By Rich Figel
Sign #1: If you're reading this blog at work, perhaps you should check out the links at the end of this post pertaining to miserable jobs. I was reading comments on the U.S. News article, and someone asked how many people are truly happy to go to work each day. Many said they didn't like their current occupation, but felt they had no choice in this weak economy. Is that your situation?
Other signs not mentioned in the article would include physical symptoms -- trouble sleeping, upset stomach, headaches, muscle tension, etc. I think excessive drinking and overeating can often be related to an unsatisfying career or negativity in the workplace. But I also feel that any job worth doing is going to encumber challenges and stress at times, even if you love what you do for a living. In fact, facing deadlines and dealing with daily pressures can be a positive experience if it's framed the right way.
For instance, I'm reading a non-fiction book ("Page Fright" by Harry Bruce) which is about the habits of successful writers, going back to the days of quill pens and manual typewriters. What's interesting is how many famous scribes say they dreaded the blank page and had to force themselves to sit down and produce a certain amount of words per day. Personally, when I'm in the "flow" of a writing project, time flies by and I actually try to stop in the middle of a scene I'm excited about so that I can start the next day raring to go. (That's a screenwriting tip I picked up from somewhere, which is attributed to Norman Mailer in the 'Page Fright" book.)
But most jobs don't offer that kind of flexibility. Truthfully, I don't know which is worse -- hating your job, or merely tolerating it for the money. On the plus side, "hating" your company could be strong incentive to move on and find something that excites you. However, a tolerable situation might lull you into complacency... the I'll-start-looking-tomorrow syndrome, in which you dutifully show up, perform your tasks, then one day you realize you've been stuck in a rut for three or four years, maybe longer.
So I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. How many of you wake up, looking forward to work and why? Or do you dislike your job so much, you almost wish they would fire you?
Here's the link to the article, 10 Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job and the Amazon.com page for the book, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job. If you scroll down the Amazon page, there's an interview with the book author that's worth reading -- especially for managers and bosses. He offers clues on how to make work more rewarding and meaningful for their employees.
For positive, uplifting stories about people in Hawaii who are passionate about what they do, watch Career Changers TV on OC16! You can find daily viewing times on our website, and see video segments on the CCTV YouTube Channel as well. Our new April show will premier Thurs., April 7 at 8:30 PM.