Monday, February 4, 2013

Frustrated Incorporated


Your job can be an emotional rollercoaster- you love it, you hate it; you’re fulfilled, you’re discouraged; it gives you free time, it’s a waste of your time; and so it goes on and on and on.

We have all been there. Time and time again, the job that you once loved has become the job where you can barely make it through your day without feeling like a slave to the almighty dollar. This is the point where you begin to rationalize: How much money do you need (minimally) to pay your bills? How many hours can you cut back and not lose your benefits? How much money do you really need to retire?

So now what? Do you deal with it? Do you quit? Do you talk to your boss? Do you confide in a trusted colleague?

I can’t tell you what to do- this is one of those moments where you need to decide for yourself what the best course of action is for you. However, I can tell you what NOT to do.

Do NOT tell everyone at work everything that you think about your job (and the people who work there, and the people who patronize your job, etc.). Being dissatisfied with your job is a personal problem. Your colleagues may not share your point of view whatsoever and you run the risk of insulting your coworkers.

You may feel like you “just need to vent,” but that venting is inappropriate at work and can cause way more problems than it solves.

For example: You just had an epiphany that you are dissatisfied at work because your job no longer intellectually fulfills you. Your realization is based on the fact that the day-to-day tasks that you perform at work are menial. You decide that a four-year-old could do your position just fine. DO NOT share this newfound “wisdom” with your coworkers. Why? Because they may love their job and you basically just insinuated that the only reason they could feel fulfilled at work is because they are about as intelligent as a four-year-old. Do you see where I am going with this?

My point is, your feelings are YOUR feelings- not everyone around you feels the way that you do. Do not taint a work environment with your “venting” because chances are that you will get over it. And when you do, people are going to remember the negative things that you said.

Remember: Misery may love company, but companies do not love miserable employees.

by Kristen Keyes

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