How many times has someone said that to you or how often have you said that yourself? The usual reaction or response is to try and find another job however a more realistic option and satisfying option may simply be to change your attitude, change your viewpoint to your current job.
The reality is we cannot change a lot of things that happen around us but we CAN change the way we respond to them. Think about how this may apply to your work situation.
Common situations that cause unhappiness at work and how to change them!
- The boss ( or other colleagues) are difficult – they don’t like me! they expect me to do everything! they are never satisfied with what I do!
TACTICS – first thing to acknowledge is that this is actually not personal even though it can feel like it. It will only become personal if you react emotionally. Be open and honest with the person causing you grief and explain that you are wanting to do better and how could they help you do this. This will often diffuse the situation and open more effective lines of communication.
2. Hours of work – The hours are too long, start too early, work too late!
TACTICS – analyse the reason behind the hours. Is it that you must be at work these hours? Is it because there is too much work to do in the allocated time? Are you work practices efficient? First thing is to make sure you are being as efficient as possible. Maybe consider doing a time management course – look at things like use of emails, time spent with customers/other staff/ coffee breaks. Keep a record of time spent on different tasks and see where the time is going. Sometimes with greater efficiency you can negotiate your work hours accordingly.
3. Travel stress – does it take you too long to get to and from work?
TACTICS – look at all the travel options. Could you car pool? take public transport? adjust start and finish times to avoid peak travel times? Consider negotiating some work from home options sometimes.
4. Nature of work – too challenging? too boring?
TACTICS – what are the options in your workplace to change or adapt your role to make is more or less challenging? Consider enrolling in a course that will develop your skills and knowledge to help you in your current job or prepare you for the next step. Talk to your supervisor about your concerns and goals!
It is good to talk to a friend, a colleague or a career counsellor to help you work through your options. Life is too short to be in a job your hate!