There’s probably nothing worse than waking up in the morning with a feeling of absolute dread when you think about having to go to work. You spend a lot of your time at work so hating your job can sometimes feel unbearable, especially if leaving isn’t something that’s on the cards in the near future. Luckily, there are things you can do to stop hating your job. Here are just a few.

Get real about the situation

There may be different reasons why you dislike your job and the only way to end this cycle is to find out what they are. Is it the work itself, your colleagues or your boss that’s making things difficult for you? What are some of the things you wish you could change in order to feel more comfortable at your place of work? Write down the top 5 issues you’ve got and then look at whether or not you’d be able to change these.

It’s okay to vent

This point comes with a bit of caution - you can vent, but be really careful about who you vent to! You don’t want to come across as a negative complainer to your superiors and colleagues because that makes it difficult for them to work with you. You also want to avoid complaining on social media, since your boss might see it, which definitely won’t work out well for you. So, be careful who you speak to about your issues and make sure they have your best interests at heart.

Change your attitude

If we can’t change the situation, then we should at least try to change ourselves, right? This is where the list we mentioned above will come in handy. Take a look at the things you dislike about your job and/or work environment and think about how you can change your perspective on them. Can you choose to see certain things differently? Is it possible that you’re contributing to the problem somehow? If you’re brutally honest with yourself you’ll find that you’ve probably giving certain things more power than they deserve or that you’ve misjudged certain people and their intentions.

Speak to the powers that be

Sometimes people aren’t aware of their actions until you’ve spoken to them about it. So it might be a good idea to take all your grievances to people who’re able to do something about them. Remember to look at your company policies first, so that you know who you should take your complaints to.

If all else fails, prepare for exit

If you feel like you’ve exhausted all your options, then it’s probably time to start looking at other jobs. You don’t want to burn any bridges when you do leave, so be discreet during your job search, try to stay on top of your game until your last day, and make sure you’ve checked company policy with regards to resignation and serving notice. Remember, you want to maintain a spotless rep until the very end, so keep your best foot forward.

Being stuck in a job you hate can be a real drag, but luckily it’s not permanent and there are things you can do to make the situation better. Got any questions? Send us a message.

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