Most of us spend at least a third of the day at work. That’s a big chunk of time, so if something at work is making us unhappy, it has a huge impact on our lives. What are the main issues that make people unhappy at work? Let’s look at some of these issues and what we can do to make them better.
What is making us unhappy at work?
My clients often come to me with low job satisfaction, whether or not they’re aware of what is making them unhappy about their job. Here are 5 common reasons why people are unhappy with their jobs.
- Undervalued – You might feel undervalued at work because you’re not getting paid what you’re worth, not receiving recognition or reward for a job well done, or not being afforded as much responsibility as you can handle.
- Poor work-life balance – If you’re constantly working and have little time to spend with your family and pursue hobbies, you could end up overworked and resentful of your job for sapping all your free time and energy.
- Lack of prospects – Maybe you’re happy where you are now, but don’t see any potential for growth and progression. This could leave you feeling stagnant in your current position.
- Inharmonious work relationships – If you don’t get on with your colleagues or superiors, then it can make your work environment almost unbearable.
- The wrong fit – Perhaps you just aren’t passionate about the work your company does or you disagree with its values. Doing work you care about can make a big difference to job satisfaction.
What can we do about it?
The best first step to take is to talk to your boss about how you’re feeling. This might involve asking for a raise, making a request for flexible working, or discussing opportunities for training and development.
If your boss isn’t very receptive, then you may need to take responsibility for your own development. Seek out opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge that might help you progress. And, of course, seek out alternative employment if you feel like that’s the best option.
If you’re unhappy at work and don’t know what to do about it, career coaching could help you. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can work together to improve your situation.