If you’re unhappy with your current job, it’s probably not difficult to figure out why that’s the case. One reason is that survey after survey has been conducted of workers during the past several years, and those workers have provided very similar reasons for their dissatisfaction.
Job site Hired conducted its own research this past year, and the result of that research was Hired’s Dream Jobs Report. The subtitle of the report is “What makes us happy at work?” As you might imagine, the report also identifies what makes people unhappy at work.
Okay, let’s address the “elephant in the room.” Undeniably, money plays a role here. In other words, how much money a person earns affects how that person views their job.
As an example, according to the Dream Jobs Report, nearly three in four employed adults who reported hating their job indicated that they stay in a job they hate because they need the financial stability. In addition, one in two survey participants reported that they left their most recent job because they were being underpaid.
So, yes—money plays a role. However, it has plenty of competition. Let’s find out how much. According to Hired’s Dream Jobs Report, below are the top four reasons why people hate their jobs:
#1—Few or no opportunities for advancement
There’s a good chance that you don’t want to do the same thing you’ve been doing for the next 10, 15, or 20 years. You want to “move up the ladder,” earn promotions, and tackle challenging work worthy of your talent and skills. If those opportunities don’t exist, then you probably feel like you’re stuck in a dead-end job.
#2—Not enjoying the company culture
You have to like where you work or you’re not going to be happy in your job. What kind of culture is your current employer trying to cultivate? What’s your employer’s mission statement? Does your employer have a list of core values? If so, are those values listed or displayed somewhere? You may like the work that you do, but where you do that work is a separate matter.
Okay, back to the “elephant in the room.” We’re currently in a recovering economy and a candidates’ market. That means candidates, especially top candidates, have options. That also means if you’re good at what you do, then you should be compensated well for it. How well does your employer compensate YOU for the work that you do?
#4—Disliking their manager or colleagues
We all know that a bad boss can make work miserable. So can co-workers or colleagues. You’ve probably heard this phrase before: “People don’t quit their job. They quit their boss.” There’s a kernel of truth in that statement. A bad boss isn’t always the reason that a person quits their job, but what they think of their manager can ultimately make or break their decision.
Do you identify with any of these four reasons? Do you think you might actually hate your job? Then the New Year is a great time to find a new employment opportunity, and The Doepker Group can help!
Don’t settle for being unhappy. Find a great new opportunity instead!