Can't quit the job you hate?

  | James Innes

According to a recent Gallup survey, only 33% of people feel truly engaged at work. This means 67% of people are at best indifferent or in a job that they actually hate. What keeps so many people chained to the daily grind, and what can they do to break out of this vicious circle?

People spend most of their lives at work and, at least during the working week, will spend more time with colleagues than they do with their families. Understandably, given this commitment of time and energy, they would like to find some sort of fulfilment in what they do. However, as the research indicates, only a minority of people feel such fulfilment. The rest just turn up and make the best of what they regard, with varying degrees, as a bad lot

There are, of course, powerful reasons for staying in your current job. There are bills to pay, kids to feed, a mortgage to maintain. Just walking away from a job is simply not an option for many.

People are also adaptable, and learn how to make the most of things. They may hate their job, boss or colleagues but they will normally find a way to continue and get by. After all, the Devil you know……

Having a job, even one you don’t like, gives you stability and a sense of purpose. It also often conveys a status. People who are suddenly made unemployed, for example, often find the status of being jobless a depressing one. For some, their job defines them. Take it away and they lose part of their identity.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. The fact that your current role, company or organisation does not give you the fulfilment or satisfaction you need, does not mean there are no other jobs or employers which could. This may not always mean a promotion. A lateral move or a change of industry can often give you the stimulus that you currently lack. A new role, a new company, sometimes even a new town, can help get you out of the rut.

And, whilst there is always a risk in exploring the new, sometimes it is a risk worth taking for your longer-term well-being.

This doesn’t mean you should go in to work tomorrow, hand in your resignation and walk out. Instead, consider your options, evaluate what is important to you, and ask yourself if you want to be doing the same thing in 5, 10 or even 20 years’ time.

 Begin looking for new opportunities. Get your CV up to date (if you do not have a current CV and are not sure where to start, consider getting some CV help from a professional CV writing service, such as The CV Centre).

All this can be done while still carrying out your present role – after all, the best time to look for a new job is when you still have the current one. That way you still have the financial and personal stability of your current position whilst you take the time to find a new role.

Changing jobs does not mean a change in lifestyle or status. There is every likelihood that the new job will offer the same, if not better, financial reward, stability and status, than you currently get with the old position, and, hopefully, more enjoyment and fulfilment as well.

Of course, you will never know unless you try it. But given how much of our lives are spent at work, don’t we owe it to ourselves to get some sort of satisfaction from it?

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