Most people today are making a living stuck in a job which is killing them!
Every once in a while you hear a friend or a colleague rant about how much they hate their job, and we all laugh over it.
As it has become an accepted fact that the sole purpose of a job is to pay bills, that’s why when someone gets a new job, we ask how much are you getting paid and not if they like it there?
I mean yes, your job should pay your bills, but it should fill more than just your pockets.
You must have heard a lot of people mention how working in a job you love will help you excel in your career. But very little is talked about working at a job that you hate, and why you shouldn’t?
If we take out the sleeping time; you spend over 40% of your day at work. And that’s way too much to settle for a job you feel stuck at. It’s more than just dropped performance and productivity.
What commonly starts with damaging career habits like;
- your brain starting to make all sort of excuses in the morning to avoid going to work because you don’t want to face your job,
- doing a bare minimum amount of work just to avoid getting fired, or
- waiting all day for the clock to tick six so you can leave
If you feel stuck in your job or ever did earlier, you felt these lines.
Unfortunately feeling stuck in your job costs you more than just decreased productivity, if you continue working a job you hate; it may end with some lasting medical conditions.
One out of every two people in corporate India suffers from anxiety or depression, these are some alarming manifestations.
Unsatisfactory work environments; be it lack of appreciation, disrespectful authorities, not liking your work or even just job uncertainty can engender high levels of frustration and stress leading to weight fluctuations, burnout, depression, anxiety, somatization and ultimately affecting your quality of life.
If you feel trapped in your job, it’s likely that you get bared to stress on a regular basis because of the feeling, followed by issues like; trouble sleeping, loss of appetite or stress eating. Only if you were lucky your symptoms will limit to stress.
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By working a job you hate, you’re continually exposing yourself to a high amount of stress which can lead to anxiety and depression.
Other psychological symptoms such as irritability can also be experienced, and the sad thing about these symptoms is they won’t be limited to just your office. So you’ll carry the stress in your personal life as well.
Psychological distress often exhibits physical symptoms. Hence, prolonged exposure to the stressful and negative environment will manifest somatization symptoms that can be anything from headaches, dizziness, nausea to neurological and gastrointestinal conditions.
But what triggers this feeling? What makes you hate your job so much that it starts consuming your health?
Well, it’s subjective there are n number of reasons that can make you feel trapped in a job from your relationship with your colleagues to poor work practices.
Some common reasons you might be feeling trapped in your job;
Uninformed career decisions
If you got it all wrong, from the start!
India is a country where people realize after graduation what they want to do with their lives, because your parents made most of the career decisions for you, and they failed to assess your capabilities in front of their ambitions.
Or career choices are either made in the fascination with big salaries without prerequisite knowledge of the field, to ultimately land in a job, you just can’t do every day for the rest of your life.
If you loved aesthetic work but ended up in an accounts job, it’s no surprise that you’ll hate it.
You’re in a wrong role
This one is a pretty common issue you might encounter in your career; because you know yourself less than you think.
You took up a new role; which looked challenging, to begin with, but it was instead a frustrating one because it doesn’t match your personality and soft skills you have.
If you’re an introvert and end up in a role like; customer support, those long conversations with customers will only make you uncomfortable.
There are various ways organizations operate, and sometimes their values won’t align with yours.
You might be asked to do tasks that don’t go along with your values and beliefs. Or you don’t agree with the viewpoint, or the vision company bolsters.
For instance, maybe you don’t prefer making cold calls as a salesperson, or as an accountant, you might be asked to forge accounts to save taxes.
Acting against your own beliefs will make you hate the work you’re doing, and everything else will follow.
Bad work relationships will make you hate your workplace even if you love your job, it can be due to conflicts with your colleagues or just working somewhere you feel alienated.
As a social species, you need a human connection especially somewhere you’re spending anywhere from 8-10 hours of your day, being deprived of it can make you experience burnout or other mental concerns, which will only make you feel stuck in your job.
Another significant reason to feel frustrated and stuck in your job is not having a work-life balance.
Along with productivity, work-life balance is also necessary for physical and mental health. A harmony of work and play is crucial to keep you going; when this balance is agitated, you’ll suffer in both the spheres of life.
Not paid well enough
As per a Timesjob survey salary is the principal cause of workplace stress.
If you’re not being compensated well enough for the work you’re doing it will lower your morale and provoke the feeling of being trapped, when you’re not even meeting your needs.
These were some common reason you may feel stuck at your job. However, as I stated before there can be countless other reasons based on what you look into a job.
Stuck in your job? Get out of the cobweb
The first step to consider before leaving your job is to reconsider it!
We’re in an era where even a bad mood feels like a depression, people can’t take criticism, and commitment is a unicorn running on rainbows.
So before taking a permanent decision, make sure your misgivings aren’t temporary.
To start with, list down the pros and cons of leaving your job, don’t take a decision based on just the numbers on each side but the weight. What are the things that matter, and how are they being met or left out.
Analyze what’s causing the stress; if it’s the organization or your work or the field, you’re pursuing. It will help you scale the issue you’re dealing with and maybe if you’re fortunate, it can be resolved in your existing organization.
Can it be fixed? How can you mold it?
Since you’ve figured out what is so dissatisfactory about your job, how can it be changed?
Is your payscale low? Maybe try asking your manager for a hike. Some of you might have already tried it. But my argument is for the people who sit back and curse circumstances while doing nothing about it.
Or maybe it’s just a new project that’s consuming you, where you can wait for it to get over.
So before you scream for help from a drowning boat, make sure you’re not in a puddle.
Hence, if it’s something that can be fixed maybe by asking or doing something, it’s not optional, you must try it.
Take some actions that can help your situation, if you’re not satisfied with your current role, and reskilling can get you another position at your organization, do it.
Or if it’s interpersonal discomfort within the team, you can ask to work on a different project with a different team.
Most people don’t ask, because they fear rejection. Maybe they’ll refuse, but what if they say yes? You’ll never know until you ask.
If there’s even the slightest part of your work that you enjoy, go for specialization in that field.
Before exploring other options, try to amend thing in your current workplace, because perfect is unachievable, so some problems might always be there no matter where you go.
Time to explore
If nothing is making your situation better, it’s time to let go.
Even if it was the job of your dreams, and all it does is to make you miserable, you don’t need it.
Explore all other alternates; changing job, changing career, starting your business or whatever fulfills you.
Quitting is not always the option
One thing that should be kept in mind is that if you’re making a major change, make sure you’ve checked the grounds.
Don’t make decisions exclusively based on how luring a career option, or some industry seems or because you feel you’ll excel there.
If you’re tempted by the glamour associated with work you’re merely looking at the facet, research everything inside out, talk to someone already working in the position you want to be in.
I’ve seen people making switches based on fame associated with the work, only to be more miserable in their new job.
Clear the clouds of dilemma!
The most horrible of all the situations could be when you’re unaware of what you want.
To avoid being stuck in your job, consider everything that’s causing the dilemma; when you’re not sure which way you want to go, it doesn’t matter which way you go.
Take a leap and learn, but don’t let your job drain your happiness.
You might have already heard it “if money wasn’t a problem, would you still be doing what you’re doing?”
Go for your calling, as you’ll put way more effort in the work than you’ll do at any other job.
Success is subjective; you don’t need to have a six-figure salary, a villa and drive an Audi to be successful. Sometimes being able to spend your life in your own way is a success.
Don’t let your job define you, and don’t lose the meaning of life running a rat race that will never end.
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