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Coping In a Job that You Don’t Like

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Even with a job, many of us still continue to talk or think of our dream jobs. Some of us even hate our jobs. So what do we do when we are in a situation that does not motivate us, energize us, nor delight us? It is easier said than done to quit, especially when we don’t have anything else lined up. Hence, in the meantime, we have to find ways to cope. Below are 6 new approaches to your current work environment that you should consider:

  1. Ask for change. Many of us suffer in silence rather than voice unhappiness. However, it could be that your manager is not fully aware of how unhappy and he / she should hear that from you. First understand why you are unhappy. Are you not challenged? Underpaid? Overworked? Trapped in too much structure? Then look within your team and across your organization to see how the key problem can be solved. Finally, have a civil discussion that includes practical examples of the changes you want
  2. Take small steps everyday to prepare for the opportunity you do want. If you already know what role or company you would like to work for then start working on the requirements to try and get there. It could be starting an application, attending an information session, taking a class, studying for an exam, or reading about industry or skill trends associated with the role you want. This piecemealed preparation to build readiness towards your next opportunity without being overwhelmed.
  3. Find or start something that you like at work. If there are groups, project, or activities that happen at work that you find engaging, consider putting more effort into them. If there aren’t any, then create your own group or project based on something you want to see happen at your work place. It could be anything from a book club to lunch-and-learns.
  4. Find opportunities to connect with people you like at work. There might be people who inspire you, or motivate you or even make you laugh at work. Without distracting them, find ways to engage them more. It could be anything from scheduling weekly lunches or coffees to working together on a project. You can also find a person at work that becomes a confidant. Voicing your issues to someone who has no influence over your job can be relieving.
  5. Make life outside of work something to look forward to. Work is only one part of your life. Consider taking on an activity or hobby that makes you happy outside of work. It does not have to be professionally motivated; just anything that excites you. There are a significant number of businesses that are born out of personal passions.
  6. Consider putting more effort into your work. This might be the last thing you want to hear. However, if you are bored at work, consider if there is more you could be doing to enhance the project you are working on. Not only will this take up time, but also make your extra efforts noticed, which might help you improve relationships or access new opportunities.