Do you happen to hate your job? It’s not uncommon, and you’re not alone. In fact, 70% of Americans hate their job.
Although I cannot offer you the statistics for Singapore, but I can assure you, it’s probably not too far. It turns out, Singapore’s workforce ranks the UNHAPPIEST amongst her Asian counterparts. Face it, we’re living in a hyper-competitive country where the brightest of minds fight it out as early as primary schooling, what more in the working world? Our numbers could be higher and it wouldn’t surprise me at all! But back to the point: For every effect, there is a cause. And here’s why you hate your job!
Most of the time, we look at what’s obvious and deem that that person or that circumstance or whatever reason you can conceive is the reason why you hated your job. But allow me to pry deeper and see if you could agree with me. I’m writing this because I know that this post would go out to someone who would benefit from this, and potentially steer away from hating his/her job. It’s only when we know the underlying reason that we can truly resolve the issue.
At The Beginning – That Temp. Job
I believe it all begins at the very beginning, your personal finances. Ask yourself honestly, why did you take up your job? Is your motivation money, and money alone? Usually that’s the case, especially when we finished O levels and are looking for some income to pamper ourselves, often too much.
All those part-time jobs that pay well for a short period of commitment. There’s no point loving the job if you’re going to leave soon anyway so you just keep your eyes on the money. You slowly begin to then take up jobs that you don’t even like, just for the money. This grows into a habit and you reach a point where even for a full-time employment, your eyes is only on the money and not personal growth, development and happiness.
To you, there’s nothing to gain except money from all the time you put into the work. You’re well-compensated, and as some falsely believe, money can buy you happiness.
You Allow Money To Numb Your Pain, For Now.
As you work, you’re bound to meet people who you can’t get along with, office politics, that harsh boss that doesn’t appreciate your efforts, etc. There are 101 reasons that will come up and they will begin to erode the excitement of receiving a higher pay or a new environment. Nonetheless, you keep your eyes on the money and that’s your only driving force between keeping you on the job and finding a new one.
When Money Isn’t The Solution Anymore
You hate the job, but you don’t have a better opportunity that will compensate you well enough, so you begrudgingly stay on. As time goes by, weeks, months, years, you’re still at that company and hating it, but you’re compensated well enough to keep you staying there. That was Scenario A. Here is Scenario B, and what’s more common. Naturally, your attitude towards your work will turn for the worse as you begin submitting unsatisfactory reports or being rude to your superiors, or worse, your clients. You’re lucky if you even get promoted with a crappy attitude. It’s more likely that your salary won’t change until your attitude changes. Are you still wondering why you aren’t promoted yet?
I Hate My Job!
You’re still reading? That means there’s some truth in what I said, but I do hope it hasn’t escalated to a point beyond redemption. Don’t worry, I didn’t write this to remind you why you hate your job. It’s only natural that we complain about life as we age, about how we’re dealt with a bad hand in this game of life. But while we’re looking everywhere else for reasons why we’re in this current circumstance, have we looked at ourselves?
As Michael Jackson sings “I’m starting with the Man in the mirror. I’m asking Him to change his ways. And no message could have been any clearer. If you wanna make the world a better place.”
I can only present you a macro view of what is happening, but the changes are micro and within you. Change is never easy, but when you have a strong enough reason to change, which I hope this post can offer, you will be able to endure it through the transition. It could be being nice to that colleague who never treats you well, or turning a difficult circumstance into an opportunity to grow from within.
On Temporary Jobs
Remember when I attributed hating your job to your personal finances? I think it’s only fair that I come back to this point. You see, when your finances aren’t in place and you have no savings, it’s more than likely that you’ll take up jobs you don’t even like just to pay off your bills. What money can buy you is not happiness, it’s choice.
What do you do when you have bills to pay but have no money to pay up? You begin taking up jobs you don’t even like just to make ends meet. It begins with temporary jobs, to buy things you cannot afford. Then it escalates into working a full-time job that you don’t even like just to pay for that mortgage or car loan which you couldn’t afford in the first place.
When you have your finances set, at least you’re in no rush to take up just about any job that comes your way. You have more time to look for the job that you feel will groom and nurture you. You now can say “No!” to jobs you don’t like because you have that financial buffer.
If you’re a young adult reading this, I sincerely hope you take actions now to begin building your financial buffer so you wouldn’t have to take up a full-time job in the future you don’t even like in the first place.
That’s what having money can do, you have the privilege to choose.
While I do not discredit the benefits of a temporary job, I do blame that it can potentially create the false mindset in youths that when he/she works, it’s only for money, to buy things which makes them happy temporarily. Personally, I’ve taken up a few temporary jobs as well, I.T fairs, quality checker, and sales. While the money was decent and it helped build my capital, I’m glad I didn’t stay to the point where my mindset would be to work only for money.
I understand that not everybody’s economic background is the same, but that shouldn’t matter in the long-run. We all have different starting points and our reasons to work at first can all be different. But I firmly believe that we will grow to hate our jobs if we keep being fixated on the money alone. Look for personal growth, you’ll be happier and you’ll do better!
Maybe when our parents told us to save up, they didn’t just mean save up to buy a tangible item. Maybe they meant save up so you can buy choices in life in the future. Don’t wait to save up only when you’ve landed yourself in a stable job, save up even if your only income is from your allowance. It will come in handy some day in the future.