8 Ways to Deal With a Job You Don’t Like

Sooner or later, it’s something we all face: a job we just can’t stand. It might be the job itself, the corporate environment, or the boss. There’s just something that rubs you the wrong way.

Avoid the temptation to just quit. The situation might be salvageable. Even if you do need to leave, it’s best to do so intelligently.

Make smart decisions when faced with a job you hate!

Consider these ideas:

  1. Understand why you don’t like it. If you understand the nature of the challenge with your job, you might be able to fix it. At the very least, you can ensure the next job you take doesn’t have the same issues. What don’t you like?
    • Boss?
    • Hours?
    • Work environment?
    • Pay?
    • Co-workers?
    • The work itself?
  1. Change what you can. It’s possible that the things you don’t like about your job can be changed. You might be able to alter your schedule or move to a different project. Perhaps there are other positions within the company that would make you happier. Avoid being a victim and advocate for yourself. Change what you can.
  2. Develop your skills. The job might stink, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to be gained from it. You might be able to build some valuable skills or get the necessary experience to move to the next level.
  1. What are the benefits of your current position? Do what you can to maximize them.
  2. Hire a career coach.  Get outside advice from experts. 
  3. How can you maker your boss’ life easier? Do what you can to bring value to your supervisor.
  1. Be grateful. List all the benefits of having your job. There are good things about your job, even if getting paid from your job allows you to enjoy hobbies and activities outside of work.
  2. Focus on relaxing at work. Some people are pretty good at getting themselves worked up. If you’re one of those people, relax. Just do your work and keep your thoughts under control. Your self-talk is the cause of much of the drama in your life.
  3. Make the most of your downtime. Your job might be more tolerable if you made the most of your leisure time. Avoid just going home after work and eating dinner in front of the TV. Find a few hobbies or spend time with friends. Find something that you like to do and do it.
  4. It might be a great time to start an online business or write a book. Who knows, you might generate enough income to leave your job.
  5. Plan your exit strategy. What are your options? What is the best choice you can make for your long-term future?
  1. List the criteria of your ideal job, boss, and co-workers.
  2. Keep in mind what you don’t like about your current position.
  3. What companies or industries interest you?
  4. Whom can you reach out to for advice or job leads?
  5. Be patient. A lack of patience can be a dangerous thing when you’re unhappy. You’re likely to favor any move that relieves your current discomfort, even if it severely limits your future.
  6. Exercise caution and examine all of your options. Some short-term pain might be part of making the smartest career decision.

Everyone eventually has to deal with a job they don’t like. Make the best of it and do what you can to better the situation.

Learn all you can while you’re there and figure out why you don’t like it. Find the best solution and be patient. Avoid quitting your current job until you have another one lined up. Do these things, and you’ll transition to a workday that’s more in line with your desires.