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Mar 04

Do You Hate your Job? 6 Signs that it’s Time to Go

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Hate your job? Maybe it’s time to go.

Do you hate your job?

Do you suffer from Sunday Night Blues?  For those of you who do not know what this is, it’s an acute condition commonly seen on nine-to-five workers.  Others call it the “Sunday Night Dread”.

Simply put, this is the part when you’re already feeling depressed because when you wake up the next morning, it’s going to be the start of a new work week.  It’s common among many people including myself at one point in my life.

Did I hate my job back then?  Probably.  But then again even those who are comfortable in their present work also feel this from time to time.

For people who hate their jobs, this is a possible sign that you not only hate your job but you also want to take your talent somewhere else a la Lebron James.  But hating the job is just one thing.  Wanting to leave the job because you hate it is a whole new ballgame.  Below are 6 signs that say it’s probably time to go and look somewhere else and that staying is no longer a good idea.

 

Constant Unhappiness

If you are beginning to see everything that’s happening around you in the office on a negative light, you’ll probably need to consider packing your stuff already.  People who dislikes what they do will always try to look for a flaw to justify his frustration.  There must be a specific reason you are disappointed but if everything that surrounds your work gets you pissed, it’s time to go.

 

Misery

Happy people say: “Dear God, thank you for this morning”.  The miserable ones say:  “Good Lord it’s morning again”.

If you are miserable every morning because you dread going to work, it’s time to go.  Beginning your day with a negative mindset will not do you and your company any good.  If you bring this attitude to work, chances are you will not do your functions well and the company will be wasting their money on you.

 

Demotivation

You lack the drive to go beyond the call of duty.  You’re not setting your standards higher than what is expected and you’re not going the extra mile.  Your mindset is that as long as you’re doing what is required of you, you’re good to go.  You’re always checking the time because you can’t wait for your day in the office to be over.  As soon as the clock hits 5 PM, you’re out.

 

Irritability

When you’re forced to do something you do not like, you tend to lose your temper easily.  You have the tendency to over-react when you’re given an extra task when you’re still doing a previous one.  You get irritable when bothered by colleagues.  In some instances, you’re able to bring this attitude home and it affects your relationship with friends and family.

 

Frequent Complaining

Since you’re always seeing the negative, the next thing that will likely happen is that you will complain or vent out your frustrations to a friend or colleague.  You’ll find yourself always ranting about everything that does not conform to your expectations which can affect other people’s focus at work.

When you get home or go out with friends after work, you’re still complaining about it, trying to get affirmation from friends and family to validate your claim.

 

Unproductiveness

Instead of working hard, you spend your free time surfing the internet looking for a job and trying to let every moment pass by until five o’clock comes.  You’re not proactive and do not show initiative to help others.  Not only are you not helping the company earn money, you’re even wasting money by using company assets in non-work-related activities.

 

There are many reasons why you must hate your job.  It can be because of your boss, the workload, the expectation, your colleagues, or the pay.  If you are in an environment that does not bring out the best in you, it’s probably best to look for something where you would fit in better and flourish.  Find a job that you love or something that you are passionate about.

I went through these stages before and believe me, I was so miserable.  I wanted out but lady luck doesn’t seem to smile on me when I needed her to.  I even went through a brief moment of depression but I was lucky to have a very supportive wife who listened to me and stuck with me until I was able to transfer.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know that I’m an advocate of finding happiness and being positive but not all jobs fit us no matter how positive you would like to be.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.  Just like in relationships, some people are incompatible with one another.

Find a job that suits you well.  Find what you are really passionate about because work will feel like play if you like what you’re doing.  Of course there are other considerations like job stability or if the job can support your family’s needs but it’s not worth it to stay in a job that you hate so much.

Be in an environment that not only is good for you but also where you can be blessing to others.  A happy employee will benefit the company he works for because he’s always at his best.

 

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Noel Rosos

About Noel Rosos

Noel is a husband, father, author, performance coach and self-proclaimed FAILUROLOGIST who helps business owners and struggling individuals convert their failures into opportunities through inspiring blog posts, life-changing books and exceptional one-on-one coaching sessions

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  1. Cecil Wampler (@CecilWampler)

    Noel,

    Great article. It’s not always an easy option to just leave a job. People really need to identify the problem with the job or else it will be the same story at the next workplace. There will always be deadlines, a jerk boss, unreasonable expectations, etc.

    Before you consider leaving, you might first consider going to someone for assistance. Get reassigned to work in another department, get additional training to perform a task more efficiently, whatever.

    Just remember that whatever your work conditions are, there are a ton of people looking for work out there that would love your troubles. At least your bringing home a paycheck. Be smart, make sure you have your escape planned out before you exit.

    Cheers,
    Cecil

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Thank you for your comment Cecil! I couldn’t agree more. The best defense to grumptitude is gratitude. Most of us are lucky enough to have our own job so we have to learn to love it and not take it for granted. You are also right in saying that we need to identify the reason for our unhappiness and that quitting is not the answer because the same problems will just pop up in our future jobs.

  2. Steve Roy (@EndGrind)

    Hey Noel,
    This was me last year..all of them and many more. I love reading posts like these because there are so many people who are fucking miserable and don’t do anything about it! This is a wake up call and I hope people really take a hard look at their lives and realize there is so much more out there than a soul sucking job.

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Thanks for your comment Steve. Yes, the amount of people who hate their jobs is truly alarming, Would you believe that to date, this is my highest traffic post? I couldn’t agree more. Why stay in a job you hate when you can always move somewhere else where you can get the satisfaction you’re looking for. Job hunting has never been easy with the Internet now becoming a basic commodity.

  3. awazieikechi

    It is a difficult decision to leave your Job but then like you listed, it’s crazy to keep working in a place here you are not happy, productive and feel depressed. A great post

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Amen to that bro! Why keep working there if you hate it so much? You’ll just become negative and make others equally miserable by listening to you complain everyday. Thanks for reading y articles bro!

  4. Cielo Sky

    i will quit my job by the 1st month of this January 2015…. 4 out 6 touch me….. THis is It…. em not productive. anymore thou i have my freedom in this work i can do anything i like but still sitting till the 5 o’clock comes doing nothing… every morning so lazy to wake up i feel so stress…. hahaist….

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      I understand where you’re coming from Cielo. Been there, done that. It’s not about the money or security all the time. What good is having a job if you’re always miserable?

  5. Pamina Mullins

    I think most of us have had at least one experience like this Noel and I agree with all you say – the cost of staying can be high. But equally Cecil makes a good point. It is not always possible. Certainly not immediately. But there is another side to this, and that’s a change of attitude. We’re always going to experience situations that we wouldn’t have chosen, and if you quit as soon as this happens a) you’re going to be quitting a lot which provides negative feedback and a sense of failure b) you will miss the chance to find something of value in a not so great situation that could help you in the long run and c) sometimes reframing the situation and learning to react to it differently can completely transform a job or at the very least make it a lot less painful.

    The trick is to find the balance…..

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      I definitely agree Pamina that we should consider a change in attitude and be grateful for having a job because not everyone’s blessed to have one but I guess what this blog post was written for are those who are at the end of the rope. Those who are already so miserable and just outright done and beyond saving. I guess what I’m trying to convey here is that we all have to go with what would make us happy and fulfilled and that if you really hate the job so bad, you need to start devising a plan for your escape but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be reckless and just quit without thinking about it.

      Appreciate your comment as always Pamina.

      Cheers!

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