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What Should I Do if I Hate my Job?

Monday, 29 Nov 2010 03:26 PM

“I hate my job” is probably one of the most commonly and frequently used phrases. Here are some things to consider if you hate your job:
1. Determine the reason for hatred: Most people who say “I hate my job” are not clear as to why they hate their job. They may hate the job location, the  facility, their coworkers, a particular coworker, or even the boss. The hatred could also be due to the travel time, the clients or customers they deal with, or a pay check that seems inadequate. Another major reason in most cases is work related stress. One needs to understand that all jobs come with their own set of stress factors. So, the stress factors need to be identified, accepted, and mitigated.

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2. How to deal with the “I hate my job” feeling: See what, if anything, can be done to better the situation. If the employer is based out of several locations, one can request to be transferred to a different location. This can be accomplished by moving to a different project under a different boss. One could also move closer to the workplace to minimize travel time, request a different desk, or avoid annoying coworkers. If you cannot deal with a difficult boss or difficult customers, you can discuss your dissatisfaction with the HR manager.
3. Say “I love my job”: It is a human tendency to exaggerate negative feelings. There are very few people who say “I love my job,” although there are many who do love their job. Many do not express their interest or love for their job. However, people are very vocal about hatred. Believing in “I love my job” and saying that out loud several times improves ones mindset and outlook toward a job and helps one cope up with the situation
4. Job help: If work stress is the reason behind your feelings for hating your job, you can opt for job help, an additional training program conducted by some employers and private training companies. These programs are aimed at skill enhancement, time management, and efficient ways of doing a job alternatively. One can also seek job help from coworkers. 
 5. New job: Those who hate their jobs because the job profile does not match their interests, need to pursue their interests and find a new job in a field that they would like to work in. If you hate your job because you feel the pay is inadequate, you can choose to improve your skills and look for a new job that offers better pay. 
 Most importantly, a few improvement strategies and a more positive outlook toward one’s job can make all the difference.

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