What To Do When You Hate Your Job?

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Ever heard the story of a co-worker calling in sick every Friday because they didn’t like their job? Or better yet, have you ever watched a co-worker roll up into the office like they don’t give a f*** because they actually don’t? Maybe that person is you or someone you know. If you happen to be surfing the internet right now, looking for another opportunity, happy hunting; you will find that dream job. In the meantime, here are some helpful tips to help you survive your current workplace until you land your next gig.

6 Things You Should Do (beside actively looking for another job) When You Hate Your Job:

  1. Identify Why You Don’t Like Your Job

Is it a harassment issue? Are you overworked or underutilized? Do you not get along with someone? Know what is causing you discontentment at your job, first. This will help you to decide the course of action to take.

  1. Talk to Your Supervisor or Human Resources

If you feel like you aren’t being challenged, setup a meeting with your supervisor to let him or her know. You’re probably a good employee that they would like to keep, and maybe your supervisor hasn’t noticed something is wrong because he or she is too busy juggling his/her workload. Communicating with your supervisor can help fix the problem.  If you aren’t happy in your current department, talk to HR. They can help you find an opportunity in another department. Just keep in mind HR might report this back to your boss.

  1. Keep A Positive Mindset

Try to keep a positive mindset and attitude. You are still getting paid so you can cover your rent and other living expenses. Even though you are unhappy at your job, it is still affording you a lifestyle you enjoy. See the good in this and channel it into positive energy. When your boss gets on your nerves, just start planning your next vacation. When you get overloaded with work, make a massage appointment. Look on the bright side, you have greenbacks hitting your back account regularly which is enough to smile about!

  1. Learn Something New

Ask other departments what they need help with or have someone from another department teach you something that you can apply to making your current role more efficient. The key here is to start soaking up a new skill before you pull the plug. This will help you feel more engaged when coming to work each day while in the process of finding a new job. When you start cross training or learning new applications, you spend time in another department; this breaks up the day which can be a plus.

For example, before I left a previous job, I started learning how to write Excel formulas and build macros. Our IT guy started teaching me this skill to help make my current tasks easier. Additionally, I wanted to learn this so I could add a highly sought after skill to to my resume. 

  1. Seek Out of Office Opportunities

Schedule out of office meetings as much as possible. Go check on affiliates, set up weekly meetings, or send an e-mail to an organization of interest asking to setup an introduction meeting to tell them about your company.  If your job doesn’t call for offsite work, then look into seminars, workshops, or other events you can attend on behalf of your department (all in the name of expanding business or community outreach). This is a great way to keep you from being bored. If you’re really determined, you can use these out of office activities to network and indirectly job hunt.

  1. Fake It Until You Make It Out of There

If you have come to the conclusion that there is just nothing left for you at your job, then it really is time to go. The best advice is to try not to let your unhappiness show; after all, your job is still a professional environment. Once you get to the point of no return — where you just don’t care — then no smile or amount of out of office time will hide your true feelings. Pretty soon others will realize them, too. So, even if you hate your job, try not to show it.