Do you complain about your job? I think most people do. But do you know the real source of your displeasure? And more importantly, are you ready to do something about it?
If you know you hate (not just dislike) your job, here are some reasons why along with solutions to the problem:
You’re bored. If you can do your job with your eyes closed, it may be time for you to look for a new challenge. Maybe you need a larger scope of responsibility. First try looking around in your current organization to see what opportunities may be available there. But if there are no opportunities coming available in the foreseeable future, you should start looking outside of the organization. Or, if you know that the organization where you are is your best option for now, then try to find something within the organization like mentoring or joining an organization-wide committee that will help you overcome your boredom. Everyone needs a new challenge sometime.
You’re getting pigeonholed into one area. Within any given field there are different areas of specialization. To be well-rounded, you may need to broaden your experience. Taking on a new role can give you experience in other areas so that you are not one-sided. See if you can take advantage of any opportunities to cross train so that you will not only be more valuable to the organization, but you can also position yourself to move into something else.
You know you can do more. If you have a nagging feeling that your current role is limiting and that you have much more that you can offer, it may be time to move on to a more challenging position that will stretch you. Don’t just sit there and complain. Get up and do something about it. First, identify what that next challenge looks like and then create a plan for getting there.
If you don’t make a move now, you are likely to get stuck in a rut. It’s easy for human beings to stick with the familiar. But if you don’t take the risk of looking for something new, you can easily become overcome with inertia and miss out on an exciting career. As a career coach it is sad for me to hear people near the end of their careers expressing regrets because they did not take advantage of opportunities while they were available. It’s good to try new things and see where they will lead you.
The stress level is unbearable. Sometimes organizations are unrealistic in their expectations of employees. Some organizations would rather burn out the employees that they have and demand that each person do the work of three or four people rather than bring on new hires. If your stress level is more than you can handle, for your health’s sake you need to find a better solution. Although there is obviously no perfect job or organization, you should try to find something that will not cost you your health.
The job is just a bad fit. Let’s face it. Sometimes your personality and values clash with those of the organization. No matter how hard you try, you will always be a square peg in a round hole in a company where you are very different from the other people around you. In this type of situation, the best case scenario is where you just feel uncomfortable. In the worst case scenario, you may be fired because you are a bad fit. Keep in mind that most people do not get fired because of poor performance. It is because there is not a good alignment between the person and the organization. Don’t wait until the company makes a decision about your employment there for you. Make plans to move on. But make sure you do your research on the new organization first so that you don’t jump from the proverbial frying pan into the fire.
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