10 signs that you hate your job
Being able to make a difference is important. You don’t want to leave a job that always brings you into your career just because things are a little harder right now. There might be a way to learn to love your job, even if it doesn’t seem like it right now. It’s a bad idea to stay in a job you hate more than you have to read (until you can find a new, more promising job). Holding on to a bad work situation can lead to burnout, and it may be time to move on.
Top 10 Signs You Hate Your Job
So how do you know when you really, really hate your job? Look for these signs:
1 You have the Sunday Night Blues … every night of the week. Even when you’re working at your dream job, and you love almost everything you do, Sunday nights are rough. It’s normal to feel a little pinch of regret at the end of the weekend and at the beginning of Monday morning’s to-do list. But when those Sunday night events happen every night, it’s a good bet that your work is the problem.
2 You have many new physical illnesses. Do you have pain that didn’t exist a few months ago? Do you have trouble sleeping? Has your appetite changed? These are all physical symptoms of depression. This doesn’t mean that your work is to blame but if everything else in your life is the same and your work has changed, it’s worth asking yourself if work is the problem. (And it is essential to be tested by a doctor as soon as possible).
3 You are no longer enthusiastic about your work. Every day at work doesn’t have to feel like a holiday, but if you’re never excited about your work, something is wrong. You work for many reasons-to keep a roof over your head, to use your skills and talents, maybe to help others, or to do things that most people can’t. You’re working for many reasons. But without a sense of purpose and passion for the work, you’re going to hurry.
4 You’re not as good at your job as you used to be. Maybe you are making small mistakes that you would never normally make, or maybe you are less committed to your work and therefore less effective. But if you feel that you are not good at your job – and you were confident that you were! -you might consider whether it’s time for a change.
5 You spend a lot of time talking about work. A little work doesn’t hurt anyone (as long as you complain to a trusted friend, not to a colleague who may one day be your boss). But if you spend a lot of time talking about your work, ask yourself if the good outweighs the bad.
6 You find it harder to concentrate. It’s easier to give your full attention when you’re engaged. Beyond that, hating your work takes a lot of energy. If you hate your job you probably have little energy for your current tasks.
7 Your vices have multiplied. Cookies are no longer a treat sometimes. Comfort food is on the menu three times a day. And the cocktail hour has become a cocktail party and night. In the meantime, you get little exercise these days, and the last time you saw a vegetable was in a public service announcement stuck to the wall by your bus stop. (And that made you feel resentful, the truth to tell).
8 You haven’t had a raise in a long time. Money isn’t everything, but it’s hard to pay the electricity bill without it. Beyond that, it’s hard to feel appreciated when your salary has stayed the same while your work demands have increased. Also, thanks to inflation, if you don’t get a regular boost, you’re earning less than you were a few years ago.
9 You don’t have the time or energy for your outside interests. Maybe it’s because you’re depressed and don’t have the energy, or maybe it’s because you work so much that you don’t have time for leisure activities or to spend time with friends and family. Whatever the reason, it’s not a good sign.
10 You feel you’re always at work, even on your day off. The irony of being stuck in a job you hate is that it consumes all your waking hours, even if you don’t have a boss who calls you at home or emails you at 3 a.m. Good jobs provide a real work-life balance, which means you can disconnect from work to enjoy your life. If you find that you’re always brooding about work – or that you’re actually working when you’re supposed to be enjoying your free time – it may be time to move on.
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