We’ve all been there, that feeling as the alarm clock wakes us up on a Monday morning and the creeping sense of dread of a week’s worth of endurance awaits us. We all know the signs that you should quit your job but many of us settle for something less than we desire and deserve, perhaps due to financial necessity we just keep on keeping on, but this wears us down, and as the life drains out of us we end up feeling very frustrated and unhappy with our work situation.
If you can relate to this, then it’s time to take action. We’re all here for a limited time and life is too short to live a miserable life. You deserve more than that for yourself. The three tips below will hopefully help you feel more inspired to take action and get yourself out of this that will help get you stuck out of that rut you feel you’re in.
#1: Tell Someone How You’re Feeling
All too often, we keep our feelings bottled up; preferring to not let on about how we’re really feeling; unfortunately, this pressure cooker like approach is a temporary fix that often leads to an overwhelming emotional reaction as a result of holding things for so long, and then, finally the straw that breaks the camel’s back ensures you completely lose it with either a colleague, a customer, or even your boss.
The other mistake people make is they talk to everyone except for the one person, or group of people, that can actually help alleviate their stress and resolve the problem – such as your line manager If your employer knows the reason for your unhappiness and is in the position to do something to resolve or ease the situation, they normally will. It can take courage, but it’s worth the risk – as what’s the worst that can happen?
#2: Change Your Hours
If you’re feeling over-worked, reducing your hours might be the answer to your problems. However, reducing your hours might also mean you’ll face a pay cut. If this would be a problem for you, an alternative is to ask for flexible time, meaning you don’t always have to be in the office from 9-5; as, on certain days, you can work from home; as this will allow for a greater sense of freedom and autonomy.
In the alternative, you could change your working hours to come in an hour earlier in an attempt to avoid rush hour traffic. One further suggestion is to consider your commute – if you’re driving, say 45 minutes each way, this is ‘dead time’ you could be either catching up on work (meaning you need to spend less time in the office) or using the time to read or watch your favorite Netflix series.
#3: Look Around For a New Job
If you’re really unhappy you could search to see if a company you would enjoy working for has any vacancies by typing into Google a search term such as “ Your job listings” – just to see whether this company happens to be advertising for a role you would like.
In summary, when you’re at your wits end with work – don’t just stick it out. Do something about it. This doesn’t need to be as drastic as leaving your job, it could be as simple as changing your working hours but it’s important to share your feelings with someone that is in the position to help. If you don’t feel you have the required relationship to speak to your boss about this, then speak to the next person up, and keep going until you find an empathetic ear – you’ll be surprised how much people are willing to help out their team, particularly if you’re a valued asset.
The point is, don’t allow this work situation to drive you to distraction – take the bull by the horns and start making some positive changes that allow you to move toward a brighter future.