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What to Do If You Are Unhappy With Your Job

By Ben Hargrove | Small Business

What to Do If You Are Unhappy With Your Job image Tips to Reduce Stress in Your JobWhat to Do If You Are Unhappy With Your JobMany people dread going to work, but are resigned to being in a job they don’t like. They don’t think things will ever get better. They don’t think they will be able to find an equivalent position someplace else. They rationalize that things could always be worse.  While that may be true, things could also be better, and you owe it to yourself to at least see if that is possible at your job.

Maybe you already have an idea about what could be done to improve your job. Perhaps your workload is unreasonably heavy. Perhaps you need new challenges. Perhaps there does not appear to be any hope for advancement.  It could be worth it to schedule a meeting with your boss to discuss your concerns, especially if you come up with some ideas that are mutually beneficial to both you and management. For example, you could offer to work on a new project that needs attention, which could give you a new challenge and ammunition for getting promoted if you get good results.

Even if you have reached the point where you don’t think your boss can do anything to improve your work experience, career coaching experts say that  scheduling a meeting could still be beneficial.  Your boss may have ideas of his or he own that could improve your work experience, things that may not have occurred to you or are based on upcoming projects you don’t know about yet. Career coaching experts say that you should make sure to do this.

If you initiate a meeting with your boss to discuss your concerns, the last thing you probably want to hear is any criticism of your performance.  But if it is constructive criticism, it could ultimately help improve your job satisfaction. Maybe you are frustrated with your excessive workload and it turns out your boss is frustrated that you have trouble meeting deadlines because you take on too much responsibility and have trouble delegating. Finding out what your boss wants you to focus on and what you can delegate could improve your work experience and your standing with management.

If your meeting with your boss is inconclusive, it still could end up helping to lay the groundwork for future improvements to your job situation.  Or you could have realized some things on your own about how you can improve things, such as delegating more or working late less.

But if the meeting with your boss leaves you with no hope that your situation will improve, it could serve as a wake-up call to confront the reality of an unsatisfying job. After weighing the pros and cons, you may decide that it’s worth staying where you are, particularly in a challenging job market.  But you may also be inspired to start getting your resume out there and making the commitment to finding something better. Another thing to consider is finding a career coaching professional – click here to learn more.

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