What to Do When You Hate Your Job

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Is it possible to hate your job? Have you ever wondered why some people have great-paying jobs yet hate their work? Or what could be the reason for hating your work?

If your answer to these questions is yes, then this article is for you. This article will analyze the possible reasons for hating your job and proffer solutions on what to do if you find yourself in this situation and how to overcome it.

Things People Hate Doing

According to Gallup World Poll, the world has approximately 1.2 billion engaged workers. Only 15% of them are happy with their job!

Statistics have shown that many people hate doing some basic things that naturally ought to be done. From a survey conducted by Foundation for Behavioral Resources, here is a list of some of the things people hate doing.

  • House Chores:  House chores are one task many people don’t like to engage with. A survey shows that over 78% of people don’t like house chores.
  • Doing Laundry: Laundry work is one boring work to do, especially the aspect of ironing of clothes. The survey shows that about 68% of respondents hate doing laundry work.
  • Doing the dishes: Cooking is one exciting thing people love doing, but washing the dishes often puts some people off. A survey shows that over 60% of people hate doing the dishes.
  • Paying bills: paying bills, according to the survey is one thing people hate doing. Over 65% of people hate paying bills.

Identify Why You Hate Your Job

Surveys have shown that many people hate their boss, not necessarily their job. Poor managers have also contributed to employees hating their job. Let’s consider the following scenarios.

1. My work here is done

Well, if you think you’ve done your best, and there seems nothing else you could do concerning your job, then, my work here is done means “I’m quitting.” Really? If that’s the only option left for you…think! Think again before you quit.

2. I don’t really wanna do the work today

Procrastination they say is a thief of time. For a typical person that hates his job, this is a regular remark you always hear. Whatever the reason is, why not make a list of to-do before going to work? Endeavor to accomplish it before leaving. Repeat the task every day.

3. I don’t like where this is going

Do you see your job as a misadventure? Are you fed up with what you’re doing? Know that there is always a way around anything, and there will always be a better option. Don’t just conclude that I don’t like where this is going. It’s just that you may not have explored the right option yet.

4. I’m in this and I don’t like it

You don’t like where you are. Could it be that you lack interest in the job?  It could be that you are not giving enough concentration to your job. If you have to do it, you have to like it. You’re already in it, then make it worth the while.

5. I don’t want to do it

Are you unmotivated in your job? Do you feel that you are unproductive? Are you tired of doing the same things without results? Or do you feel your worth is not been valued or appreciated? Are these the reasons why you don’t want to do it? Certainly, you’re not alone. A lot of people feel the same as you. But what is the solution? Determination. Enthusiasm. Perseverance. Get up and get going.

6. I don’t want to go to work today

I can’t face my boss today. I don’t want to step into that miserable workplace today. Does it sound like you? Have you got such an experience before? Are you always complaining about your daily work?

Each time my wife returns from her teaching work, she comes with a bag-full of complaints about the atmosphere at work. She complains about colleagues, her boss, and everything about the work.

Maybe you don’t want to go to work today because it makes you sad! Take up the issues with the appropriate quarters and express your concerns.

7. I hate this place

Poor work culture is one reason people hate their job. By work culture, I mean the totality of the work environment; from colleagues to the management systems. The workplace could be uninspiring, unhealthy, and hazardous.

However, since we spend much of our daily life at the workplace, it is proper to have a friendly working environment and a good working relationship. Where this is lacking, work becomes uninteresting. Poor relationships have contributed to reasons why people hate their job. See how you could get along with colleagues. It could help to create a new world in your workplace.

8. I don’t like the look of this office

Always searching for files in the office could be frustrating. Your office setting could also contribute to your hating your job. If your office is in disorder, you have to reorganize it. Good housekeeping can promote a healthy workplace.

9. I hate my career

If you have a feeling that you’ve found yourself in the wrong career, then it’s a challenge. Your career is you. Having spent years in building a career – and you suddenly found out that you hate the same career – you’ve got to take a tough decision to quickly make a change. What career paths would you like to go into? What are the things you love to do? Take a careful look at the possible career paths available to you.  A quick adjustment is required once you make a decision.

10. I do what I don’t want to do

Even the Bible recognizes this fact. (Romans 7:15) Doing what you don’t want to do makes you grow weary, disheartened, and even overwhelmed. So it is with our workplace. We often engage in what we don’t want to do because we get paid for it.

Unfortunately, the first thing that usually attracts us to work is the pay. We are motivated to work because of the salary. Well, for the sake of the pay, especially if it’s reasonable, you might consider doing the job a bit longer to see if things could change.

11. I don’t want to work for anyone

Well, some people sometimes feel so confident about their ability and think that they don’t want to work under anybody. They want to be the boss of their own. That’s a good desire. If this is your case, you’re on the right track. However, you must still have to be able to work with people at the top now, because it would help you manage those under you in the future.

12. I hate everything in real life

Many reasons can cause one to hate everything in life. Isolation, depression, failure, unfulfilling dreams are some of the common reasons we face. If you find yourself in such a situation, what do you do? Though this may sound difficult, it can be overcome.

According to Dr. Salvatore Maddi of the Hardiness Institute, what determines how well we will do in life is NOT how much money we have, or even how many struggles we face, but it is how hardy and emotionally resilient we are. Your best bet is to redefine life as it suits you. Don’t live your life for others.

13. I hate my job but can’t afford to quit

Well, you’re not the only one who feels this way about their job. It’s a dilemma to find yourself stuck in such a situation. You may hate your job, but certainly not the pay. While you enjoy the pay, work out how to “escape” from the trap. When you remember the bills to settle, your family to care for, you may be encouraged to hang on a little longer until the “break” comes.

