The expectations at work are too heavy, and happiness is an afterthought
I’ve always felt like my life was mapped out for me, which left little to no room for spontaneity or the unexpected. Despite having good college grades and test scores, I’ve never truly felt like I’ve found my path. I don’t know what I want to do with my life, and that’s problematic for me, because I never tend to go against the grain and always do what’s expected of me. Deep down I think I’m still looking for my way in life, but the pressure weighing on me means I’ve backed myself into a corner; quite literally an office corner decorated with an artificial plant that I despise.
My educational background mixed with my demanding parents meant that failure was never an option for me, and my LinkedIn profile can attest to that. In short, being an unemployed graduate wasn’t exactly something that sat well with me. I needed to follow a traditional working route that would seem impressive to other people and preferably one which involved lots of acronyms too; SEO, SEM, SMO, I’ve got them covered. I’ve never had the courage to take the time needed to discover my true calling, and my need to please have backfired on me. Plus, in this economy, I’d rather have a job than no job.
The constant objectives drive me crazy
When I hear other people discussing job satisfaction, I feel so disconnected. I hate working, and I think part of that comes from the fact that toxic managers demand more and more from you for the same measly paycheck every month. As if the pressure wasn’t already intense enough, my boss sets me unrealistic targets every trimester. I’d probably have more chances of beating Usain Bolt in a race than realizing them! Corporate organizations always want more! That’s right, it isn't enough that you already spend the best part of your life slaving away to finance their expensive vacations, they want fancy cars and clothes too, so you’d best pull your finger out!
My boss does nothing but demotivate me
My work environment is competitive, and my boss is pretty much the most toxic person I’ve ever met. The constant string of passive-aggressive emails, meetings, and phone calls are all just too much at certain points. I’m never made to feel like I’m good enough or that my efforts are appreciated. No matter what I do, or how hard I work, my manager is never satisfied and always finds faults in my performances. Our relationship is so up and down, that I never really know what side of him I’ll be up against. I'm actually surprised I haven't been fired three times over!
Working suppresses my creativity
I’ve come to the conclusion that spending virtually all of my time in front of a computer screen, doing something I don’t enjoy, in an environment that I hate is definitely no good for me. I don’t feel good about myself and this is having a negative impact on the things that I love. My job seems to be taking over my life, and I’m not okay with this! It’s time I reconnected with my old self, which is why I’ve decided to put this saga behind me and find something that suits me. Although, before launching my job search, I think I definitely need to decide what makes me happy and where I’d feel more comfortable.
What to do when you hate your job and can’t quit - 5 Tips
Although many of us have no doubt fantasized many a time about storming into a directors’ meeting and slamming our resignation on the marble table, the reality is that this scenario will remain a distant dream for most of us. What with today’s economic climate, rising unemployment, sky-high inflation, ridiculous rent prices, and the general cost of living, lots of us will have to stick with the jobs we so desperately despise. However, just because you hate what you do for work, it doesn’t mean that you have to go in filled with dread and anxiety every day.
Even if you can’t quit, you can make your time there much more bearable by following these 5 simple tips;
- 1) Get to know your coworkers - Making friends there will give you a whole new support network, plus, who knows they might even be in the same situation as you.
- 2) Take your foot off the gas - Reduce the amount of pressure you put on yourself, and you’ll soon feel brighter about the working day.
- 3) Take regular breaks - Taking a break every few hours will not only clear your mind, but will also make the time fly past too!
- 4) Call a meeting with your boss - No, not to tell them that you quit (if only), but to discuss how you are feelings and what changes can be made to ensure your wellbeing.
- 5) Go for a walk at lunchtime - You’ll get those all-important steps in, plus, you’ll distract yourself from the prospect of facing another afternoon there.
Editor’s advice: Don’t let the job you hate ruin your life
Finding the right path for you might take some time, but investing in yourself is the best way to discover what will give you the feeling of fulfillment. If you find yourself jumping from job to job, don’t beat yourself up because the extra experiences will eventually lead you to finding your calling. We are all different, so avoid comparing yourself to your friends who have everything figured out; instead put yourself first and do you! The important thing to retain is that a bad work environment is harmful, but that doesn't mean you should feel powerless, because you’re not, it’s just a question of being brave and slamming that door shut!
🤗 Understand yourself, accept yourself, be happy... Let’s do it here and now!
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