Survey Says: You'll Hate Your Job by 35. Here's What to Do About It
August 22, 2017
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We all have those days when we just really don't feel like going to the office. Like when it's perfect beach weather outside but there's an over-air-conditioned cube with your name on it.
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like that occasional lack of excitement becomes the norm once we hit 35.
Turns out, that's the age when people start hating their jobs, according to a new survey conducted by Happiness Works on behalf of human resource firm Robert Half U.K.
One in six of the 2,000 British workers surveyed over age 35 reported unhappiness in their job. That's more than double the number of those under 35 who had the same feelings.
And things seem to only get worse with age, as nearly a third of people over 55 said they felt under-appreciated.
While more years on the job tends to equate to higher salaries, there's also more job-related stress, plus the struggle to balance work and family. Sixteen percent of participants over 55 also attributed their unhappiness to a lack of friends in the workplace.
Maybe you can't imagine a day not loving your job, or maybe you're years away from 35 and wondering how it could possibly get any worse. Either way, here are some tips to help prevent job burnout so you can keep crushing it in your career.
Invest in Office Friendships: You may only think of work as, well, work, but that doesn't mean you can't make some friends while you're at it. Having a work bestie gives you someone to talk to when you're struggling with a project, or to grab a mid-day coffee with so you get a break from the office. Make a point to attend your company's social activities, if they offer any, and actually get to know your co-workers.
Learn New Skills: Yes, you've got your degree and mastered the ins and outs of your job, but that doesn't mean you're done learning. Taking online courses or attending a workshop on a topic you find interesting can not only make you better in your current role, but it could also open up opportunities down the road, whether for a promotion within your department or a total career change.
Take a Vacation Already: We all know the restorative power a good vacation can have on our physical and mental well-being, yet too many people are still leaving PTO on the table each year. And you wonder why you feel burned out? Those days are there for a reason, so take a break from the office and unwind. And don't be afraid to ask for an extended vacation. Research shows weeks- to months-long breaks actually benefit both you and your employer.