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"I'm so excited to slog through a nightmarish commute to my stale cubicle for a passive-aggressive fight over fridge space with Harry from Dev Ops again!" ... said no one, ever.
Even the most positive people have a few things they'd change about their work situation. And considering that people begin to hate their jobs at age 35 (the clock is ticking ... gulp), it's never too early to fix what's broken.
A separate report from Hired is pointing out some of the most common reasons people are unhappy at work. Do they sound familiar? The good news: You can take action to improve any of these.
You don't have opportunities to advance.
Doing the same thing day-in, day-out, isn't just boring — it can seriously impact your career trajectory. Before you jump ship, make sure you have ongoing discussions with your manager about both your contributions to the company's success as well as how your everyday work supports your professional goals. Bridging the gap could lead to more opportunities in your role, as well as the satisfaction that you're moving the needle on your company's overall mission.
If there's no clear path toward learning new skills, taking on more responsibility or — the ultimate goal — getting a promotion, it may be time to consider taking your career aspirations elsewhere.
You hate the company culture.
A company's office culture is what affects the total motivation of its people — from how the office is set up to the dress code to whether you're expected to burn the midnight oil. And a good one can mean the difference between a ho-hum environment and a "best place to work."
If you and your co-workers often commiserate over the lack of company culture, you could volunteer yourselves to lead the charge on new initiatives, like planning monthly happy hours or inviting guest speakers from your industry for "Lunch and Learn" sessions. Of course, this can only go so far — if there's company infighting or an overall demanding vibe from management, it might be time to fire up your LinkedIn page.
You feel underpaid.
No surprise here, but 60% of the Hired respondents said the top thing that would make them happier at work is more money; half even left their most recent jobs because they felt underpaid. If you're facing stagnant wages, it may be time to ask for a raise. If you do decide to take another job for a bigger paycheck, negotiate your job offer — like a signing bonus or a flexible schedule — to boost your bottom line.
You can't stand your manager or co-workers.
Whether you sit next to a company basher or work with a clique-y department, it's important to manage work relationships so colleagues don't bring down your day — or your overall job performance. Steering away from negative conversations and bringing in the positive side of things can be a good start. Working around a bad manager can feel way more intimidating, but that's where managing up can be crucial.