How To Survive A Job That Makes You Miserable

The economy being what it is, jobs aren't exactly growing on trees. If you're stuck in one you hate, here are a few ideas to make it bearable until something better comes along.

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Employment reporter Liz Wolgemuth says the first thing you need to do is step back and do an honest assessment of the situation to see exactly what bothers you most about your employment. Figuring out exactly what you don't like about your current job will help keep you from getting into the same situation in future jobs.

You also might consider banding together with your colleagues to develop relationships and help each other feel like valuable assets to the company. That way, even if management doesn't realise your worth, you can always remind each other. Wolgemuth also recommends:

Look around the office. If you hate your job, there's a good chance that other people around you do, too. Negativity breeds negativity. Despite what got the ball rolling in the first place, you can choose to be part of a move in the opposite direction. "You can go to work and actually make someone else's job less miserable," Lencioni says. "Use your job to help others." Although there may be other methods of reducing your unhappiness—by improving your skills or shifting some of your workload to a coworker-money and staff are tight, and employees probably won't have too many levers to pull during this recession.

Of course, if your job really gets to be too much you can start freelancing before you quit and head out the door at the first opportunity. What tips have you got for sucking it up and getting by in a job you hate? Let's talk in the comments.

How to Survive When You Hate Your Job [U.S.News & World Report]


    Sounds like corporate propaganda to me

      I don't get this comment.

      Is there a de facto assumption that a corporation is a bad place to work for? Because there's a pretty reasonable mix of good and bad corporations to work for. I think it's about the same sort of mix as there is in small business. Plenty of people who operate a small business either end up having to work far too hard (unnecessarily) - or are just crooks themselves.

      With regards to the situation, if you're in a corporation - depending on the company policy, it might be quite easy for you to move into a better position if you work at it. A friend of mine works at a bank, started as a security guard and now holds a prominent HR role.

      You also can see if they'll let you work part time instead. This might be of particular interest if they're looking to save a little cash. If you're looking to freelance, at least at the start, this isn't a bad idea. It will provide you with some stable income in addition to what you can make freelancing.

      Alternatively, if you want to get your Tim Ferriss on or whatever, you can see if it's possible to do some work remotely or (perhaps more importantly) shift the focus of your employment to something very much goals based rather than time. I disagree with some of what he does, but this is quite possible in many (though not all) industries. If my soon-to-be-retired mother can do it, I'm sure other people can make it work too.

      Corporations also tend to spend a lot of money on educating people - even during a recession/gfc/other negative economy related buzzword. Probably second only to government departments. You can absolutely use this to your advantage, it can mean time away from your everyday tasks - as well as something nice for your resume if you want to look for work elsewhere.

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