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HELP! SITUATION: “I HATE my job!…What should I do?”

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In our HELP! SITUATION SPOTLIGHT™ series, we shine the light on challenges that community members have shared with me. This episode is, “I HATE my job!…What should I do?”

All behavior is action, so if a person decides to continue to do the same thing (e.g., go to their same job), that is action. Deciding not to do anything differently is a decision. Perception is a reality. If a person perceives that they hate their job, I accept that conclusion. I will not ask why. Sometimes when people start to explain why they feel the way they do they recognize that their feelings may be rooted in a lack of larger appreciation of their good fortune (e.g., an executive who earns over $100,000 USD per year does not compare their situation to a person trapped in a civil war or famine). The process of self-examination and assessment of whether or not we “hate” our jobs or we actually “hate” ourselves is a different topic for a different show. Secondly, if a person “hates” every job they have ever had, they more likely hate “jobs” in general and it is not limited to this current endeavor. That is also a different topic.

For the person who “likes” (or even “loves”) to work, and they are a positive and appreciative person in general in life, let’s attack the issue of what to do when you know, “I hate my job!” Do you accept the premise that “everyone hates their jobs” (if it was fun it wouldn’t be called “work”, am I right?). Or, do you believe that you should not dread each new workday and that you are entitled to a job that you enjoy (or at least that you are able to tolerate without disgust and hatred)? In terms of short, mid-range and long term goals, what action is most appropriate? Stay in the job and “change your attitude”? Leave the job and “risk failure?” Let’s discuss!

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