10 Steps to Love the Job You Hate


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10 steps to love the job you hate although we would all ideally love our jobs all of the time this is not the case for the majority of us indeed a lot of us find ourselves hating our jobs at some point in our lives although it s sometimes completely the right thing to do to quit a job we hate this is not always a realistic option in some cases it s more viable to do what we can to make our current role bearable depending on the attitude we adopt and the actions we take to this end we may even end up coming to love the job we hate whether you hate your job because of boredom frustration the hours the type of work the people you work with your boss or the customers there s always a way through if not an immediate way out firstly get clear on what exactly it is about your job that you really hate so that you can start the process of finding your way through it 1 talk to your boss think about discussing ways to alter your workload or about the kind of work you currently do whether you re underworked overworked bored by the work or overwhelmed by it your boss will understand that you will never be as productive as you could be unless something changes knowing that you have the option to discuss your options can be a great start to shaping something new be prepared for an open and honest conversation with your boss and evaluate what will be best for you your team your boss and your organisation follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com


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2 look to work with different people even if you don t necessarily hate your co-workers it can refresh your outlook on your work and the aspects of it that you do hate to involve different people with it on upcoming projects ask to be teamed with individuals you don t usually work with or even interact with at all around the workplace on a more informal basis you can ask such individuals for input into your ideas or include them in your brainstorming sessions on a different level ask your organization if it has access to external consultants you could perhaps team up with on some things mix it up to get a new take on things 3 work with people you get on with if you already know which people you enjoy working with and work well with find more opportunities to work with them internally this could mean asking permission to work on your next presentation with someone you know you have good chemistry with externally there will be individual suppliers and customers you have particularly good rapports with nurture these relationships strengthen these bonds and take an active role in continuing to grow and develop them if you ve previously worked with external consultants and you gelled well with them consider asking for their input again 4 explore your options transfer to a different team or department if there s nothing going for you where you are think about manoeuvring a sideways shift have a conversation with your boss and see if they are open to the idea of you transferring to a different business area think smartly about how you can be helpful in bringing this about rather than sitting back and expecting to be moved somewhere new do some research before submitting your request and look at which areas of the organization play to your strengths or what new teams are on the horizon that you might want to get involved with seek those interesting opportunities where your input can be valued 5 find a confidant regardless of whether you stay in your current team or switch to a different one there will be times where you ll just want to let off steam although your boss is the person to talk to for a lot of issues this is not the kind of individual we re talking about here an alternative confidant may be a colleague a mentor a close friend in another department and so on they will be someone you can trust someone you can have a private conversation with in a closed space knowing it will go no further follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com


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you ll be able to talk to this person not only about matters that weigh on your own heart personally but also about co-workers or specific work or office issues you ve reached a certain level of concern over 6 make the most of your free time a lot of us find ourselves resenting the time we spend at work because of what we re doing -or rather not doing with our time away from the desk by spending your spare time with the people you care about as well as making quality time for yourself and by engaging in activities that invigorate and energize as well as finding time to chill and unwind you ll find you enjoy both work and play more 7 be healthy your mind and body will be in a better state to take on the world of work if you look after them through diet and fitness a poor diet lacking the correct balance of nutrients leads to us feeling both sluggish and irritable which only exacerbates any negative feelings we experience in the workplace by eating regularly and more healthily and trying our best to get some regular exercise into our schedule we increase our energy levels and alertness and we lift our mood it s surprising how much these changes can contribute to a more positive attitude towards our jobs getting enough sleep will also help us feel less tired and more ready to face each new morning 8 be flexible sometimes it s just a matter of time or to be more specific hours if you resent your job because your work schedule restricts you from doing the school run or dropping in on your elderly parents during the day don t feel you have to put up with it in silence talk to your employer about possibly shifting your hours around for example to give yourself time to do the morning school run you could start work a little later and finish up a little later likewise if the afternoon run is your responsibility start earlier and leave earlier instead with more and more organizations waking up to the reality of flexible working and its bigger presence in the 21st century business world being creative with your work schedule shouldn t be seen as radical or a problem but rather as a sign of your flexibility and adaptability as a worker 9 personalise your working space if we re spending at least eight hours a day five days a week staring at the same blank four walls and the same boring desk it s little wonder our office space can feel like a prison and our job like a life sentence personalize your working space with photos of friends and family favourite ornaments or decorations or even a vase of brightly coloured flowers if your chair is uncomfortable or the wrong height bring in a cushion or two and ask your health safety officer or office manager to demonstrate how to safely adjust your seat height follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com


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10 get organized few things are more demoralizing at work than the inbox on your computer screen filled with unsorted and unread emails or the inbox on your desk filled with papers you haven t even glanced at yet in both cases there is no point in putting off dealing with the backlog until some magical point in time when you ll be able to whizz through everything in five minutes flat take a minute right now to set aside a window of time where you will sort emails and hard documents alike into different folders so you have a clearer idea of where you are with them also play around with the apps on your tablet or smart-phone to see which ones help you with being more organized in your day-today working life this checklist has been created by position ignition ltd one of the uk s leading career consulting companies please contact enquiries@positionignition.com for more information or to suggest additional resources follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com



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