Why do so many people hate their jobs?

We are a bunch of job-haters. What is going on?

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!

Why do so many people hate their jobs?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

Office Politics

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.


Things like

  • 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!

Working too hard?

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

Commuting can be stressfulDemand 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 YourselfBe 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?

Try Before You BuyIt 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…

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12 thoughts on “We are a bunch of job-haters. What is going on?”

  1. Yep, I totally agree with you. Working within our own company in our own subject of interest gives a better result than any other things. I checked out your online training program and I feel it is really worthy. Thanks a lot for such a nice post.

  2. What a great post! Sad, but so true in many cases. Thankfully, not all bosses are like that but too many!! Many of them fail to consider that these are real people with real lives and families, sacrificing so that they (the ones at the top) can reap the benefits. That is why I am so passionate about what we are doing here. This needs to change. Thanks for such a great article – so very well written!

    1. Thanks so much Debbie – I was thrilled to get your feedback and to know that you are benefiting from running your own business at Wealthy Affiliate. I wish you well, and if there’s anything you ever want to ask, please get in touch, Mara.

  3. Hello, I am personally still studying and I am not in this stage yet, however, I do work over the summer vacation in the office and I see how things are being done. I would do absolutely anything to avoid that daily grind from 7 am to 4 pm, some days even more, from 7 to 7, which is absolutely insane, but it’s being done anyways. Can I achieve financial freedom through this wealthy affiliate you’re talking about?

    1. Hello Dejan,

      Yes I do believe it’s possible to achieve financial freedom through Wealthy Affiliate. However, it’s important to point out that the time it takes is different for each person. It depends how quickly you learn and also how much time you invest in building your online business. However, if you swap even 80% of the office hours you are working, you will be off to a great start and it shouldn’t take you long! If you have any other questions, please just ask.


  4. I’ve had good and bad experiences with jobs, but the one I much prefer is working on my own. I can work when I want and how I want, it’s fab. I’ve always used Wealthy Affiliate.The only way I got to do this was by creating a blog, which started way back in 2012. I started it because I was a stay at home mum, so I was able to work around my children. I hope I never have to work for someone else again.

    1. Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for sharing your own experiences here. I think Wealthy Affiliate is a good option for stay at home moms, because it is so flexible. You can work at your own pace and when you want.

      Hope to see you here again, Mara

  5. I can really resonate with this post… not that I hated my old job, but that I just don’t want to go back to the 9-5 AT ALL after being at home now with our two children as a stay at home mom for almost 4 years. I DREAD the very idea of getting back into the rat race.
    I’ve looked into the online training progam that you recommend, Wealthy Affiliate, and building an online business would fit VERY nicely into a long term plan. Work like crazy now during nap times, and reap the benefits when the kids are a bit older that I won’t have to go back to work to help pay for their schooling. Maybe it’s the answer to my “job hating” feeling.
    Thanks for a good read!

    1. Thank you Marlaine. I am a work-from-home Mum too, so I completely sympathize with the whole juggling thing we seem to do. I believe there are a lot of us in the Wealthy Affiliate community, especially since it does give that flexibility of working times and patterns. All the best to you and your family, and I hope Wealthy Affiliate fits your longer-term plans. Mara

  6. That’s a very good post because what you’re saying about the US & the UK, a similar thing is happening here in Australia.

    People here are living further away from their workplace and commuting there and travelling long distances, so they end up having very long days which doesn’t leave them a lot of time for anything else.

    You can see the tension on their faces and that they hate their jobs, no wonder there is a thin layer of civility which leads to an increase in road rage.

    I’m glad to escape the 9 to 5 routine and I’m working for myself and I just want to make a success of this as I like the flexibility of it and I’ve gotten use to this lifestyle now, it’s good.

    1. Hi Adrian,

      Thank you for your comments and for sharing your own thoughts. Interesting that Australia is catching up with the rat race as well. Glad you have found something that allows you to lead the lifestyle you want. I wish you all the best, Mara

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