Have you ever had the thought while you are at work why am I still here? Millions of people around the world ponder this question everyday of their working lives. Many stay at jobs they hate because they have no other options. A vast majority do it because they have to support loved ones be it a wife and kids, elderly parents or themselves.
The global economy is still struggling to return to pre-recession levels of employment which has given employers the upper hand in terms of recruiting talent. Does this have to stop you from leaving a job you hate? Absolutely not but many stay because…
1. The Unknown
People fear the unknown. This is a natural human emotion. Our brains are hard wired to stick with what we know. That is how we have survived as a species on this beautiful planet but is not conducive for life changing decisions.
Lets face it, a lot of us don’t have a abundant supply of this when it comes to looking for new job. Self doubt creeps in from time to time eating away at our drive and determination to change. Am I good enough for the job? Will they like me? Do I match well with the job qualifications? These are questions that pop into our heads at the most inconvenient time such as a interview or a networking event. Prospective employers can smell a lack of confidence from a mile away.
This is probably the one that stops people the most. Change requires effort. If your jobs leaves you tired, it is harder to be motivated to look for a better job. We make excuses not to do it. I’m tired. My shows are on. Kids need help with their homework. These life events make change hard but not impossible.
We as children are taught to look at the brighter side of things. Find the positive even in a bad situation. We carry this life lesson into adulthood. When our employers treat us badly or have unrealistic expectation from us we tend to rationalize these situations away. We say thing like “it’s not that bad, at least I have a job” or “my boss was just having a bad day. He will be better tomorrow.” That tomorrow never comes.
5. Bad Advice
Everybody has a opinion about what you should do about your job. The people closest to you tend to give you the worst advice! They will only tell you what you want to hear. They will tell you that you need to stay at your miserable job until you find a equally miserable job to replace your old one! Friends and family might understand you but they don’t understand how your job sucks the life out of you everyday.
6. Taking action
Pulling the trigger and putting in your two week notice to your employer can be downright scary. Once you utter the words “I quit”, there is no going back. There are no mulligans here. You are essentially breaking up with the employer and your co-workers. No more office parties or dress down Fridays once you turn in the pink slip. This is a step too far for most.
A lot of people hate their jobs but are unwilling to do anything about their current employment situation to make life better for themselves. I hope this won’t become you! Carpe Diem! Seize the day! Be bold and decisive in your decisions. Don’t second guess. Just do. Live life. Be happy.
Written by Robert Hall