Not Happy at Work? Follow These 5 Tips!
5 April 2023
Job dissatisfaction is the most common reason for quitting a job. If you are not satisfied with your current job or work conditions, there are really only two options: stay in your current job and accept the situation or start a new career.
When we have our dream job, we are happy and motivated to work and always give our best. However, if we are unhappy in our job, it can have a negative impact on our motivation and have negative consequences for our personal lives as well.
Therefore, before deciding to resign due to unhappiness at work, try to identify a few things first.
Is your job no longer enjoyable because it's a routine job without any prospects for the future? Is the work environment at the company not what you want? Or is your salary not meeting your expectations? The reasons for professional dissatisfaction can vary. This time, Mindtera tries to summarize them.
5 reasons why we feel disengaged from work:
The people we work with—usually a boss, manager, or team members.
How well our position aligns with our personality and skills.
How effective we are in prioritizing and managing energy resources.
Not making enough money in the job to support oneself meaningfully.
The significance of the purpose we feel in the job we do.
So, how can we deal with it?
1. If the people we work with are the reason:
One of the big reasons for unhappiness in the workplace is our boss and coworkers. If we're not getting along with them, it's tough to enjoy being at work.
Once we accept that our colleagues are making us unhappy, we can think of ways to improve the situation. This includes talking to them, talking to HR, or trying to switch teams.
2. If our position is no longer in alignment:
When there's a mismatch between what we do every day and our personality, talents, and abilities, it can be frustrating, boring, or even make us feel underestimated.
If this is the case, the key is to find out the source of the mismatch. Is it hard-wired, e.g., you don't like sales, but you work in sales; or you're an extrovert, but your position has no contact with people. Or is it soft-wired, e.g., with training, you can gain the skills you need; or another position in the company you're interested in.
Therefore, take the time to try new things. This can help you rediscover (or know for the first time) what you're good at. Use the happiness within you as a guide. If it sparks your interest and feels alive, maybe it is. And once you know what you're good at, you can channel that talent into your current job.
3. If prioritization is the reason:
You must be able to write down your highest priorities, align the resources you have, and cut out all low-priority items that drain your energy. This isn't about "learning to say no," it's about learning what you most want to say "yes" to and not giving all your resources so that you have free time when those priorities come up.
4. If salary is the reason:
The best way to ask for a raise is to approach your boss and ask what you need to do to reach the next level of salary. Ask about the company's value and don't hesitate to share why you're asking. Additionally, you can ask for things other than salary. For example, gadgets, education reimbursement, company car, gym membership, and so on.
5. If purpose is the reason:
If you want to resign, there are only two reasons: 1) To take a position that is at least 80% in line with your goals; or 2) To take a job that can give you the time and energy freedom to invest in your goals.
However, if you want to stay, take the time to find out where your job and goals intersect. This could be an opportunity to develop your talents, connect with the company's mission, or set your own goals (e.g., caring for the people you work with and helping to meet their needs).
So, before deciding to resign because you're unhappy at work, make sure you've identified and dealt with it properly. However, if you feel that resigning is the best way out for you, go ahead. What's important is your comfort at work.