Do you dread going to work every morning? Don’t worry, you are not alone, a survey conducted by CPL Recruitment found that 52% of Irish people are unhappy with their current jobs. But even though you know you hate the job, you probably feel stuck. You’ve got bills and responsibilities and you know that you can’t leave until you find another job. This article will give you some useful tips to cope with your current job.
1. Diagnose the Problem
It sounds quite obvious but it’s often overlooked. We can get so wrapped up in how frustrated or miserable we are, that we forget to analyse the cause of this misery. To do this, you can start by writing down all the things that you dislike and like (if there’s anything that you like) about your job. Then you categorise the things you dislike into the following categories – major problems and minor problems. For example, major problems include factors such as mistreatment/bullying from co-workers and managers, actively disliking most of your responsibilities and unbearable workloads.
2. Don’t avoid the tough conversations
Now that you have identified the major problems, you need to try and change them. To change them, you need to talk to the relevant people. Maybe you used to like working for your company but have hated it since your current boss was appointed, you could find out if you can get a transfer to work for someone else. Or maybe the workload has become unbearable, you could talk to your boss and see if any adjustments can be done. I know this sounds intimidating but you have to do this. Managers and companies know that unhappy employees and turnover are bad for their business. It may feel like your boss or your employer wants to make your life a living hell, and while that is possible, it might not be the case. Your boss might simply not realise that he/she is mistreating you or that you are overworked. If you don’t tell them, how will they know? However, if you have vigorously tried to resolve these major problems to no avail, it is time to work on how you can cope with this job before finding something better.
3. Connect your job to other values
If you can’t find anything that you like about your current job, then try connecting it to other values.
For example, if you value providing financial support for your family, then you can focus on how your current job allows you to do that. You can put photos of your loved ones on your screensaver and look at these photos to remind yourself why you stick around in this workplace. Or maybe you value spending time with your family and your current employer is located very close to your family. Every evening, you can remind yourself that this job allows you to do that.
4. Remind yourself that this is temporary
It might be tough but if you find ways to remind yourself that this is only temporary, it’ll be easier to get through the week. The average person now has 12 jobs in and 5 careers in their working life. Changing jobs every few years has become common practice so you don’t need to be afraid that you’ll be stuck in your current role forever.
5. Put your job in perspective
According to the UN, 2.7 billion people struggle to survive on less than two dollars a day and 1 billion people have to survive on less than a dollar a day. There are billions of people who wish they had your job and your living standards. While you owe it to yourself to pursue a career that you’ll enjoy and do well in, putting your current job in perspective will help you to cope until you find something better.
6. Focus on your life outside of work
You are stuck in work for 8 -9 hours a day and the rest of the time is yours. When you let your terrible job take over your life, you’re letting your employer steal your time without paying for it. When you have an active social life outside of work, it makes dealing with the stress of work more manageable.
7. Exercise regularly
Regular exercise will not only help you to become fitter and live longer, it can also enhance your ability to deal with stress. Stress not only affects your mind, it affects your body as well. So it makes sense that when your body feels better, your mind will as well. Exercise produces endorphins that make your body feel better and studies that aerobic exercise decreases overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. The good news is that you don’t need to become a marathon runner to gain the stress-busting effects of exercise as even walking will suffice.
8. Don’t let your performance dip
When people are unhappy at work, they are much more likely to tune out, lash out at co-workers, show up late and not perform to the best of your abilities. Even if you know you are leaving your current job, you don’t want to leave on bad terms. Also, how you perform in your current role could determine the next job that you get. Use that as a motivator to keep your performance up.
9. Develop a plan to get a new job
To find out a new job that you’ll enjoy and do well in, you need to work out the following:
1. The types of careers and roles you’ll enjoy and do well in
2. How you get into those jobs
Once you have worked out those two steps, you can start setting tangible goals to get a new job. By setting goals and meeting them on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, you’ll have something to feel good about. The goals can range from learning a new skill that you need to sending out your CV and cover letter to a number of potential employers.
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