In the first part of 10 reasons why you probably hate your job I looked at the fact that working long hours, being bored in your job or working somewhere that doesn’t match your ethical values, could all be contributory factors as to why you may hate your job.
Below are a further five reasons why you may hate your job :
Hate your job: 6. You are getting into bad habits
You may be working in an office environment where your bad habits are acceptable. But traits such as arriving late or leaving early, taking over-long lunches with a pint or two or getting easily distracted by office chat will ultimately lead to you disliking your job.
You should be self-disciplined and realise that this kind of behaviour in the workplace is unacceptable and will ultimately lead to an unfulfilling career. Alternatively you will hopefully have strong enough management in place to kick you into place and eliminate those bad habits that threaten to stifle your future career.
Hate your job: 7. Your career is stagnating
Another reason you may hate your current job is simply that you feel there is no prospect of advancing through the ranks of the company. Ideally you should always get back from a job as much as you put in, but if your workplace doesn’t offer these promotion opportunities despite your hard work and dedication to the cause, then perhaps it’s time to take stock and figure out whether this is the right company for you.
Hate your job: 8. The job description has changed over time
I’ve sat through an interview before and been promised that if I took the position that I would have creative license to change the direction of the marketing. The reality is that when I took the job, the business were incredibly resistant to change and didn’t see the value in changing from an outbound to an inbound marketing strategy.
And that can often be the problem. The role you think you were hired for has morphed into something else entirely and like me, you may feel that your skill set isn’t being utilised in the right way. I can never do a role where I feel I’m simply crossing off tasks. Unless I feel I can stamp some of my personality and direction to a role, then I’m usually off and looking for a challenge elsewhere.
Hate your job: 9. The company outlook does not match your own
It can make a significant difference to your working day if your own outlook doesn’t match the company’s long-term goals. For instance, you may feel, as I do, that direct mail doesn’t really have a place in modern marketing. But if the company you are working for are blinkered in their approach and refuse to join the digital revolution, then you may feel frustrated and restricted in your role.
And if you feel you’re not having any real impact on the company’s directional strategy, then you have to ask yourself if you’re happy to plod along or whether you need a change to get your career moving in the right direction.
Hate your job: 10. It just all feels a bit pointless
Do you feel like you go through the nine to five drudgery and then get home feeling like you achieved nothing over the working day? You’re not alone, and there is certainly a section of society that are quite happy to do a ‘job’ and switch off at the end of the working day.
But if you crave a job with some substance but feel you are a faceless corporate cog working away in a grey cubicle, this may be yet another factor as to why you probably hate your job. You may need to find a job that offers you a little bit more meaning to your work.
I’ve moved from a job that felt pointless to one where I felt I was helping shape the company’s future success. The feeling that a job is fulfilling and rewarding can make such a massive difference and will certainly help you get out of bed in the morning.
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