When someone says: ''I don't like my job'' , it's quite a serious statement. If it's us who believes it or someone who works for us, something should be done immediately. With this phrase we generally take two drastic paths: either we settle with what we're doing, or we reluctantly give up and look for another one.
Since both extremes are complicated, we have a third option. Change the reality inside the job so that we can begin to like what we do.
To begin to change, we first must decide which of the following options is what is affecting us.
Option 1: What we do at work is frustrating.
See if one of the points below is failing and provoking frustration.
Objectives: We should be clear that what we are supposed to be doing at work, is where we want to be going.
Resources: We have to know if we can count on all of the tools that we need to be able to achieve the required objective.
Progress: Do we see advancement in what we do? Or do we feel stuck?
Skills: Do we know what we really need? Or are we lacking certain skills to be consistent with our work.
Any failure with one of the above points can make us feel disappointed with our work. But, it is solvable if we can locate it.
Option 2: We aren't adapted to the work we are doing.
Ok, so were not adapting well...but what does that mean specifically?
The people we work with: If we believe that we are not getting along with our co-workers or our bosses, it can be trouble for social interaction. These difficulties are related to the type of personality that each worker has: Introverts and extroverts, fast and slow paced. If we are introverted and work at a slow pace, and work with people who are extroverted and work more quickly, there will probably be conflict in our work. But we know that with adequate treatment, the problem can be solved. Problems with personality clashes should be resolved with care. Remember that work isn't the only place where human relationships can come into conflict. So, running from problems is never a good idea, you can always find a solution.
The type of work I do: If we aren't comfortable with what we're doing everyday, let's first see what type of tasks shape our work:
- Routine tasks, what we must do everyday.
- Resolving problems that unexpectedly arise or
- Long term tasks that should be performed for the company.