Career Advice

Tips on How to Cope with a Bad Job

Employed but really don’t like your job? On Thursday, Ellen Wulfhorst of Reuters shed some light on an interesting topic: employed persons who are unhappily stuck in a job, some dealing with managers who berate employees and bosses who hold meetings in bed. Wulfhorst reports that many workers would change jobs if they could, and according to a survey, many U.S. workers plan a switch when the economy improves (echoing the statements from a recent Deloitte report). The survey found that:

  • 18 percent plan to change employers
  • 14 percent plan to change careers
  • 13 percent plan to change industries and,
  • 18 percent plan to work fewer hours.

If you are feeling the blues at work and feel confined in your job, here’s a round-up of suggestions to help keep your head up.

Think positively: Negative thoughts will only make your work situation worse and make time feel sluggishly slow when you are in the office. Among the thousands of Glassdoor company reviews, even those who are not so fond of their job or company can always find something positive to say. Perhaps you have a good friend at work? Cherish that relationship. Or maybe you receive great pay and benefits? Don’t take this for granted, as you well know there are a lot of people out there who are struggling to find a job.

Improve your social life: Don’t let a tough and challenging work environment get your entire life down. Tap into your network of friends and family to appreciate the other joys that life offers. The benefits you can feel from having shared a positive social experience can keep you going during the work week.

Reward yourself: Even if your boss doesn’t recognize your achievements, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. suggests identifying a reward outside of your job, and indulge yourself. Whether it is dinner with friends, a movie, exercise or a manicure, make sure to treat yourself every once in a while.

What do you do when work has got you down?