by Nancy Yu
Let’s face it – you hate your job. Not only do you dread walking in the office Monday mornings, but you also spend the next four days wondering if it’s Friday. You feel unsatisfied with your employment and this frustration is seeping into your personal life – plagued by restless nights and constant dissatisfaction during the day. You want to leave, but you haven’t figured out where you are going next. Are you ready for consequence of walking away from a stable job? The risks are too great and you’re not ready. Or are you? Take a deep breathe and let’s think about it. Ask yourself these four questions.
What is the source of your unhappiness?
It’s easy to say that you hate your job, but what exactly about your job do you hate? Is it the position that you dislike? Is it your employer? Is this a recent development or have you always disliked your job? Pinpoint exactly what it is about your employment that is the cause of your unhappiness. Identifying the problem is the first step in finding a solution.
Can you fix it?
If the problem lies with your employer, then perhaps there’s a way to resolve your frustration without leaving your current employment. Does your employer know that you are miserable? If you are overwhelmed at work, perhaps having a discussion with your boss about the workload will create a healthier work environment for you. If you have a problem with one of your co-workers, your management or human resources may be able to provide a fair resolution. If you believe you are being undercompensated, then this is definitely a concern that needs to be brought up with your manager or supervisor. In an ideal world, your employer would take the time to walk up to you and ask how you are doing. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t always happen. So before you decide to walk away, think about what you’re leaving behind and if it truly is an unrectifiable and intolerable situation. Rather than let your frustration consume you, take the initiative – speak up. If you don’t communicate your needs, they won’t be met. It’s as simple as that.
What if it can’t be fixed?
Being underwhelmed and feeling unchallenged is something that is difficult to fix. If you’ve already spoken to your employer about taking on a more stimulating role and haven’t seen any results, then perhaps you should start looking outside. But before you bid your job and salary goodbye, venture out there and test the waters a bit. If you’re thinking about a new career path, consider taking on a side gig and see if it brings you happiness. It’s a smart way to test something new without giving up what you have.
What else is out there?
Start taking a look at what other opportunities are out there. Truly assess whether it is a worthwhile decision to leave. What if you are offered a new position elsewhere that comes with more responsibility, but similar pay? Is the grass really greener on the other side?
Use this time to ramp up your networking, expand your skill set, polish your interview skills, and really think about what you want your future to look like. Be selective and take your time so that you make the best of your current situation as well as successfully prepare for what’s next in your career.
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