Not happy in your job? What to do next

03 January 2018

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No matter how much you enjoy your job, there are always going to be times when you feel unmotivated or fed up. However, if you are feeling chronically unhappy, it may be time to make some changes. Chronic unhappiness is very different to just having an off week, it can affect your mental well-being and make it very difficult to get up in the morning. There are all kinds of reasons why people become unhappy in their role. You may feel that the job is just too stressful, the culture is negative or that you are not being paid enough for the amount of work you are doing. If you are feeling unhappy in your job, these are some positive ways to deal with the situation.

Confide in colleagues


If you have colleagues you can trust, share your feelings with them as they may be able to help. A problem shared is a problem halved, as they say, so speaking to colleagues might be enough just to take the stress off. Quite often, unhappiness in the workplace can be temporary. It may be down to an increase in your workload and you never know, your colleagues might be able to take some of the pressure off your shoulders.

Speak to your manager


It is important to be upfront with your manager about your concerns, otherwise they may not be aware of your feelings. For example, if you are under too much pressure, you shouldn’t suffer in silence and your manager may be able to get some extra resources in to ease your workload. If you are worried about your prospects in the company, your manager may be able to advise you on the next steps to promotion. Wherever your concerns lie, be honest and upfront and speak to someone in a position to help. After all, this is what managers are paid for!

Stay positive


This is easier said than done, but if you are constantly complaining about your job, you are likely to just bring everyone else down. It can be easy to get caught up in a negative frame of mind, especially if your colleagues are feeling the same way, but it is better to get your head down and just try and get on with your work. It is important to speak to your manager but don’t let yourself get swept up in a negative spiral. Most situations can be rectified in some way and by staying positive, your manager and colleagues are more likely to sympathise and help you out.

Find another job


If there is no light at the end of the tunnel and the job is making you inherently unhappy, it may be time to start looking for new opportunities. Life is too short to be unhappy and we spend so much of our time at work, that it’s not worth letting it overtake your life. If your manager hasn’t eased the pain in any way and you can clearly see that nothing is going to change, start looking for another job, but stay positive while you do it.


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