If like me you are an avid people-watcher, you don’t have to look very far to see people that look ultra miserable with their lot in life. And even more so on a working day!
In fact, there are studies that prove just how unhappy people really are with their jobs. 70% of Americans and 60% of British people hate their jobs! And if you’re in London, this rises to a whopping 80%! This according to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace Report and studies by the London School of Business and Finance.
Perhaps the easiest place to observe this phenomenon is during a work-day commute – especially stuck in a traffic jam. You look around and view a sea of other drivers all looking cross and fed up, and definitely not excited to face the day ahead. So what makes people so peeved off about their jobs or work? And one question that I always ask myself when I see these folk, “Why don’t they do something about it?”
Massive amounts of time are spent in our working life – whether you work for yourself, someone else or a big corporation. So if we spend so much time working, why wouldn’t we pick something that makes us happy.
Let’s take a look into some of the reasons why there are so many job-haters in these two Western countries…and these are in no particular order!
Why are there so many job-haters?
Lack of fulfillment
Some of the moans include:
- I’m not getting anywhere
- This job isn’t using the my skills or what I was trained to do
- I can’t advance or progress – I’m going to be stuck in this place for the rest of my life
- This company doesn’t do anything worthwhile
- I’m not making a difference to anyone
Do you have a case of “Horrible Bosses”? Remember the movie that came out a few years ago? Loads of people say they hate their boss, and in some cases it may be the boss’s fault! Some bosses aren’t well trained or experienced enough to know the qualities of a good boss.
- listening and offering support
- being constructive, as opposed to critical
- making sure you have the right training and equipment to do your job
Or perhaps it goes one step further to the harassment stage – verbal, mental or physical (like this horrible boss above)- UUgh, no-one wants that, right?
If you want to rage at your boss, feel free to vent at the end of this article – most of us have experienced it all before! So you’re in good company!!
I picked USA and UK for a reason – these two countries have some of the hardest working individuals I know. How do I know? I’ve seen where it’s better!
I’ve spent much time in Europe, and take Italy for example. No one bats an eyelid if a shop shuts for a couple of hours in the afternoon. It’s also unlikely they’re open before 10am either…but, they may stay open long into the evening. Whatever the timetable, the atmosphere is just so much more relaxed. No hustle and bustle, no arm jostling racing to get to the next place on time. And what did I notice the most – the big smiles on people’s faces, and the community spirit. Everyone has time for a chat and nothing is too much trouble. It’s just a relaxed culture there.
Polar opposites in USA and UK. Quite often people rush back to work after having babies, no-one engages with those around them much and everyone is rushing. Why? Because it’s expected – it’s what everyone else does, so we better had too. Especially if we want to keep our job!
Lack of Control
Many of us don’t feel in control of our destinies when we’re working in a job. We may work to someone else’s instructions, for a company or business that controls the direction. In fact, it may feel like we’re taking orders – maybe we should have joined the army instead!
For some, their creative spirit feels squashed into insignificance. Either way, when we feel out of control we can get scared and unhappy very easily.
The Daily Grind
Demand for jobs and the cost of living have rocketed over the past decades, so what happens. People live further away from their jobs, and spend more time getting there. Work-life balance suffers – in fact for some, it’s a question of “What work-life balance? I don’t have one!”
What does it all equal? A big, fat portion of stress!!
Why don’t people leave then, if it’s so horrible?
If you are used to a regular income, even if you hate your job, it can be hard to leave. What will you do? How will you make ends meet?
Fear of the Unknown
This is a huge psychological barrier for some people. They might feel like leaving their job, for another job or something else even, is like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. It’s that simple fear of not knowing the future that can hold people back.
Sense of Responsibility
“Me Tarzan, you Jane” – well not quite, that’s a bit basic! But what if you are the major breadwinner in your family? You might be a man or a woman, but either way if there are others rely on you to provide for them, then you will feel a degree of responsibility. Heck, it could be just your pet, but maybe they cost a packet to look after and you can’t live without them.
What should you do?
There’s only one thing I can advise and that’s:
Be True to Yourself
Whether you want to leave your job but don’t know how, or whether you are ready and waiting to pursue your real passion, only you can decide when the time is right for you.
Stress is a major contributor to ill health, and leaving a job is more stressful for some people than leaving a job they hate. This is sad, but it’s a fact and I would never advocate putting yourself under a greater stress load by choice.
However, a bit of soul-searching may help you answer what it is you really want. Don’t you feel you deserve to be working at something that makes you happy? Maybe even working for yourself would be more fulfilling. There are plenty of options available to help people get started, including some great free resources.
Does working for yourself appeal?
Maybe you want to start working for yourself part-time, until you feel secure enough to cut the apron strings to your job. That’s what I did!
If so, I highly recommend you take a look at this online training program, which is totally free to get into and take a look around. There’s some cool training to get you started, and then if you like what you see you can become a Premium member. But only if you want to – you are in control. Even then it’s a bargain at less than $25 a month.
They can show you how to make it as your own boss – sound good?
It comes with great support and a massive community that all share experiences and information. Several hundreds of thousands of people hang out here and are thriving with their own online business – cool, huh? All you need is a passion for something and the will to succeed, and the door is open for you.
So do you hate your job? And what’s stopping you from leaving? Would love to get some chat going below about your particular situation or feelings – don’t be shy! It could be YOUR doorway to happiness…If you like this, why not share it?