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Why it is OK to search for a new job

Updated on August 8, 2016

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do” - Steve Jobs

Unhappiness at work is a common problem for some of us. Some of us have felt unhappy at one point or another in our jobs. Unhappiness makes us less productive, less healthy, and miserable in general. And if so many people are unhappy at work, why aren't they doing anything about it?

One of the reasons can be that workers don't understand why they're unhappy - they can't pinpoint the reason or they think there's no way to get rid of those negative feelings. The other reason is that people don't know what to do, they know what's wrong, but don't think it can be changed or see no viable option to pursue.

Some of us are not satisfied with the payment. Maybe you feel like you're working harder than you're getting paid for. Either way, your job feels unreliable, and it causes excessive stress in your life. Because you notice behaviors, patterns, and decisions that lead you to believe your job is unstable.

Also maybe you're okay with your position today, but there isn't much room for advancement. Raise requests are almost always turned down, and there's no room for promotions. If you feel like you aren't growing it's natural to feel unhappy.

The social aspect of work makes a big impact. You don't like the people you work with, or you simply aren't working with enough people that you admire, get along with, or respect. Or maybe you simply don't like your industry.

As you see, there many reasons why we could feel unhappy and unsatisfied. Once you understand why you're unhappy, you can start taking meaningful action to improve your circumstances.

After all, work takes up a huge portion of your life; you can’t afford to spend that time feeling unexcited and unfulfilled. Now might be the time to quit, or even to change careers. Or maybe it is time to make positive changes.

We need to understand that every job is going to come with unhappy moments and unpleasant circumstances but the key is finding work rewarding enough to make up for it. It's always easier not to change and to carry on with the way things are.

Most employers will say; ‘’OMG, girl, stop complain about unhappy job. People live with it and it’s fine. Nobody cares’’. But the longer you choose to stay in a job you hate the more unhappy, bitter and resentful you become and the constant strain will impact all aspects of your life and job that you are doing.

For example, the dread of going to work every day is stressful and stress can seriously affect your health. Stress related illness like frequent headaches or infections, severe indigestion, insomnia or depression. Your reputation is your most valuable asset. If you are depressed or lost, or are in the process of losing, your boss and your colleagues can lose respect for you. Because they would consider you as a person who has no idea how to solve hard situations, it is always easy to judge. That unhappiness will flow into your professional and personal relationships. All this can damage your self-respect.

If you take no action, and where your job doesn’t miraculously improve, the loss of your health, self-respect, reputation and relationships will create a miserable downward spiral. The employment relationship may deteriorate to such a degree that the decision to leave will be made for you by your employer. It is always better to leave on your own terms.

Many people have been where you are now, and, if you talked to them, they would urge to not to stop. Be clear on what you want, believe in yourself and keep going. It is OK to find the better place to satisfy you. Just don’t give up. And I wish you all the best luck.

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