If the Gallop Poll people have it right, 85% of workers worldwide hate their jobs. They especially hate their boss.
Thankfully, it’s significantly better in the U.S. Around 30% of Americans offered that they felt engaged.
But that still means that 70% of Americans don’t love their job. And a growing number of them do, in fact, hate their jobs.
Hating what you do everyday for 8 or more hours a day is no way to live. And you don’t have the luxury of leaving your distaste for your job at work. It comes home with you in your attitude every single evening.
When you hate your job, it spills out into other areas of your life.
It definitely impacts your health in negative ways. The stress will interfere with your sleep habits, your eating habits, and your motivation to exercise and generally take care of yourself. The irritability that goes with hating your job can spill over into your closest relationships, and it can lead to the abuse of alcohol and drugs that help to mask the pain of your discontent and malaise.
So, assuming that you hate your job which may the reason you are reading this post, what can you do about it? You probably feel stuck. You may feel like there isn’t anything you can do about it. You have to work, after all, right? You’ve got bills to pay and a family to support.
I work with teachers and mid-career professionals who are suffering from burnout. They call me out of frustration, but they also feel a lot of fear and anxiety. They don’t know what else they can do.
Many of them who have already reached the point of no return feel that they can’t just walk away from the financial security of a retirement plan or pension. Yet, many of them worry that they just can’t make it for the 10 years or more that would be required for them to make it to their retirement.
They feel stuck. And feeling stuck makes them feel anxious. And feeling anxious leads to even more stress. And stress gone unchecked will make you sick.
But what if you weren’t stuck at all?
What if you could decide to change your circumstances by making a new decision about what you will and won’t tolerate in your work situation? What if you gave yourself permission to explore your possible alternatives?
I have created a whole Masterclass on just that topic. I invite you to take a look at it. It’s free to register, and the information in it is good, if I say so myself.
In this presentation, you learn that you do have the right to choose what career path you select for yourself. And, more importantly, it is never too late for you to course correct. (Heck, I changed my career completely at the age of 60. If I could do it, anyone can!)
It is a matter of believing that change is possible for you. That’s where you start. But I know there are a lot of skeptics out there. Many people feel that they are stuck for good and because they believe they can’t change, they stay stuck.
Just consider for a moment, however. What if your job disappeared for some reason? Then you wouldn’t have any choice. You would have to figure out something else to do, wouldn’t you? Think that can’t happen to you? It happens all the time. Jobs disappear. Someone decides that you are no longer doing the job that is required, and you are let go.
If you are feeling burned out or disengaged in your job, the chances of your being let go increase exponentially. You can’t hide it well when you are just going through the motions of doing what is required. People can tell if you enjoy your work or not.
So, take a look at the free presentation and see if you feel more optimistic that you have other choices you can make. Not only might it change your attitude about work, it might have the collateral effect of changing your life for the better, too.