Rather than Quitting, steps to take when unhappy with your Job
If you are unhappy with your job, your first thought may be to start looking for a new one. You may even be tempted to quit a bad job without having yet acquired another position somewhere else. Unless you have adequate financial resources, this may not be a wise move.
If there is any way to neutralize the situation, by all means try to do so. If not, don’t quit unless you have no other option and the situation is utterly unbearable. There are some ways for you to make life a little more pleasant until you find the right job. There are some ways for you to make life a little more pleasant until you find the right job. Here’s a few.
What to do
- Learn as much as you can: Just because you dislike your job doesn’t mean you can’t use it as an opportunity to learn. Think of it as a stepping stone. If your employer offers free or low-cost training, sign up for as many workshops and seminars as you can. Use this time to sharpen your skills for your next job. You can also work on learning more about your strengths and weaknesses and learning how to use this knowledge to your advantage.
- Take Breaks: Endeavor to resist the urge to work straight through lunch hour. Get up and walk around. Also take advantage of your vacation days. Taking a moment to step back to build up your energy and drive can help you clear your mind and give you the energy you need to work at your job until something better comes along.
- Help Out: Try not to focus too much on what’s wrong with your job. Instead, make an effort to help a co-worker in need. Being a team playercan help lessen the stress of the job by taking your mind off of the negative aspects of work.
- Plan: Instead of wasting time and energy worrying about how miserable you are at your current job, take action. Save up some money and make an action plan for finding a new job. Keep your thoughts on how happy you’ll be once you’re out of there. Start planning as soon as you know you want to leave. Create a plan, vet it, save money, and then Put your energy outside of your job that’s making you unhappy into planning and it will make your current role more bearable.