Do you hate your job, but can’t put your finger what bothers you most? Here are a few reasons you may be dissatisfied — and what you can do about it.
A year and a half ago, a massive Gallup poll revealed what many probably already knew: .
Why, though? What is it about our jobs that we don’t like? And what can we do about it?
James Altucher, a writer, investor and entrepreneur, has on his blog. Being dissatisfied with your career is a feeling he knows well: years ago, he literally walked out of a job he hated and never looked back.
Why do we hate our jobs?
Altucher lists 15 reasons we hate our jobs. Here are three that are particularly bold, as well as our suggestions for combating them. ( to tweet these reasons and solutions.)
“Jobs are modern-day slavery. We are paid just enough to live and not more. You are punished if you ask for more.”
Solution: If you’re punished for asking for a raise, you’re not at the right company. As long as you’re prepared, you should never be afraid to
“There’s a glass ceiling. It doesn’t matter if you are a woman or minority or a white man. The glass ceiling is that you aren’t allowed to make more than your Master, even if he’s an idiot.”
Solution: If you feel limited in your career, it might be time to consider . Being your own boss, or “Master,” as Altucher puts it, is the only way to make the glass ceiling dissolve.
“When you were a kid you liked to draw, and read, and run, and laugh, and play, and imagine a magical world. You’re never going to do any of that again.”
Solution: This is a scary prospect, and it doesn’t have to come true. Don’t let your work become your life. Take care of yourself, , and make time for those who matter.
Is quitting the answer?
Though Altucher believes the best way to stop hating your job is to start working for yourself, that lifestyle may not appeal to everyone. If you don’t want to become an entrepreneur, Altucher urges you — at the very least — to become an “entre-ployee.”
“Take control of who you report to, what you do, what you create. Or start a business on the side,” he writes in another . “Deliver some value, any value, to anybody, to somebody, and watch that value compound into a career.”
Do you hate your job? Do any of these reasons (or solutions) resonate with you?
Susan Shain (@Susan_Shain) is a freelance writer and travel blogger who loves helping people discover adventure.