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15 Tips on How to Survive Working a Job You Hate

Updated on August 11, 2017
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David has over 10 years supervisory experience and has extensive knowledge in how to handle personnel issues across many areas.

Hating Your Job

Nothing is worse than working a job that you hate.
Nothing is worse than working a job that you hate. | Source

How to Survive a Job You Hate

It's not uncommon to find yourself in a job you are not thrilled working in. In fact, it wouldn't be a surprise if you hated that job and it made your life miserable.

But like most people, you have to have that job in order to survive. Fortunately they are things you can do to endure your job until you can find yourself in a better situation.

This article will cover various tips I have discovered to help me endure a job I did not like, as well as some of my experiences and how I handled them.

Do You Hate Your Job?

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Complaining About Your Job

Complaining about how much you hate your job while at your job isn't a good way of handling it.
Complaining about how much you hate your job while at your job isn't a good way of handling it. | Source

Negative Effects Working a Job You Hate

 
 
Stress
Medical Issues
Family Problems
Possible Termination
Sleepless Nights
Overall Unhappiness
Disciplinary Actions
Possible Demotion
Cost Yourself a Promotion
Depression
These are just some of the negative effects that could happen when you work in a job you hate and do nothing about it.

Feeling Trapped in a Job you Hate

When you are in a job that you don't like, you sometimes feel trapped by it.
When you are in a job that you don't like, you sometimes feel trapped by it. | Source

Have You Ever Hated a Job?

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Tips for Surviving in a Job You Hate

Below are some tips I can offer in how to survive working in a job you do not like. Some may apply to your job, some may not. Each situation is unique.

  1. Find out what the problem is with your job, and fix it. Most people hate their job because they don't like how things are done. Instead of complaining about it and making yourself miserable, find solutions to the problem. If you are able to help fix issues in the office, you will find your job more enjoyable. If people find they hate their job, it's usually because of something directly in the office.
  2. Interact with your co-workers more. As the old adage says, you spend more time with your co-workers than your family. If you want to learn to enjoy your job, then get along and try to develop a positive rapport with those you work with. If you can have a good time while working with others, then it'll make the day go by faster and make the job a lot more bearable.
  3. Act positive in the workplace. Have a smile on your face, say good morning, etc. Just as a negative attitude is infectious, a positive attitude can be just as infectious. If your co-workers, supervisors, and customers see you happy, they in turn will act happy.
  4. Take full advantage of your breaks. When you go on your break, walk away from your office as much as you can. This will give you a chance to take a breather. Go out to lunch, take a walk, or read a book. This will allow you to relax at certain points throughout the day.
  5. Talk to your boss. If you have a sympathetic supervisor, then go to them and tell them how you feel. Don't just blurt out that you hate the job that you are in. Just state you are unsatisfied with your current assignment and want to see how you can improve it.
  6. Challenge yourself. If you see a project come up that will take a lot of time and effort, then volunteer for it. The extra challenge might help you grow as an employee and help you enjoy your job more if you are doing something critical for the office.
  7. Personalize the workplace. If you have an office or cubical, then personalize it. Put plants on your desk, pictures, items from your home, etc. all around. Even if you are at work, you will feel comforted that your work area is personalized just for you.
  8. Realize that others may have it worse off than you. More than likely there are worse jobs out there than your own. So you may have it lucky compared to others. Or, there could be those out there that can't even find a job. In that case, you should be thankful you have a job, even if it's one you hate.
  9. Enjoy your off time. If you have a rough job and hate going into the office each day, then make the most of your time off. Go out with friends, see family, take vacations. Giving yourself a reward of personal enjoyment can push you through the worst of times at your job.
  10. Go back to school. If you don't want to work at a job you don't like forever, then go back to school to learn something else. A change in career, while drastic, can be a positive step in the right direction to find yourself a new job.
  11. Realize there is a reason why you need the job. If you have a family at home to support, as well as bills, etc. then you need that job to survive. That thought alone should push you through the day
  12. Analyze what else could be bothering you. What if you are having problems at home? What if you are having money problems? That is sure to carry over to your job. You may not hate your job at all, but other factors are causing you to feel like you hate your job. You may be even placing the blame on it.
  13. Just walk away. If something is done in the office that is making you upset, then just walk away and cool off. While being upset about something is acceptable, you don't want to make it worse by venting about it openly. So take a short walk to cool off and compose yourself.
  14. Work towards a promotion. You may find that you hate your job because you are bored. If you aren't challenged, you will find yourself bored with the tedium. If you work hard for a promotion with more challenges, you may start to enjoy your job again.
  15. Look for another job. A job search may be in order if you are unhappy in your current job. You should be discreet about it, as not to make waves in your current job and make thing worse. But it could be time for you to move on to a job that would be more to your liking.

