Every job comes with ups and downs. Maybe your awesome colleague leaves, and you have to adjust to a new boss. Perhaps business starts booming, which is good news—but the side effect is that you’re required to work over hours and meet tougher deadlines. Or maybe you take on a new role and have to learn a lot of new skills in a hurry in order to get up to speed. There are a lot of situations in which your job gets harder, but not necessarily worse. And then there are the times when you feel it's not the right job, the right environment or you want more for your future.
Of course you don’t want to quit a job that’s still getting you where you want to go in your career, just because things are a bit more difficult right at this moment. There could be a way you could learn to love your job even if it doesn't feel like it right now. On the other hand, it’s a bad idea to stay in a job you hate any longer than you have to (read: until you can find a new, more promising job). Hanging on to a bad work situation can lead to burnout, and it may be time to move on.
So how do you know when you really, truly hate your job? Look for these 10 signs.
1. You Have To Push Yourself Going To Work Every Day....
Even when you’re working at your dream job, and love almost everything about what you do, sometimes you need to push yourself to go to work. It’s normal to feel a little twinge of regret specially when a big to-do list looms. But when this feeling become an every-night occurrence, it’s a good bet that your job is the problem.
2. Your Body Is Telling You That It's About Time...
Do you have aches and pains that weren’t there a few months ago? Are you having trouble sleeping? Has your appetite changed? These are all physical symptoms of depression. That doesn’t mean that your job is to blame, of course, but if everything else in your life is the same and your job has changed, it’s worth asking whether work is the problem. (And in any case, it’s essential to get evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.)
3. You’re Not Excited About Your Job Anymore..
Every day at work doesn’t have to feel like a party, but if you’re never excited about your job, something’s wrong. You work for many reasons—to keep a roof over your head, to use your skills and talents, perhaps to help others or achieve things most people can’t. But without some sense of purpose and passion for work, you’ll burn out in a hurry.
4. You’re Not as Good at Your Job as You Used to Be...
Maybe you’re making little mistakes that you ordinarily would never make, or maybe you’re less engaged with your work and therefore less effective. But if you feel like you’re not good at your job—and you used to be confident that you were!—you might consider whether it’s time for a change.
5. You Spend a Lot of Time Venting About Work...
A little griping about work never hurt anyone. (Provided that you’re doing your complaining to a trusted friend, not a coworker who might be your boss someday.) But if you’re spending a lot of your time venting about your job, consider whether the good still outweighs the bad.
6. You Find It Harder to Concentrate or Focus On Task...
Obviously, it’s easier to give something your full attention when you’re engaged with it. Beyond that, hating your job takes a lot of energy. If you loathe your work right now, you probably don’t have a lot of energy left over for your actual duties.
7. Your Vices Have Multiplied
Cookies are no longer a sometimes treat. Comfort food is on the menu three times a day. And cocktail hour has become cocktail evening and night. Meanwhile, you aren’t getting much exercise these days, and the last time you saw a vegetable, it was in a public service message plastered to the wall by your bus stop. (And it made you feel pretty resentful, truth to be told.)
8. You Haven’t Had a Raise in a Long, Long Time...
Money isn’t everything, but it’s hard to pay the electric bill without it. Beyond that, it’s hard to feel appreciated when your paycheck has stayed the same while your job requirements have increased. Plus, thanks to inflation, if you don’t get regular raises, you’re actually earning less than you were a few years ago.
9. You Don’t Have the Time or Energy for Your Outside Interests...
Maybe it’s because you’re depressed and don’t have the energy, or maybe it’s because you work so much that you don’t have time to engage in hobbies or spend time with friends and family. Whatever the reason, it’s not a good sign.
10. You Feel Like You’re Always at Work, Even on Your Day Off
The irony of being stuck in a job you hate is that it tends to consume 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 true work-life balance, which means being able to unplug from work to enjoy your life. If you find that you’re always ruminating about work—or actually working, when you’re meant to be enjoying time off—it might be time to move on and invest in yourself and treat yourself with a career coaching.
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