August 20th, 2010

Signs You May Have “I Hate My Job” Syndrome

Despite the amount of unemployed people in America, there are some individuals that may dread every moment they have to be at work. While the less fortunate often covet the employed, the grass is not always greener on the other side. Honestly, the grass may not even grow on the other side.

Many people may have taken jobs just because it was the only one they could secure or they just needed the income. Regardless of the reasoning, your job can make you more miserable than you would be if you were unemployed and we all know sitting on the couch for free is no day in the park!

I’m definitely not saying you should up and quit your job because you hate it, but try taking some steps to find out why you hate it and then see if there is a resolution that will make your work experience more pleasant.

Even if you just so happen to be exempt from this experience at the moment, surely you know someone suffering from the below symptoms of “I Hate My Job Syndrome.”

You call out frequently: Taking an occasional sick day may be fine, but if you find that you call out “just because,” then maybe it’s time to change jobs. Your job may stress you out so much, you may not even want to be there. In fact, continuing to go to work may cause you to increase your stress levels. Oftentimes, you may think staying home to take a “break” from the environment is helpful, but most likely, the cycle of stress will continue when you return.

The simplest things make you mad: In the past, I recall seeing a woman asking a co-worker for the time  and before she could finish her question, the individual commenced to yelling at her as if she said something offensive. I knew this person hated their job and I encouraged them to evaluate their perception of their job and the environment. If you feel this way, you need to locate, then rectify, the “real” cause behind your anger. If you find yourself walking around madd at everyone that you pass in the office, maybe its time to keep it moving.

You use work time for personal tasks: Everyone has taken a few moments during their day to check their Facebook, Twitter and text messages, but if you are engaging in more personal activity than work-related tasks…. Ummmm. Right! Maybe you’re not motivated to do your job because you don’t like what you do. If this is the case, find what you do like – and pursue it. There’s no point in wasting your company’s and your time.

You go to the bathroom – to cry: I understand that jobs can be stressful, but if you take frequent trips to the restroom  to cry and not  to use it, I’d be a little worried. I think it’s pretty obvious that if you are often drawn to tears because of your job, something needs to change – immediately! I’ve heard people say that it makes you tougher and more driven, but I beg to differ. A nervous breakdown could be next.

You tell everyone you’re quitting – but never do: If you tell all of your friends and family members that you are about to quit, all the time and never quit, maybe it’s time to keep your word. It may make you feel better to say you are leaving your job, but make sure you are taking the necessary steps toward the transition. Sometimes, if you keep telling your subconscious you are quitting and never end up following through, you may be making matters worse – for yourself.

In everything you do, be wise and do your research before you make any major decisions in life. However, your health is the most important thing. Make sure the environments you choose to work in are conducive to productivity, progression and longevity. If any opposition persists, feel free to transfer from “I Hate My Job Syndrome” to the “I Finally Left My Job Syndrome.”

About the Author

Ronn Richardson
Ronn Richardson is a young PR professional from NYC who is determined to learn as much as he can despite any barriers that try to hinder him. Eager to see a change in the types of online publications that college students, young professionals and new-school entrepreneurs visit, he conceived Socialtik Mag.



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