How to deal with unhappiness at work

How to deal with unhappiness at work

No matter how much you love your job, it’s not likely that you’ll be filled with joy every single working day. Bad days happen to everyone. However, if you’ve been feeling unhappy at the office for a prolonged period of time, you should carefully consider doing something about it.

Work is a large part of our lives and we can’t afford to be miserable at the place where we spend most of our days. So, what do you do when you simply can’t smile between the hours of nine and five?

Figure out exactly what the issue is

You need to think about this carefully and pinpoint the cause of your unhappiness. Is it the work itself or is there a conflict with a colleague that’s upsetting you? Do you feel like you’ve been overlooked for a promotion too many times? There has to be a reason you’re feeling this way and if you want to fix your problem, you have to be aware of what it actually is.

Can you fix it yourself?

Can you fix the situation yourself? Is it your mindset that needs correcting or is external? Basically, is there anything you can do to change the situation yourself? You can fix certain problems on your own. You need to consider all the possible solutions and see whether it’s up to you or someone else to deal with the issue.

Speak to your superior

If the problem you’re facing is beyond your control, you should take it to your line manager or immediate superior. They don’t want you to leave the company, so give them the opportunity to correct the situation. You may find they’re a lot more willing to help than you initially thought. And, if they refuse to see things from your perspective, at least you know you tried. Be sure to make use of your employer’s formal grievance procedure before considering leaving your job.

Ask yourself whether it’s worth the fight

You need to honestly consider whether it’s time to leave your job. Whether it’s because you no longer enjoy the work itself or the environment feels hostile, there is a point of no return. Even if you used to love your job, you have to accept that there’s a chance you can’t go back to that. There’s nothing like a fresh start to make you feel like a whole new person. Sometimes the best option is just to walk away. But, if it’s a huge issue like sexual harassment, and your superior doesn’t help you, you should seek legal assistance before you leave your job.

Life’s too short to be miserable five days a week. So, find a way to deal with your unhappiness and make sure it goes away.

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Authored by: Pete Anderson

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