Every Job comes with bad passes. Maybe your cool boss leaves, and you have to adjust to a new manager. Mayhap business starts booming, which is good news—but the side effect is that you're required to put in extra hours and meet more fussy deadlines. Or maybe you take on a new position and learn many new skills in a hurry to get up to speed. There are many situations in which your Job gets challenging, but not indubitably worse. And then there are the instances when you flat-out hate your Job.
Being able to tell the difference is essential. You can't quit a job that's yet getting you where you want to in your career, only because things are a bit more complicated momentarily. There may be a way you could learn to like your job even if it doesn't right now. At the same time, it's a bad idea to stay in a job you hate any longer than you have to till you can find a new, more promising one. Hanging on to bad work conditions can lead to burnout, and it may be time to move forward.
So how would you know when you really, genuinely hate your Job? Look for these signs.
Even while working at your dream job and love almost everything you do, Sunday nights are tough. It's common to feel a slight pang of regret as the weekend draws to a close call and the Monday-morning to-do list looms. But when the Sunday Night What-Ifs become an every-night occurrence, it's a good bet that your Job is the problem.
Do you have any aches and pains that weren't there a couple of months ago? Are you having difficulty sleeping? Has your appetite changed? These are all physical symptoms of depression, according to Psychologists. That doesn't mean that your Job is to condemn, but if everything else in your life is the same as before apart from your job conditions, it's worth asking if work is the problem. In any case, it's quintessential to get evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.
Every day at work doesn't have to be a party, but something's not right if you're not excited about your Job. You work for many reasons—to get a paycheck, to use your skills and talents, maybe to help other people, or achieve things most people can't. But without some purpose and passion for work, you'll burn out in a hurry.
Maybe you're making minor mistakes that you ordinarily would never make, or perhaps you're less committed to your work and hence less efficient. But if you feel like you're not good at the Job as you used to be, then you might consider whether it's time for a change.
A little whining about work never hurt anyone. All things considered that you're doing your complaining to a trusted friend, not a colleague who might be your boss someday. But if you're spending most of your time venting about your job, consider whether the good still outweighs the bad.
It's easy to give something your full attention when you're engaged with it. Beyond that, hating your Job takes much energy. If you abhor your work right now, you probably don't have much energy left over for your actual duties.
Desserts are no longer your occasional treat. Comfort food is on the menu three times a day. And a cocktail hour has become a cocktail evening and night. Meantime, you aren't getting much exercise these days. And all this makes you feel pretty resentful, truth to be told.
Money isn't everything, but it's difficult to pay the bills without it. Farther on, it's hard to feel appreciated when your paycheck has stayed the same while your job responsibilities have increased. Plus, if you don't get regular raises due to inflation, you're earning less than you were a few years ago.
Perhaps it's because you're depressed and don't have the energy, or it's because you work so much that you don't have time for hobbies or spend quality time with friends and family. Whatever might be the reason, it's not a good sign.
The paradox of being stuck in a job you hate is that it tends to eat up your every waking moment—even if you don't have a boss who calls you at home or emails you at 3 am. Good jobs allow for proper work-life balance, which means unplugging from work to enjoy your life. Find that you're constantly ruminating about work—or continuously working when you're supposed to be enjoying time off. That might be time to move on.
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