We spend more time at work than we do anywhere else. That’s why it’s so important that you actually enjoy that time and find your work valuable.
Sadly many people express dissatisfaction with their job, in fact, last year in a poll by Gallup, 85% of the participants said they hated their job.
That’s an awfully big chunk of your life being wasted on something that doesn’t bring you joy or satisfaction. When people hate their job, that unhappiness can seep into their out of office hours too. This can lead to a whole range of mental and physical health complications.
Sometimes the simple solution is to find a new job that does bring you happiness.
But, are there ways you can improve your engagement at your current occupation and improve your work/life balance without having to make a drastic change?
Is it really the job you hate or just some of your current duties?
Jobs change over time and you may have been saddled with tasks that are not part of your job description. Try reassigning or delegating some of these duties.
Have you spoken to your boss about taking on new roles?
If you keep quiet your supervisor might not realize that you are unhappy. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Advertising a vacant position, interviewing, hiring and training your replacement is far more difficult for your employer than improving your current work life.
Have you thought about lateral moves within the company?
Maybe you love the company but not your current role. Research whether you could move to a different department and focus on an area that interests you to a greater degree.