Last week on the Happy Hour with Liv and Kelly, we talked about how to deal with a job that you hate. Maybe you don’t like your job because of the actual work, maybe you and your boss cant see eye to eye or perhaps you are just completely unfulfilled by the whole experience that you have become disengaged altogether. Whatever it may be, you are not alone. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, millenials are less satisfied than baby boomers when it comes to a variety of job related issues from job security, compensation, healthcare and overall benefits.
Although you may want to quit and walk outta there like Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire that may not be a viable option just yet. In the meantime, use these 5 strategies to get you through each day until you are clear on your next steps:
1) Talk to your boss. Statistics show that people who are happy and satisfied at least 70% of the time at work are also 12% more productive. If you have a solution to your dissatisfaction, talk to your boss about it. If working on a new project, taking on additional responsibilities or changing up some of your processes would make you happier and more productive, just ask. Remember though- go to your boss with solutions, not complaints.
2) Create opportunities to work with people that you enjoy working with. If you know that you work great and get a long with certain people at your workplace, stick with them. The people that you surround yourself with can have a major effect on your energy and mood. If it is possible, create opportunities to work with the people that have a positive influence on you and your work. Complete projects together, meet with each other or even have lunch together. Make time or create more time with people who you enjoy.
3) Transfer to a different department. Sometimes a change of scenery, management or coworkers is just what you need to reignite the spark that you once had for your job. If you like the company’s mission and believe in the work that you’re contributing to, you may just want to contribute in a different capacity. Watch for openings in different departments and let your superiors know that you are looking to make some changes.
4) Define your limits. When is enough, enough? What is your end game? When is it time to consider your options and move on? What I mean here is to look at what you want in life and define when to call it quits. Is it after a certain amount of time, a certain amount in your bank account or is it situational? Maybe it is one more month of the bad days outweighing the good or the stress outweighing the calm. Define this limit for yourself and stick to it.
5) Create an exit plan. Once you have defined your limits, what are you going to do when and if you reach them? You need a plan, action steps and a goal in mind. Create this. Yes, this is easier said than done, but the satisfaction that you will get knowing that you have this plan in place will ease a lot of the anxiety that comes with a major decision like this. Your exit plan may take anywhere from a few weeks to a year. Design a plan that works for you, your lifestyle, your family and your income and work the plan. Quite often, the fear of leaving your job is not so much in the act of leaving, but in the unknown of where you will go, what you will do and what effects this choice will have on you and the ones you love. If you are serious about making changes, make a plan and start taking action. Life is too short to be stuck in a job that you hate.