Steve Jobs said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” But not everyone has the luck of doing the job they love, or at least not dissatisfied with the job they are doing. There is an existing fact that quite many people hate their current position. Many people face the “I don’t really wanna do the work today” mentality when waking up every morning. When applying to vacancies, some of them have high expectations for the work and experience it brings. But when they start taking on the job, ‘they don’t think it be like it is but it do‘.
But this aversion will not last forever if you dig deeper into the root cause of this dissatisfaction, from there to find possible solutions. This article also gives new graduates some tips in choosing the proper position and company to work with and avoid job hate.
The Real Reasons Why You Hate Your Job – They Don’t Think It Be Like It Is But It Do
The answer to this “big” question can be divided into 2 groups: subjective causes and objective causes.
Indeed many people think that they hate their job because it is boring, or the boss is demanding, or the colleague is not good. Actually, besides the above reasons, internal factors also contribute a lot to this disgust. They don’t think it be like it is but it do!
In most cases, the main reason you hate your current job is that it has not met your expectations.
“They Don’t Think It Be Like It Is But It Do” is a quote of the former Major League Baseball player Oscar Gamble (1949 – 2018) – Source: JakobStaermose from imgur.com
More specifically, what you are doing is not the same as described in JD, especially when a few employers flatter a lot about their company. However, what is written in JD is quite abstract, so it seems fascinating, but it is boring or not suitable for you when it comes to specific tasks. And what you do is just work to get it done so that at the end of the day, you can tell yourself, “My work here is done.”
In most cases, the main reason you hate your current job is that it has not met your expectations – Source: harlancohen.com
Besides description vs. reality, there is a gap between a profession’s reality and your perception, which is possibly affected by pop culture.
For example, what a professional environment looks like to you? An office located in luxury high-rise buildings with modern and luxurious office rooms, or high salaries?
In fact, the professional working environment is where the employees, who hold a link in a company’s workflow chain, remarkably complete tasks before the deadline. A professional working environment is where no delay affects the entire team. All the promotion roadmaps, salaries, and bonuses system are transparent, where there are fair competitions contributing to further development of the company. It is the human resource that makes the professionalism, not an external factor like the office view.
Many people feel bored because of their lower earnings and benefits than those working in the same position. In addition to wages and benefits, the varied levels in the working environment, job satisfaction, and harmony level with colleagues are also significant reasons.
Many people feel bored of their current jobs because their earnings and other receivings are lower than those of their friends – Source: edutopia.org
Sometimes this comparison is worth considering whether your current job is alright or not. If you and another person are doing the same position with the same number of working hours and the same amount of work, but this person’s salary is much higher than yours, then you may need to reconsider your salary.
Still, in some cases, the disparity is caused by social media distortion, which may create a misconception that everyone else seems to have an awesome life. Furthermore, not all jobs are the same, and other job factors are different, such as job prospects, making the comparison unreasonable or incomplete.
Undeserving Salaries & Slow Career Advancement
Everyone wants to reach higher positions on the career ladder, with a higher status, and receive more salaries. So a delayed or slow career progression will probably demotivate any single worker.
Besides, the low salary that is not commensurate with the labor skills is also a reason for the aversion of the current job. They will find other ways, other places to get more deserving wages.
Everyone wants to reach higher positions on the career ladder – Source: insights.dice.com
Types Of Work
In some cases, job dislike mainly happens when you are not interested in your work, maybe because it doesn’t suit your expertise or includes boring and tedious tasks day after day. There are almost no changes or diversities in your workday, which creates a feeling as if you had to work like a machine to handle a kind of day-to-day work.
As mentioned above, what is written in JD is quite descriptive, so it seems interesting, but it’s a different story regarding practical activities.
Not everyone has the luck to get along with their manager.
A good relationship with the boss will motivate an employee to work with high productivity. In harmony with the boss’s working style, orientation, and personality, employees’ will boost their efficiency and be more open in sharing opinions contributing to the company’s development.
In contrast, no one wants to wake up every morning to work for someone they don’t like or don’t like them. This reality accounts for the “I don’t really wanna do the work today” mentality every morning.
No one wants to wake up every morning to work for someone they don’t like or don’t like them – Source: Sam Chivers
If you get along well with your colleagues in terms of personality and working style, you are fortunate. There is no denying that no one can like and be liked by everyone, but sometimes there are certain people with whom we cannot get along, no matter how hard we try.
Colleagues relatively affect your emotions and working mood. Also, the people who work together contribute to the corporate culture, which plays a significant role in retaining your commitment to the company.
Other reasons – “They Don’t Think It Be Like It Is But It Do”
Other reasons may include the misalignment with the current company’s vision and mission, commuting inconvenience.
Besides, some jobs, wonderful as it may be, are still an occupation of many bad things, from unpleasant workplace tradition or negative work ethics.
Several people assume that some unethical behavior in the company is acceptable; for example, sexism is prevalent in the company but not in the industry or elsewhere. This kind of business culture can reduce employee engagement with the company.
Some people assume that some unethical behavior in the company is acceptable – Source: dreamstime.com
As for traveling troubles, traffic jams or long distance between work and home are some of the biggest causes of people becoming dissatisfied with their jobs, even though they love the job itself. Getting stuck in the traffic jam not only wastes time but also causes stress, which reduces workers’ morale.
