Five signs you’re unhappy in your job
Life’s too short for unhappiness at work. But sometimes it’s tough to separate the Monday blues from genuine work frustration.
We’ve put together five tell-tale signs to find out if you’re miserable at work – and what to do to get out of the rut. Whether you've got too-big or too-little a workload, find out how to do the nine-to-five happily.
Perhaps you're thinking, ‘My job makes me miserable. Should I quit?’ We offer some alternative tips before you give your notice, from how to tell your boss you’re not happy to making your office environment a happier place to be.
Five main reasons for unhappiness at work
The typical Brit spends 47 years in the working world. During this time, they will work 9,024 hours of unpaid overtime. They will also receive an average of nine pay rises and make an estimated 29,328 cups of tea – doesn’t sound so bad does it? They will have six job roles within six different companies. Any of the above sound tempting? Here are the tell-tale signs it could be time to rethink your nine-to-five.
You clock watch
Busy eyes don’t have time to stare at the little clock on the the computer screen. If you have a healthy workload, it’ll be lunchtime before you know it – and the afternoon will fly by in a blaze of emails, meetings and presentations.
If spend your afternoon willing the minute hand to hit 5pm, you don’t have enough to do. Speak with your line manager, boss or HR rep about taking on more responsibilities. Many managers are reluctant to delegate, so show you’re willing. Sometimes asking around the office if anyone needs some help is a big first step to getting more – and better – opportunities.
You can’t switch off
Busy’s good, but if you take your work home with you every night – on your laptop or in your head – you risk getting stressed out. Remember, being challenged isn’t the same as being overworked. A recent survey by recruitment specialists Universum found that just 10% of university leavers define ‘challenging work’ as having a heavy workload. Instead, this type of work is ‘to be competitively or intellectually challenged’. A good employer will get you the training required to do a job more efficiently – or hire new talent.
Find out more about how to improve health and wellbeing in the workplace.
In Unbreakable (2000), Bruce Willis spends the first half of the film moping about – unsure what’s wrong with him. When he discovers he can withstand a punch – and a train crash – he finds a new lease of life as a bulletproof superhero.
The lesson? Find your purpose and make that your work superpower. If your job isn’t satisfying your creative, problem-solving or people skills, find one that does. Your current employer should be able to give you the personal development training to change roles within the company or secure a promotion to a more satisfying job. That is, they will if they value you. If you're lucky, they may even create a new position just for you, in order to keep you on.
You fear Monday
It’s natural to have a face like Eeyore on a Monday morning – especially after a particularly good weekend. But if you spend your Sunday stressing, something’s up. Life’s too short to be miserable at work. If the thing making you anxious is more than workload, and you think you might be being bullied or harassed at work, you need to take action, and fast.
You can’t tell your boss
If you find it difficult to tell your boss you’re not happy at work – or worse, they offer little or no response when you do tell them, it could be time to move on. A good boss should recognise your good work, give you the responsibilities you can handle and be available for a quick chat. If they’re not, go and find a better one.
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