A survey reported that slightly upwards of a quarter percent of workers who were asked if there were happy with their jobs, said yes. The research by Society for Human Resource Management said that only 29 percent said that they were happy with their jobs; the rest reported various degrees of dissatisfaction with their jobs and said that they would gladly trade it for a better one.
However, with so few jobs available, it would be reasonable to presume that you will realise how fortunate you are that you have one and will want to hang on to it for dear life. Moreover, if you think of your job, however, miserable it may be, as the avenue that is putting the food on the table and paying the kid’s tuition, perhaps you will develop a more benevolent attitude towards it?
Katharine Brooks, author and director of Liberal Arts Career Services at The University of Texas at Austin says that there are various reasons for job-dissatisfaction, “There might be a conflict between your interests and the duties of the position; the job might be too demanding or not demanding enough; lack of training for position; lack of job security; you may have a poor relationship with co-workers or a supervisor; you might be poorly compensated; you might be in bad or unsafe working conditions; or you’re burnt out.”
An SHRM reports says that when an organization lacks financial stability and does not provide its workers with opportunities to advance their careers it could contribute to dissatisfaction amongst workers and fuel a desire to quit.
Ask yourself, do you really hate your job or is there something else that is triggering your displeasure? Is this feeling new or have you felt like this for a very long time? Is your boss pushy and demanding or are you finding your gossiping colleagues boring and unexciting. Is the work tedious and repetitive? Can you truthfully say that you’d much rather be someplace else?
It is always advisable to first establish if you can amend your circumstances at the workplace, before taking the decision to make a move. Second thing to note, is never leave the job in hand, for a non-existing one. Get another before contemplating thoughts of quitting.
Deborah Shane, a career author, featured writer, speaker, and media and marketing consultant, cautions that your next job may be worse, as the “new pastures are not always what you thought they’d be.” She says that if your job pays you adequately and isn’t totally agonizing or unsafe, stick with it.
Brooks says, if your complaints are genuine, talk to your supervisors and tell you that you are not happy with your schedule or whatever is making you unhappy. Your problems could be solved before you allow them to fester in your mind.
Brooks says that even if you finally decide to hand in your resignation, don’t let that affect your work. Keep doing your work well. This will ensure that the company will give you good recommendations. Moreover, if you do decide, for whatever reasons that you are going to continue, you won’t feel discomfited about your earlier conduct, prompted by a callous attitude of the out-going worker.
“Be careful about letting your negative feelings show while you’re still on the job,” Brooks says. Why? “Even though you’re unhappy and may leave soon, you want leaving to be your decision, not the organization’s. If you’re fired, it will be much harder to find your next opportunity.”