In any career, working full-time isn't always a breeze. DailyWorth has compiled a list of eight common reasons why people are unhappy at work and ways to resolve those issues.
You hate your boss. Your co-workers give you the cold shoulder. Your to-do list is either painfully boring or terrifyingly long. These sound like valid reasons to hate your job. But in truth, they’re only the surface cause of your misery. Dig deeper, and you’ll discover underlying reasons you’re unhappy at work that are, fortunately, fixable.
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“The ‘I hate my job because (fill in the blank)’ usually exists because too much time has passed where the ‘blank’ has gone unattended to,” says human resources expert Tiffani Murray. “Or other circumstances make the ‘blank’ appear bigger than it ought to be. Stepping back, assessing where you want to be in your job and career, and digging deeper into the hatred is the way to find resolution and determine a next step.”
Keep reading for eight reasons you might be unhappy at work — and how to solve them.
What You Say: “I’m Bored at Work.”
The Real Reason: Your efforts have been unrecognized.
The Symptoms: You feel unmotivated. You seek out diversions to real work, such as updating social media or shopping a flash sale.
The Solution: Seek out feedback.
If you’re bored at work, it could be because you’ve been doing the same thing for too long and you’re ready for a change. Or it could be that you feel no matter how hard you work, you never get that “atta girl!” you deserve. If either is the case, seeking out feedback from your boss is a way to end this morale killer.
“A lot of times, a supervisor is not aware that someone is looking to move up the ladder,” Murray says. “If you don’t say anything, and you appear to be doing your job well, the thought usually is ‘let’s keep that person in that job.’ You have to take the initiative and let your boss know, ‘I want more opportunities to learn more things.’”
So the next time you submit that big project and get zero feedback in return, don’t let it discourage you. Instead, ask your boss what she thought of it and ask her for something more challenging next time around.
What You Say: “The Hours Are Too Long.”
The Real Reason: You’re overloaded with responsibilities but are afraid to push back and say, “No, I can’t take on more.”
The Symptoms: You’re the first in and/or the last to leave, and even when you’re not at work, you have a Pavlovian response to the “ding” from your smartphone.
The Solution: Talk to your boss about suggestions on ways to better organize and prioritize your workload.
“Some people don’t know how to say ‘no’ to added responsibilities, and with the way the economy has been, there’s been a lot of fear around saying ‘no,’” says Murray. “But now that the economy is turning around, tell your boss you need to discuss your workload and get better ideas on how to organize it.”
Ideally, having this conversation will open your boss’s eyes to exactly how much you have to get done — and how impossible that is within a 40-hour workweek. Also, she might give you guidance on what to prioritize and what deadlines can be spaced out a bit more. This can give you some much-needed breathing room (and some recognition from a supervisor who might not have realized how much you’ve been working).
Read on for more.