How to Survive a Job you Hate

It can be hard to keep in how much you hate your job.
It can be hard to keep in how much you hate your job. | Source

My Experiences On Surviving Jobs I Hated

I have held a couple jobs I have hated. One so much so that it made me sick on an almost daily basis. Below are a few of my experiences.

  • I was working at a call center, and the job made me physically ill on a daily basis. Customers would call in with issues about their service, needed to transfer their service, and so on. Our job was to help them, but primarily, it was to sell them products. The customers hated this, and it made me sick to my stomach when I had to do it. So how did I solve this issue? I got fired. My work performance deteriorated so much that it caused my termination.
  • I promoted, but my promotion lead to me getting placed on the graveyard shift. I didn't handle the graveyard shift very well. I didn't sleep enough and all of my energy went to work and nothing else. I tried to survive, but simply couldn't. So I transferred to another office that had different work hours for me. It greatly improved the situation for me.
  • My boss made a decision I didn't agree with. With the decision that was made, it was going to make work a lot harder in the office. I wasn't happy at all, in fact, I hated my job a lot and it was showing. I was scheduled to take a few days off the following week, but I decided to take the entire week off. This gave me more time to calm down from the situation, and go back to work feeling good.
  • My boss hated her job, so it affected me. My boss walked into the office in a very bad mood because she was unhappy at work. This instantly rubbed off on me and I fell into a bad mood. If your boss hates their job, then that may rub off on you as well.

Sometimes a job can make you so unhappy that you have to quit.  But it can be a hard choice to make.
Sometimes a job can make you so unhappy that you have to quit. But it can be a hard choice to make. | Source

Hate Your Job? Then Quit!

If you find you hate your job so much that the above tips won't work, then just quit your job. It may seem drastic, but there are many things you can do once you quit your job. You can be a stay at home parent, become self employed, hunt for a new job, or even write a book! Only you can figure out when enough is enough.

If you survived a job you didn't like and have any tips regarding that, please leave them in the comments below.

© 2013 David Livermore

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    • Jeff Poirrier profile image

      Jeff Poirrier 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Nice article. It might be worth mentioning that it is difficult to obtain unemployment if you quit your job, unless you can prove that you quit for moral reasons or to prevent abuse, etc.,

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      Jessica Marello 

      5 years ago from United States

      I love the advice you give here, as well as the video you included. Voted up and useful.

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      Kristen Mazzola 

      5 years ago from South Florida

      Great advice! I really needed to read this hub! Thanks for sharing it...Voted up!

    • davidlivermore profile imageAUTHOR

      David Livermore 

      5 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      That call center was the worst job I have ever had. Horrible experience. But I learned a lot from it too. Thanks, and I hope these tips help you in the future.

    • Jenna Estefan profile image

      Jenna Estefan 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Wow, I really like that you shared your personal experiences. I could not work in a call center! I worked in a couple of different jobs with the same position, just in different companies. One job I really loved and the other I could not stand. I quickly learned that the people you work for (and with) can have a huge impact on how much you like, or dislike, your job. Thanks for all the great tips!

    • davidlivermore profile imageAUTHOR

      David Livermore 

      5 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Agreed! And I hope some of these tips help you out, and hope you find something better in the future.

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      lindacee 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I'm in a job right now that I'm not terribly fond of. It is a part-time, low pay job and I really have to force myself to put on a happy face. However, your advice about interacting with fellow employees is a good one. If you have good relations with the people you work with, it makes the time there more enjoyable. These are great tips for many of us out there in the workforce these days. Greatly appreciated! :)

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      Abhijeet Ganguly 

      5 years ago from Pune, India

      Nice article...really informative..

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