You spend so much of your life at work. So when your job isn’t working for you, it’s more than a mere inconvenience. The day-in and day-out misery you feel can affect every part of your life — even your sleep.
But before you go running for the shiny “new job” door, you might want to look at what’s really going on. And if there’s anything you can do to fix it right where you are.
Possible reasons your job isn’t working
Here are some things that may be causing you to feel your job isn’t working for you. And don’t forget … there may be more than one reason at play.
- Daily tasks are boring to you. Maybe you took the job just for the money, hoping you’d get into it. But as time goes on, you want to scream “I’m so bored!!!”
- You find that the company business doesn’t appeal to you. Again, you may have needed a job. But as you look around for better opportunities where you are, nothing grabs you.
- Coworkers are annoying. Well, this can happen even in a job you otherwise like. And as much as you try to ignore them, your workdays become about them, rather than you and your needs.
- Boss treats you badly. Especially frustrating in a job you like. As much as you would like to make it work, you have a boss who makes you crazy.
- No growth potential. You’re doing your job well. And your boss considers you valuable — in that role. But you see no path up for you.
- You don’t know enough to do your job well. You were hired with a promise of training, but there never was. Or you’re expected to do a job you don’t have enough knowledge / skills to do well. And it’s frustrating.
- Job is too simple. Opposite of the last one, you can do the job really well. And, as far as you’re concerned, it offers no challenge or chance for anything different to happen.
- Conditions are bad (long hours, long commute, etc.) We take a job for all kinds of reasons. Often, just knowing there’s a paycheck coming feels good. But then harsh reality sets in.
- Not enough money. Maybe you started too low to begin with. Or haven’t been able to get good raises. You feel undervalued — and each paycheck just rubs it in.
- And simplest of all … it’s just the wrong job. It sounded good on paper. Maybe something you always wanted to try that just doesn’t work for you in real life. Or it isn’t anything like they told you it would be. Whatever the reason, you want out asap!
Always look for what you can change for yourself
before you look to leave!
Do you expect your job to be right for you as is?
Unlike popular brand items developed to be great right out of the box, jobs usually don’t come that way. Even the best of jobs can come with glitches.
But, as with new people (think job interviews and first dates), that doesn’t always mean it’s wrong for you. And it doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to make it right — or righter. At least for now.
So if your job isn’t working for you, don’t give up hope yet. While it’s always a good idea to have an up-to-date resume (and LinkedIn profile), it also pays to ask: “Is there anything I can do to make things better?”
With that in mind …
Some articles to help:
And just in case you do need to leave