5 Reasons People Hate Their Jobs
No one loves work all of the time. Just about everyone has those times where it seems almost impossible to get through the day. Office co-workers maybe getting on your nerves, and it may take several cups of coffee just to make it through until 5 o’clock. Uttering the words “I hate my job” on occasion, when things are going a bit awry, is quite a bit different than dreading each and every work day.
Recently, we came across a Gallup survey that said, shockingly, over 85 percent of employees worldwide seem to dislike their work. These employees are either not engaged, or are actively disengaged at work. The nationwide results are not much better, with the vast majority of American workers reporting a lack of engagement, which is a prime indicator for determining whether or not an employee enjoys his or her work. Why do some people hate their jobs? We ranked some of the most common reasons.
5. Poor Management
“Irrelevance, invisibility, and immeasurement.” These are the three words an FBI publication uses to describe a miserable job. Management can make you feel as though your job as a street sweeper is the most important job in the world, or as though it is meaningless. Your manager can make you feel like you are a valuable asset to the team, or like the company could do just fine without you. Your boss can set clear and understandable metrics, or they can be vague and ambiguous.
Your boss has a huge impact on the way you feel about your job. If you have a superior who provides you with clear expectations, recognizes you for your achievements, recognizes your strengths, works to set goals with you, and acknowledges your concerns, you are much more inclined to have a positive work experience overall. Survey data published on CNBC found that two-thirds of people say their boss had an impact on their career. Of those people impacted, half of them reported their boss had a positive influence on their careers. But another large portion — 20 percent — said their managers hurt or hindered their careers.
At the end of the day, bad management can quickly turn a dream job into a nightmare.
4. Overworked and Undervalued
Are you pulling more than your weight around the office? Sometimes, employees are victims of their own competence and a higher level of capability leads to a larger work load. When your efforts are appreciated, it may not be all that bad to pick up the extra slack. You’re the go-to person, and people look to you for advice — guidance, even.
On the other hand, when you’re higher level of competence leads to a larger work load that nobody seems to notice, this can become exceedingly difficult to endure. You bust your hump each and every day while Joe Schmo sits around doing the bare minimum, lazily collecting the same pay as you. Data published on Youtern indicates that 93 percent of employees work with a co-worker who doesn’t pull their own weight. When you’re left picking up that extra slack, and with no brownie points to show for it, this can result in a hate relationship with your job.
A Gallup poll found that only 46 percent of workers were satisfied with the level of recognition they receive at work, and only around half of American workers are satisfied with the amount of work they are required to perform on a daily basis.
3. Nowhere to Go Professionally
Data published on Workplace Psychology indicates that American businesses spent about $172 billion on training and development in 2010. When this training doesn’t lead to opportunities for advancement, however, employees often hit the road after a while, and take their training with them.
When you train hard and work hard, yet your hard work leads only to a dead end job, it’s only a matter of time before you begin asking yourself “what’s the point?” Data published on Career Vision indicates that one-third of workers believed they’ve reached a dead end in their career.
Sure, there are a few workers out there who are content working the same job consistently. But oftentimes, the long-term monotony, coupled with the lack of a goal to look forward to, leads to a miserable job.
2. Stress and Work-Life Balance
Obviously, the more time you spend at work, the less time you have to spend on other commitments and activities. A 40-hour work week has become the norm for full-time positions, but 16 percent of men and 7 percent of women work longer hours, according to a report by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.)
“Long work hours may impair personal health, jeopardize safety, and increase stress,” reads the OECD report. Working excessively long hours can also place strain on a marriage or relationship, which only adds more stress into the equation. An additional problem many people face these days is the need or desire to take work home with them.
You may bring assignments, reports, or charts home to complete in the evenings. Even if you’re not physically working, stressing about events that are occurring at work is not too much different. It interferes with time away from work and all in all, jeopardizes that essential separation between work-life and home-life.
As time goes on and stress continues to brew, you may experience disdain for your job. WebMD reports that headaches, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, short temper, upset stomach, decreased job satisfaction, and low morale are all symptoms of job stress.
There are varying theories on pay and employee engagement. A Gallup poll found that, second to stress, engagement is the measure employees are the least happy with. But this is, of course, subjective. If you earn $1 million per year, another $50,000 may not increase your job satisfaction all that much.
On the other hand, when you work a lower paying job and don’t earn enough money, pay becomes exceedingly important. If you earn $20,000 each year, a $20,000 per year rise in income could increase your quality of life, comfort, and stability. It would likely reduce your stress, as you wouldn’t have to worry as much about getting by financially.
While pay is not a huge factor in job happiness for some, it’s everything to others. A low paying job that you have to go to every day just to keep a roof over your head and the lights on can certainly be a terrible experience. It’s tough to pursue happiness when you’re focused on pursuing rent.