1. March 2010 09:44
–verb (used with object)
to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest.
A very happy Monday to you all.
This week I really want to find out how you all are? I'm willing to bet that a lot of you have got that Monday feeling, yes you know the one- where you struggle to get out of bed, where there's just not enough caffeine in the office to perk you up, and where you're more likely to snap at that overly perky member of staff, who always seems far too chirpy at 9 in the morning. I'm also willing to bet that the volume of people that feel angry about their job/boss/other employees sky rockets to a crescendo on a Monday. After the weekend it can often be difficult to slip back into your normal working regime, especially if you aren't feeling happy at work in the first place.
In one of my blog posts I talked about social media, and how one tweet or facebook status update can get you into a lot of trouble at work. If yousearch Twitter for 'I hate my job' or 'I hate my boss' you get a lot ofresults- and probably more than most happen on a Monday.
But what if your job discontentment becomes more than a Monday ritual?
Everyone can have a bad day. An employee might make a comment that you don't like, your boss might ask you to do something you're not comfortable with, or you might just have gotten out of bed on the wrong side. But how many of us actually hate our jobs. And I mean hate. Hateis a very strong word but it is something that spills off people's tongues pretty quickly when talking about their job.
Whether on Facebook, Twitter, or on Internet forums (just googling 'I hate my job' brings up hundreds of unhappy jobseekers on a variety of forum/comment based websites) The web is just screaming with job discontent from thousands of disgruntled employees.
So what can you do, besides tell the entire world you are unhappy?
If all you want to do is rant, rave and moan about your job to all who will listen;the question you need to ask yourself is- why are you still there? If you are truly discontent, perhaps it is time to start looking fora new job, or alternatively resolving the internal issues you have at work.
Evaluate your decision
So you've decided you hate your job. How long have you hated it? Is it because of the work; the people; a situation that has arisen recently? Is it something that can be resolved by discussing a problem with your boss? Once you work out the answers to all of these questions it will be a lot easier to plan a suitable course of action.
1. Hating the work. If you have decided that although you might likethe company, the work just isn't for you, then it sounds like you mightbe in the wrong career. Some experts suggest that it is normal to change your career direction as many as five times before you find the ideal career, so don't worry about trying new things. Think about what you'd like to do, and start researching different jobs and roles until you find something that's right for you.
2. Resolving your issues. You may have realised that your job discontent only started whenPhil from accounts began piling all that extra work on you. And it's not even your job to finish it. This could be an issue that can be resolved internally. Find out who you can talk to- whether it's HR, yourline manager, your boss or a supervisor, and see if you can't resolve these issues by highlighting your concerns.
3. Deciding to leave. If you do not foresee a solution to your work problems, then it might just be time to leave. Assess the positive and negative aspects of your job to decide whether you want a complete career overhaul or just a different company. Don't resign yourself to staying in a job you dislike, make the decision to start looking for a better job, and say goodbye to your work rants for good.
Remember, your job is where you spend a good proportion of your time- so it's important to make sure you're happy. Even as we're emerging from the dreaded recession, it is still possible to change your career path or find a better job, so don'tbe disheartened by office blues, and take a proactive approach to solving your working woes!
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