Traveling troubles make people dissatisfied with their jobs, even though they love the job itself – Source: B137/Wikimedia Commons
However, nowadays, some companies have overcome this problem when taking advantage of modern technology. They do that by organizing teleworking working positions or changing working hours flexibly to avoid rush hours.
5 Things You Can Do To Stop Hating Your Job – “They Don’t Think It Be Like It Is But It Do”
1. Stop The “I Hate My Job” Mentality
Stop saying, “I hate my job” or “I don’t really wanna do the work today”!
Most people used to or are doing jobs that they do not like, especially young people. Complaining does not solve anything and never makes anything better. Even complaining too much can put you in a more negative mood.
2. Examine What Exactly It Is About Your Job That Makes You Unhappy
So instead of saying, “I hate my job,” let’s dig deeper into what exactly it is about your job that makes you unhappy. Then, find out feasible solutions within your control.
For example, if you get disappointed because you did not receive a raise or promotion, why not ask your boss what you need to do to receive them? Show your boss that you are ready to take on more tasks to be recognized as well as to add more value to the company.
3. Shift Your Perspective & Lower Your Expectations
A switch in your point of view and attitude can bring a big difference to your current situation.
A recommendation is that you may see this working time as a stepping stone to hone the necessary skills and learn from colleagues’ experience, instead of putting too much expectation on “this stepping stone”. And if you are determined not to do the current job permanently, consider it an experience to beautify your CV to apply to larger companies and corporations later.
A switch in your point of view and attitude can bring a big difference to your current situation – Source: Paul Rogers
4. Spread No Gossips On Social Media – “They Don’t Think It Be Like It Is But It Do”
There is no denying that direct feedback to the company can be difficult sometimes. The company is not always right. But defaming the company publicly is not only wrong but also extremely disadvantageous for yourself.
What do you think you will gain after these gossiping statuses?
Certainly, there are many reactions, shares, and it may become viral. In rare cases, the company will intervene to deal with it. Otherwise, it is just an ordinary Facebook status.
Facebook is no longer a playground of innocuous games – Source: intellectualtakeout.org
But what do you lose?
You make employers see you with a different eye. Facebook is no longer a playground of innocuous games, and it is a valuable tool for recruiters to check on future employees. Having cynical attitudes – no company wants such employees. If one day you join their company and feel dissatisfied and then quit, will there be another post appearing on Facebook?
5. Don’t Just Quit – Carefully Consider Before Changing Job
Are you sure you need to leave, or are you just going through a tough period? Could you ask for a job rotation or job promotion? Is there anything that could change or any opportunities occurring soon and convince you to stay?
Before jumping to the final decision of quitting, think about all possible alternatives. Bear in mind that landing your dream job will not happen immediately! Getting a new job is not easy and straightforward at all. It’s worth considering whether there is another solution or not. If not, it’s time to move on.
Getting a new job is not easy and straightforward at all – Source: getfive.com
We have some recommendations if you are determined to leave your current job:
- Prepare a list of alternative jobs: The better you prepare, the easier your job search will be
- Update your CV and LinkedIn profile
- Quietly start a job search: Remember not to let your boss or co-workers know that you plan to leave. Let’s send your CV to potential places but do not publish these applications.
Key Takeaways: Tips In Choosing Suitable Jobs – They Don’t Think It Be Like It Is But It Do
Dig Deeper Into Job Characteristics
To avoid the mentioned situation, consider what you will have to go through and commit by searching for information on the Internet. Do not forget to get reviews of this position from someone you know used to do this occupation, if possible. Try connecting with someone who is working in this position via Linkedin or your network.
Search About The Business Culture Of The Company You Aim To Work For
The components of corporate culture include 3 main parts: vision, mission, and core values.
There are 2 types of corporate culture expression: Visible (Uniforms, slogans, rituals, regulations, company soundtrack, internal journals, activities, etc.) and Invisibility (Attitude, working style, habits, and ideology of personnel in the company).
Therefore, you can partly observe a company’s culture, and if you feel that it is not suitable, do not rush to fill out the application form!
For example, if you are a caring person, consider before deciding to work in a task-oriented company. This primarily focuses on benefits, revenue, productivity rather than other factors such as employees’ health, social responsibility, etc.
If you feel that the culture of a business does not fit you, do not rush to fill out the application form – Source: processmaker.com
Read The Policy On Salary And Working Time Carefully
If you are going to sign a contract with a company, carefully read the terms of salary, including basic salary and commission, salary increase period, bonus, and penalty scheme. Also, do not ignore the commitment of working time and allowances if working overtime.
Pay attention to both financial and non-financial aspects, especially health insurance and the paid time off (PTO) policy. Do not just skim the contract, then put your signature on it.
Do not just skim the contract, then put your signature on it – Source: legallyshalini.com.au
The truth is that sometimes you do not hate what you are doing as you think it is. As you just need a minor change to give a new look to the work you are doing. Staying in a specialized position for a very long time, we often ignore values and great benefits that the current position brings.
Hence, instead of just expressing the “I hate my job” mentality, find out the real reasons and improve it. Wish you have incredible and meaningful moments in your career!
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