What To Do When You’re Miserable At Your Job

In life, we have to make compromises. Someone cuts in line; give way to avoid making a scene. Your favorite burger isn’t available; order something else. Your husband didn’t wash the lone dish he used for his midnight snack; wash it and add another hash mark to your tally.  

And the list goes on. 

The same is true of work where we meet people from different backgrounds.

Whether it is tolerating rude remark or being passed on for a promotion, you will have to make compromises with said people. When those compromises get out of hand, that’s the time the imbalance sets in.

It may not hit you right away, and go on with your daily life. But you’ll know when this imbalance has disturbed the natural way of things in your life.

You probably find yourself lashing out more on loved ones or strangers about the most mundane of things. Or you may spend the time at gatherings complaining to your friends or relatives why your job sucks.

There, there, drama queen. Examining your current situation can make a difference in changing how you feel. 

Have you not been like yourself lately? Perhaps, deep down, you are dissatisfied with how things are at work. Can you relate to any of the following?

You’re being paid the medium bucks. 

It is understandable to feel some resentment when you feel undervalued at your job. “You feel like you’re working harder than you’re getting paid for,” Jayson Demers, Founder and CEO of digital marketing agency AudienceBloom, writes in his column for Inc.

If you think you’re underpaid, of course, quitting your job is necessarily not the solution. You can approach your boss to ask for a raise (or a promotion) if you think you deserve it.

If he says no, then think hard if you want to give the job another chance. You can also manage your time wisely and find a part-time job to supplement your income.

 

The Board will think about it.

Most bosses will be polite enough to tell you that they will consider your efforts in your next salary review. Don’t forget to follow up when the time comes.  

Your progress has hit a brick wall.

It could be that the leadership of your company is headed for the crapper, or you’re working a dead-end job; either way, it’s virtually a nightmare for anyone who feels stuck to a job with no growth on the horizon.

When learning at work isn’t possible anymore, what is the best course of action?

Experts advise that you should take it upon yourself to build your career. Among the things that should be on top of your list is to connect with your coworkers, and always find a means to learn.

According to a report on Fortune, workers should seek feedback on a constant basis from colleagues and people from their network, or enroll in a skill-building course.  

Your co-workers suck.

Do you cringe at the thought of talking to a particular co-worker? You’re not alone.

Data from office space provider Regus reveals that 49 percent of employees of companies with more than 250 people on their staff can’t stand their colleagues. For companies with less than 49 employees, 16 percent of them feel the same for their co-workers.

 

While you sleep.

Regus executive Paul Migliorini believes that an answer to this conundrum is to “look at the big picture.”

“In today’s busy workplace, we often forget the value of getting to know people and building relationships through collaboration,” he tells News.com.au.

“You might find that getting to know that, or working with them to overcome a specific challenge will help you turn around the situation,” he explains.

Damn right, it’s a career mismatch.

One big problem that is often identified as a root of unhappiness at work is job mismatch. One way that you can confirm this is by observing how people react to you, especially your boss or coworkers.

In an interview with the Harvard Business Review, Leonard Schlesinger, coauthor of Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future, suggests seeking the opinion of your boss about your current performance. His perception of you will be very telling.

Yes, Beyonce, I exist.

Daniel Gulati, a tech entrepreneur and coauthor of Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders, meanwhile, advises employees to try to take point on an important assignment.

If your boss assigns the task to someone else, then it’s either your skills are not valuable to him, or “it’s time to move on,” he tells HBR.org. 

Depression caused by workplace woes should never be taken lightly. How many months have you been bearing this misery like a malady?

If you’ve been miserable at your job for months, then do something about it.

Remember that your life shouldn’t revolve around work. Change routines, or change careers! But whichever route you’d want to take, make sure to think long and hard about it, and always have a contingency plan.

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Sandy Miguel is an independent website publisher, journalist and photographer from the Philippines. She used to be the managing director of an advertising technology provider where she managed around 50 online contractors at one time. Sandy writes about managing work-related stress, exploring one's options outside the four corners of an office, and work-life balance for Get Over Your Job.