Our careers are not supposed to define us; we must define our jobs. Choosing a career is a daunting enough task, and the problem with that crossroad is that it’s much like a marriage and not necessarily a marriage made in heaven. Think about the time that you spend preparing for your career, late-night study sessions, the smell of red bull permeating the room, bank accounts with less than stellar balances, and sacrifices that are beyond explanation. Fast forward 2-5 years post-college, trade school, decades of experience, or whatever propelled you into your career, all to absolutely HATE your job! The problem with hating your position is that you have to know and understand whether you actually hate your job or career or are incompatible with those with whom you work?
Think about it like this! A broken-down collaboration that you are forced to face daily could be why you are confusing the disdain for your career or job with undeserving co-workers who don’t care about people, the company, or the work product that is at stake. I have been blessed in the many years of my career to have great mentors that inspire me. Mentors who brought me along as they grew taught me the corporate secrets that help define my skill-set that has become so valuable. Even when I was faced with conflicts or dilemmas, it was what John Lewis called “Good Trouble,” forcing me to do an introspective look at myself and making me better. Of course, that might mean that you have fewer work friends and even fewer lunch buddies, but knowing and understanding your work purpose is a game-changer. Now what? Check the list below to see what adjustment is needed in your career, and if the indifference that you are experiencing is deriving from your dislike for your job, or if you need to move on to a different group of people who compliments your skill-set and commitment to excellence. Remember, people don’t just leave companies; they leave leaders, and working with poor leadership, who are uninspiring, could be just as damaging as those who you work with in the trenches who are even more inspiring.! Here are ten reasons people hate their jobs!
1. The company’s leadership is sub-par and does not inspire you.
2. You don’t feel respected or part of the collaboration.
3. The demand from the company is greater than what can be reasonably accomplished, although you are still held accountable and penalized.
4. Tyranny is the face of every person in leadership.
5. The company’s business model has only itself in mind.
6. You are over-worked and underpaid with no opportunity for growth.
7. You are incompatible with your teammates.
8. You think about watching your back at least three times a day.
9. Poor work-life balance.
10. The company leads with fear and intimidation.
11. You call in sick often to get a mental health day.
12. The inharmonious collaboration of work has drained you dry.
13. You have been prescribed Anti-Anxiety Medication exclusively to deal with the stress that is generated from work issues.
14. You see no light at the end of the tunnel.
There’s no perfect job, and that’s a no-brainer. However, we spend more waking hours at work than we do with our own family, and we deserve people who don’t diminish our value system, and certainly those who either think like us or inspire us to be better. If more than 7 out of the 14 listed above describe you, it’s time to consider dusting off your Resume or hiring a head hunter. Please don’t make any sudden moves, take your time, when looking for a replacement career, and although the grass is not always greener, when you have people like yourself who don’t mind replanting the grass, it’s worth restructuring the lawn which makes the grass a brighter color green. Go for it!!
God promised you more, and it’s up to you to trust him and embrace the promises that were designed specifically to be a blessing to your life, and your career.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.