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Few of us are lucky enough to land a job we love, but that doesn’t mean that you should endure a job that you hate with a passion. It’s true that we all have bad days at work but they shouldn’t be every day.
If you dread getting up in the morning and get an anxious feeling of sickness every time you go into work, it could be a sign that you need to quit your job before it starts to do real harm to your health. Work-related stress is one of the leading causes of heart attacks, whilst job apathy often leads to depression.
Many of us choose to stay in a job that we hate because we make excuses for ourselves. Here are just several bad reasons to stay in a job you hate and why it’s time you found another place to work.
‘The money is good’
Money is a big motivation for many of us. It can allow us to afford nice things and live a better quality of life. Many of us believe in the ‘work hard, play hard’ philosophy of enduring hard work in order to earn more – whilst this is a good form of motivation, working ‘hard’ doesn’t have to mean giving up half your waking life doing something you hate.
It’s likely there’s a high-earning job out there with much better working conditions for you. Finding this job could allow you to live a good quality of life without having to endure misery.
Of course, money isn’t everything and you can still live happily without a big house and an expensive car. If you feel you’d be happier in a low paid job, you may want to consider whether it’s worth taking that pay cut to be happy. If you have family and they can see that your job is causing you immense stress, they’re likely to support your decision to take up a lower paid job if it helps – you can discuss making sacrifices so that you can still pay the bills a live comfortably.
‘I have no time to look for another job’
Many of us don’t want to quit without another job lined up. However, finding the time to look for another job can be difficult if you’re already working all hours. Job-hunting itself can feel like a full-time job and you want to be able to do it thoroughly.
Unfortunately, you may just have to make that time for yourself. Giving up a few weekends could be worth the freedom you get in the end by allowing you to leave your current job. Alternatively, you could take some of your holiday purely to look for work – it’s not ideal but it could give you the free time you need to job hunt.
Then of course there’s the option of simply quitting without having another job lined up. You can always apply to jobseekers’ allowance in the meantime to maintain an income (that’s what this help is there for after all). This could be much needed if you’re on the edge of a burnout and don’t think you can work much longer, plus not having a job will give you the time you need to look for another one.
‘There are no good jobs out there for me’
Some people end up working a succession of bad jobs. This can make people believe that there is no job suited for them – that every new job is bound to end in disappointment and that they may as well stick with the one they’ve got.
This is of course very unhealthy thinking. Everyone has a job out there for them – you may just not have found it yet.
Consider what it is you’ve hated about all your jobs so far. If bad bosses have constantly been to blame, perhaps it’s time to go self-employed – by coming up with a business plan and working for yourself, you could set your own rules and do things your way, potentially making you a lot happier. Meanwhile, if you have social anxiety and hate being around people, it could be time to find a job that allows to work alone– there are a surprising number of jobs that don’t involve working with people. Alternatively, if you get bored easily, perhaps you need to find a job with more variety – constantly working with new types of clients in new locations could make work more exciting.
Talking to a career counsellor could be worthwhile. This could allow you to find your calling if you’re unsure of what it is you want to do.
‘I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am’
If you’ve dedicated years chasing a career either in education or climbing the career ladder, making a career switch can feel as if you’re throwing all that hard work down the drain. However, continuing along the same career path could be a continued waste of opportunity.
Even if you have to work your way up from the beginning again in a new career, it could be worth it if the end result makes you happy. There are likely to be transferable skills that you can put to use in your new career.
‘Things will get better’
Sometimes a job situation can improve – a colleague you don’t get on with may leave, or there could be a change of management. However, often things won’t improve unless you make them improve. It’s possible that you may be able to take action yourself such as asking to switch to a new role within the company, or asking your employer to make certain changes to the company. If this isn’t possible, there’s no point sticking it out and you’re better off finding a new job as things may never improve.