From daily interaction, personal experience and observation over a period of time, I have come to realize that a lot of people do not like their jobs and are just doing it because that is what they have at the moment and the high rate of unemployment has only made this worse.
I worked with a financial institution and throughout the time I spent with them, I was surrounded by colleagues who were always nagging and complaining of how much they loathe their present job and searching for a new one. And this is not peculiar to just my former colleagues, in fact most of us pick up jobs often saying “let me be managing this one” knowing full well that, that is not what we want to do!
Why do so many people hate their jobs? There are many reasons why people hate their jobs?
Let me quickly go straight to the points…
*** If its a job you know within you that you do not like at all but are forced by circumstances to take, you will never like the job. You hate the job even before picking it up and as a matter of fact you can never do well with it. How do you expect to be happy or do well as a marketer when you hate the whole idea of marketing such that you have developed a phobia for it. So for some people, the hatred for the job was on even before they picked the said job. It will take the special grace of GOD for you eventually start tolerating the job. Yes tolerating because love is love, it doesn’t grow we just become used to the thing and adapt or tolerate.
*** Another good reason why people may hate their jobs is when an employee stays in a particular level too long. And most times these employees keep their heads down nd don’t complain loudly due to unemployment crisis. They are afraid to ask questions, they are afraid to speak up and they are even more afraid to move. You have an instance where people are employed as graduate trainees for example to be confirmed as proper staff of the company or organization after six months but most times companies don’t keep to their words and have these employees work for more than a year without confirmation. Naturally, anyone in these shoe will not be comfortable. You don’t know your fate, you feel used and you don’t have faith in the organization and hatred for that sets in.
*** Again, when an employee works longer hours beyond the usual hours and isn’t rewarded properly, he or she would feel used and if this lingers on, hatred for the job is inevitable except of course it was passion that took the person to that job, and if its passion, he or she will volunteer to work longer hours himself. But I am talking of a case where passion is no where around.
*** When work/life balance is heading in the wrong direction, it affects the love for our jobs. Electronic devices and mobile technology have made it hard to turn work off. Emails, texts, action items and reports come flowing in through smart phones, laptops and tablets all hours of the day and night and even on weekends.
Gosh! People are exhausted and unable to recharge, rest, reboot and enjoy time with their families. This leads to resentment for the job.
*** Negative employer/employee relationships can make us also hate our jobs. Negative relationships can range from taking credit for subordinate’s work, under-appreciation, being difficult, bullying, sexual harassment, gossiping and rivalry in the workplace, work place politics and more. Bosses come in all shapes and sizes and if you don’t have a good relationship with them, you start hating your job!
*** When you know what you want to do with your life, when you know your purpose, when you have discovered yourself and your present job has an unclear career path, you start to hate your job. When an employee doesn’t see how they can grow their skills/experiences and advance, when there is no training and development leading directly to advancement, a person who has a dream, ambition and goal in life will not be comfortable with such a job and will start hating it.
Now the big question is, who should we blame here? We may choose to blame the government for unemployment crisis, or blame the companies but remember its all about you! Its your job… Its your life… So let’s focus on you and how to remedy this situation.
Now, If you find yourself hating your job, you need to take the time to stop and think about why. Is it the money? Is it the people? Is it the work or the hours?
Ok, you know what the problem is! So decide if you are going to do something about it. Or not. But make that decision.
If your answer is, “No, I will stay here,” then stop complaining.
If your answer is, “Yes, I want to get another job ” then build a plan and execute it!
At this point, set a goal! This is very important because it makes you not to go for just anything. Articulate what it is you will look for, being very clear and specific. Identify the function, industry, company type, location, salary minimum, and much more.
The funny thing is, after thorough thinking, you may decide to simply be on your own… Yes! Become self employed either by making use of your GOD given talent or going to acquire a skill.
This is the most important part. Put this plans into action. It is very important that you love your job. When you hate your job, everything is a task because there is no passion. You feel unfulfilled and depressed.
Having a career or a job is not all about the money or salary. Your job has a deeper connection to your entire life than most of us think. When you are doing a job you love, a job you are passionate about, your life is more significant, satisfying and complete.
When you are doing a job you love, whether you make money today or not, you have the zeal to move on. Nothing dampens your spirit.
I will like to stop here today. Please enjoy your holiday, and get ready for work tomorrow.
Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!