The day you get hired is probably the most shining episode of your career journey. Except fast forward to your first midyear bonus, when a plethora of workplace stressors reveal their true colours, the job that was once shining seems to lose its shimmer. Now, the last thing you want to do is log in to your e-mail and see a whole new set of tasks waiting for you to get them done. Pretty much everyone feels the same thing sometimes, and that’s totally fine.  

First of all, no job can ever be perfect. Whether you are a newbie or you’ve been in the industry for a while, there will be days when you feel like enough is enough. But, before you decide to shift into a greener work pasture, know that there are some strategies you can use to make the job you hate more meaningful and interesting. 

At the end of this article, you will be able to look at your job from a different point of view. Perhaps, a few tweaks on your working style can help you find joy and satisfaction in what you do. Our tips may not only keep you happier at work but also help you keep the benefits and reputation you’ve worked so hard to earn.

Identify the things that bother you the most.

Sometimes, you’ll already know what particular things could be triggering your spite. For instance, you might feel like your hard work is not fairly compensated or it might have something to do with how the management mistreats you. Anyhow, the moment you find out all your areas of dissatisfaction, you will be able to find some ways to solve the problem. By simply writing down your concerns on a piece of paper will somehow make you feel more relieved. 

Reorganise your priorities. 

When it comes to our hierarchy of tasks, we usually start with the interesting ones. This time, try to reshuffle your workload calendar by doing the least interesting tasks first. Looking forward to your preferred tasks will make you more motivated to finish the mundane ones.  

Remind yourself of what made you choose this job. 

If you feel like nothing about your job is making you feel good, try to remember the reason why you take the offer in the first place. Whether it’s about paying the bills, enjoying some perks or building up your career experience, reminding yourself of the reasons to take this job could make you realise that your job might be worth staying at. 

Speak with you manager or human resources department.

One of the major responsibilities of modern HR support leaders is to provide employees with career advancement opportunities. If it’s fair enough to hope for a promotion, sit with your manager over a coffee to discuss your interest in leveraging your skills and adjusting your job description for a more professional title. Maybe it is your skills — not your job — that need a push to make you happy.     

Reward yourself. 

Never forget to indulge yourself every once in a while. The pleasure of buying things you like or treating yourself to a fine dinner after a long day’s work will not just alleviate your stress but also motivate you to thrive harder.   

Take some time off to recharge and reflect.

If you work too hard for a long time, you start to feel overwhelmed and it wreaks havoc on your overall career satisfaction whether you love or hate your job. Implement yourself with a work/life balance by taking vacations or just mini coffee-breaks to soften the grind. You can also take your personal time off as an opportunity to reflect in your career life. Ask yourself: is it the job or is it you? Look, there’s probably more to life than how your job is making you feel like a victim. At the end of the day, it is up to you whether you want to make the most of your job or find content and happiness somewhere else.       

Find a more fulfilling job.

Just in case you have tried all these tips yet you still feel the same thing about your job, maybe it’s about time that you consider quitting. Do not be afraid to take risks and start over just because you think you’re way too old for a new career path. Remember, the years of experience and reputation you’ve managed to build up will be your greatest guns out there. You’re not starting from scratch anymore. You’re starting from experiences.  

By Sarah Contreras

Sarah is a full-time writer whose main enthusiasm switches between good food and underrated films. Aside from writing sonnets at 6 am, she also blogs general issues and smart financing tips. When she’s not writing, she spends her precious little time thinking of what to write next.

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