14. It is not going to work

Knowing when to quit a job might not be easy. But some signs can be evident. If you think you’ve reached the end of the road, and nothing else can work, it may just be well to drop the resignation letter. But before doing that, ask yourself, what if it works?

How to Do Something You Hate

In several cases, people need to continue their job even if they hate their job. You may hate your job, but you can’t afford to quit. Getting a better job might not be as easy as you think. While you may be scrolling through the job search websites for a new job, here are some things that could help you do something you hate.

1. Keep your thoughts to yourself

Yes. This is true. Don’t create an atmosphere that tells everyone that you hate your job or you want to quit. Just let it be your issue. Revealing your thoughts may cause you to lose your job even before you throw in the towel.

2. Assess your situation

Take time to reflect on your situation and try to identify where the problem lies, then do the following:

3. Make a list of “Things I don’t like”

What are the things you don’t like?  Find out what the problem is. List out the things you think you don’t like. Ask yourself some salient questions. Find out why you don’t like them. It could be the management system, it could be the work environment. You may get the solution you’re looking for if you properly assess your situation

4. Make a list of “Things I like”

There will also be things that interest you in your job. Make a list of the things you derive joy in doing. Engage yourself more with them and see if it could improve your work condition.

5. Try to make your current job work

Since it may not be easy to get another job, it would be necessary to make your current job work. Find a way to love your job. Create an environment that makes you feel good at work. Find out what you could do differently to make things work for you.

6. Set your goal in your new job

If you’ve already made up your mind about your job, set your goal in the new job. Determine what your desires are. Set a target for yourself on the new job.

7. Develop skills to get ready for a new job

If you’ve struggled over time with your job and discovered that you’re not meeting up with assigned tasks, it could be that you need to enhance your skills. Try getting more skills that are relevant to your work. Start developing skills that could make you a good fit for the next job.

8. Start your job hunt

Having acquired some new skills, or rather improving on your skills, start your job hunt. Start scrolling through all the job vacancies available to you. You might be fortunate to get a better offer from your current job.

9. Practice gratitude and leave the job positively

Be grateful to the company for allowing you to offer your service. Appreciate their kind gestures. Certainly, you have learned something new while working with them. Leave with a sense of gratitude. You may need them again or vise-versa. Give appropriate notice before quitting.

Practice Positivity in the Workplace

Meanwhile, there are other things you could do to maintain a positive attitude at the workplace even though you hate your job.

1. Believe in “I got work to do”

Take your assignment as a task you’ve got to execute. Tell yourself that “I’ve got work to do, and I will do my best.” It might be the tonic you need to get in tune with your job

2. Keep doing what you’re doing until you feel your excellence

Practice, they say, makes perfect. As you keep doing the job, sooner than later you’ll begin to derive a feeling of pleasure and begin to get job satisfaction. Just keep doing what you’re doing.

3. Stay calm while doing your work

Create an atmosphere of all is well even when all is not well. It will help you maintain focus on your job.

4. You don’t have to ‘display’ your dislike to everyone

It should be your issue until you decide to throw in the towel.

5. Be confident in yourself

Self-defeat is a big issue. Don’t lose confidence in your ability. Believe you can do it.

FAQ

Why do I hate my life?

Life could be miserable when you lack the basic things that make life worth living. A job is essential to enjoying life and staying happy. But where there is no job, there would not be money to care for your needs. That is why you don’t have to hate your job.

Why do I hate everything?

To hate everything in life is called Misanthropy.  You could develop hatred for everything around you when you think you can’t get fulfillment in life. It comes from a circle of disappointments, unceasing stress, and the inability to break even.

How to do something you don’t want to do?

We are all faced with things we don’t want to do, but they would be done. If this is your case, what are your fears? What are the reasons for not wanting to do it? And what are the reasons why you should do it? Answering these questions might help in resolving your fears, and could help you figure out how to do something you don’t want to do.

Confront your fears. Defeat the urge that is compelling you to refuse to do the job. Just do it! Be positive-minded. Put your mind on the result you’d get when you do it. Consider the benefits of doing it.

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

There’s nothing new today. The problem you got stuck at, someone had encountered it before and probably resolved it. So, the best bet for you is to find out how he did it. A little research could be of help here. Just believe that nothing is impossible. Starting from somewhere, you’d certainly get a way around it.

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Conclusion

If we have to go by the statistics from the Gallup World Poll which pointed out that about 85% of employees hate their jobs, it means that should the trend continue, we may be faced with a situation whereby no one is willing to work anymore. The Gallup World Poll also stated that this had affected the world’s GDP.

Quitting your job might not be the best option when you discover that you hate your job. Reflect on the reasons why you don’t like the job. Find out how you could remedy the situation. Do a thorough analysis of the problem. Ask yourself: could it be my boss that I don’t like? Could it be my colleagues? Are they making my experience unbearable? Do I lack appropriate skills to engage with my work?

If your answer to these questions is yes, then apply the above suggestions to find common ground for a possible solution to your problem. We believe these suggestions would help you do something you hate.

References:

https://news.gallup.com/opinion/chairman/212045/world-broken-workplace.aspx?g_source=position1&g_medium=related&g_campaign=tiles

https://www.listchallenges.com/tasks-everyone-hates/stats

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Kalpataru Biswas

Kalpataru is a Software Sales, and Product Marketing professional. He writes on business development, personal development, personal finance, and career development. He has more than 10 years of experience in driving revenue through data-driven Sales & Marketing.