6 Reasons Your Job Sucks

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Career Advice | 6 comments

We’ve all had really bad jobs, and worse bosses. Jobs where we are overworked, undervalued, and underpaid. Jobs were we deal with difficult, or even toxic co-workers, and jobs that burned us out.

Yeah, I’ve been there, you’ve been there. Some jobs are so bad the only option is to do your best to get through each day until you find something better. You don’t need me to tell you about those jobs- you already know about them.

Most of the time, however, it’s not your job that sucks but your attitude towards your job that sucks. A bold statement, literally and figuratively, and I assure you I’m speaking from experience here.

The majority of my pain and suffering is self-inflicted- not intentionally, of course, but as the result of negative thinking and negative habits. Negative thinking and negative habits lead to stress, conflict, unhappiness, and extreme job suckage. Break out of your rut and get more out of your job and your life!

6 Reasons Your Job Sucks

01. You complain

Sometimes complaining helps resolve problems but most of the time complaining only serves to keep you, and everyone around you, focused on what isn’t working instead of what is. The more you focus on what isn’t working, the more you notice every little thing that isn’t working.

Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, try focusing on what’s right! Don’t repeat your complaints (say them only once if you absolutely have to), and do repeat your compliments!

02. You mind everyone else’s business

Keeping tabs, and scorecards, on your co-workers is an effective way to create unhappiness in your job. You want to know why?- because you have absolutely no control over what anyone else says, thinks, or does- talk about a losing battle! You’ll constantly feel like the objects of your attention has all the attention and power and they do- at the very least they certainly have yours.

Keeping your attention on your work and your professional growth will yield far better results. Do your best work, be your best, and you’ll experience a greater sense of satisfaction from your work and greater professional success!

03. You compare yourself to others

Every time you compare yourself to others you hurt yourself. You think you’re better oor worse than someone else- either way you marginalize your unique talents and skills by giving more mental power to your judgements than your work.

What if you stopped comparing and capitalized on your strengths? Take pride in your work, show and build the qualities that make you a kick-ass employee! Who cares what anyone else is doing- what are you doing?

04. You don’t say no

If you have trouble saying no you’re likely to experience frustration, anger, resentment, and burnout- yuck, no wonder your job sucks!

Say no when you’re honestly unable or unwilling to agree to a request and, believe me, your co-workers will respect you and you’ll have the resources to do your best work and enjoy work more.

05. You assume

Let’s say you think you know better than your co-workers, or worse, your boss. Maybe you do, maybe you don’t, but when you assume you know better you’re definitely making an ass out of “u”!

What if you think you can or can’t do something even though no one has directly said you can or can’t. When you assume you predetermine the outcome and fail to even consider the alternatives.

Every time you make assumptions you limit your opportunity to learn, to change, and grow. Don’t assume- challenge your assumptions. Ask questions! Be thoughtful and curious. Be awesome!

06. You’re waiting

You’ll finally be happy at work when…. when you get the promotion you want, when you get a raise, when your boss listens to your ideas, when you get the credit you deserve, etc., etc., etc. If you’re waiting for things to go your way before you’ll be happy, well, I’ve got bad news for you, you’ve got a lot of waiting in your future.

What if you were happy just because you are happy? What if you were confident, happy, and satisfied with yourself and doing your best work, and that was enough? What if you stopped waiting for life to get good and made the most of the good that’s already there?

What if the job have today was awesome?!

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Letting go of negative attitudes and habits is easier said than done but it is possible. Embrace the possibility! If you catch yourself repeating attitudes and behaviors that make your job suck you can, at any moment, choose to think, do, or be something positive instead. Keep it up and you may just find your job doesn’t suck. Maybe your job is pretty okay. Maybe your job is even great!

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I love your comments! What other self-defeating attitudes and habits lead to unhappiness at work?

6 Comments

  1. Okay Chrysta, I agree with you 100% on this one.

    I know I shared this story before but I had a girlfriend that hated her job. Oh sure, the job itself wasn’t the best but we all know that if your attitudes are better then the job really isn’t so bad.

    She complained all the time about the people hating her. Okay, so she had slept with the boss but that had been a very long time ago and I think he hired her because he thought he’d get another opportunity which of course he didn’t.

    So she wasn’t very liked to start out with but I told her to change her attitude and be nice to all the ladies whether she wanted to or not. It didn’t even take five days tops but she excitedly called me to tell me that everyone was so nice to her that day and even invited her to lunch. Do you know that! All of a sudden the job wasn’t so bad after all. Go figure!

    I truly believe it’s more about the attitude then the work or job itself. You can even turn the bosses impression around to your advantage when you have the right mindset.

    Been there and done that!

    ~Adrienne

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Adrienne!

      I love hearing your stories, even when I’ve heard them before. And yes yes yes- our own attitude has such a huge impact on our experience. No job is perfect, of course, but I’ve seen good people be miserable at pretty okay jobs because they had a bad attitude about it. I love hearing how a slight change in her attitude completely changed her experience! AWESOME!

      Since I’d rather be happy then unhappy, well, I will choose to improve my attitude as much as I can so I can experience the best of life instead of the worst of it!

      Thanks for your wisdom and inspiration! Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  2. First time on your blog and I really like what I read. I can definitely relate to all these. They all stuck out to me LOL…I think everyone who has a job should read this. This gives all of us a good look at ourselves to see if we match the list you have above and to correct our behavior. Thanks for sharing Chrysta!

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Sherman!

      I, too, have been guilty of all of these bad habits that make work seem a lot suckier than it really is. Thankfully I learned what a difference positive habits can make so I don’t have to experience more bad than good. I hope others can learn from my experience and start enjoying their jobs more!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  3. Hi Chrysta

    I was in the first 2 paragraphs and I know what you refer to in the rest of the post.

    When I was working as quality control in a warehouse years ago, many a time I was put in charge of projects. One of the tasks was to work with temporary employees that would come and relabel items. Many times the project would be weeks. On one particular project we had almost finished labeling an item after 2 days and one of the bosses came and decided that was not what he wanted on the label. So we had to redo the labeling and after another day and a half he decided it still was not right. So we had to set about and label the project again. One of temps was getting a little upset. I told him “look at it this way, does it make any difference how many times he wants the project done over, you are still here getting paid, without this relabeling, you would not be here now.” Talk about an attitude change, he could then see the good and that it was not a reflection on him.

    Another time a guy complained that an older man was not doing his fair share of shrink wrapping. I told him that “he was older and did not want him to have a heart attack on the job, but that I was also watching and sometimes we hire temps to stay on, and although I have no control over it, I know you are working hard.” His attitude changed. We did hire him and he remembered what I told him and was grateful.

    Mary

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Mary!

      I love the stories you shared- thanks for giving examples of how a change in attitude can make a “bad” job feel good. Our attitudes are so important in managing what we experience.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

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