should hear it directly from you, not through the office gossip network.) With an objective understanding of the situation, you are prepared to find happiness in your work.
Are You a Slave to Your Job?
The question may be redundant; if you are wondering, the answer is probably affirmative. If you love your work, it does not describe you. Consider the word, “slave”. Its use suggests there is no escape. If the question rings true, find a way out, before it’s too late.
Signs Your Job is Not Right for You
The word, “stress” is misused in our language. It all started when people shortened “too much stress” to just, “stress”. Shortening the term caused many to believe that nobody should have stress; that is false. Having some stress in your day is healthy. There is a lot of truth in the statement, “I work better under pressure.” The stress that causes you to say, “I hate my job,” is the wrong kind of stress. You want the exhilarating stress that drives you to work through lunch to meet a deadline.
A person who feels his life is wasted by his job, falls under the category of slave, even if it is all in his mind. A person stuck in a rut, cannot enjoy the weekend; he is too busy dreading Monday morning to be able to relax. Other signs of being in the wrong job are:
- Feeling tired often.
- Excessive complaining about your employer.
- The feeling that life has passed you by.
Signs You Have Found Your Calling
Do you remember when you were a kid, and your Mom would have to insist that you stop playing at dinner time? You were so engrossed in your favorite activity that time stood still; you were not hungry even after hours of play. That is how mentally involved you are when you work at your true calling.
You would think that workers who like their jobs would not enjoy time off; actually, the opposite is true. When your line of work is meaningful, you never dread returning to it, so on the weekend, you focus on relaxing.
People who hate their work lie awake at night thinking about their misery; fulfilled workers lose sleep thinking of how the next day’s plan will come together. Other signs that you love your work are:
- You never complain about salary.
- You are always talking about work.
- You show up early, and leave late.
People who reach the end of life satisfied with the journey, say things like, “I would do it all again.” On the other hand, those who spend life wishing for something else feel cheated, and that their life passed in a flash.
If your life is not everything you wanted it to be, do something about it. Take an honest self-inventory. Ask yourself what has to change. The majority of life takes place at work, so start with that. Do you dread Monday morning, or look forward to it? Do you need training, or just to be more assertive at the job you already have? Whatever it is, go for it; you only have one life to live.