Updated: December 27, 2020
A few days ago, a friend posted this on Facebook: “Don’t quit your job just because you’re unhappy. Your bills don’t care if you’re happy or not.”
Almost immediately, people started to ‘Like’ the status update. And when I saw it, I couldn’t help but leave a comment.
I replied, “Create another income source or find a new job first before quitting, but you should quit as soon as possible if you’re unhappy.”
Truth be told, I’ve met a lot of people who are admittedly not happy at work. But because they’re too afraid to go broke and not be able to pay their bills, they just choose to stay miserable in their jobs.
Having cash flow is important, and it should be a priority. However, you also need to take care of your mental and emotional well-being, or else you’ll just drift through life unhappy and full of regrets.
Why Are You Unhappy at Work?
The first question that you need to ask yourself is why are you unhappy with your job. Knowing the deep-rooted reasons will definitely help you come up with better plans of action.
Because it’s boring
When you feel unmotivated at work, then it could be one of two things. First, you might be unappreciated by your boss and peers. Or second, your job is not challenging enough.
It will help if you can ask for feedback from your supervisor and colleagues regarding your work. Sometimes, hearing words of encouragement and appreciation is all you need to overcome that unhappiness in your job.
But if the reason why you’re bored at work is that your job has become routine, then it may be time for a change. You can request your boss to transfer you to another department, project, or account; or perhaps, it’s really time to look for a new job.
Because it’s too stressful
Experiencing stress at work is normal, and you need to learn how to manage it, or else it will slowly take its toll on your productivity and your health.
There are many ways to cope with stress, especially if it’s caused by having too much workload. Learn about proper time and energy management to lessen your stress and anxiety in the office.
If that doesn’t help, then maybe you really just have too much on your plate. Talk to your supervisor and request fewer responsibilities in the next few weeks to give yourself time to re-energize. And if nothing seems to be working, then it’s a good sign that you should start looking for a new job.
Because you hate your boss and/or co-workers
You spend most of your waking hours at work, so you must spend it with people that you get along with. You don’t have to be close friends with your colleagues, but at least you should enjoy working with them.
It pays to be honest about how you feel rather than breeding contempt on their actions and attitude. Most of the time, a sincere conversation is all it takes to make things right.
However, if your work environment, especially office politics, has become unmanageable and it’s starting to affect you negatively, then don’t wait too long to find that new job.
Because your salary is too small but you need the money
First of all, realize that most people think they’re underpaid at work, so take comfort that it’s a normal feeling. What’s more important is to analyze your finances to see if you’re not really earning enough.
Track your spending and budget your income accordingly. Get rid of unnecessary expenses if your cash flow can’t afford it. Afterward, look for additional sources of income to augment your earnings.
As I’ve said, cash flow is important and should be a priority, but never settle or stay too long in a job that doesn’t make you happy and fulfilled.
Be Mindful. Make Plans. Find Success.
There are a lot of reasons why you can become unhappy at work. Analyze the cause and be mindful of what you can do to change or improve the situation.
When you’ve done your best to amend things, and nothing seems to be working, then start making concrete plans on how you can quit your job.
Unfortunately, a lot of people escape reality instead, as a means to cope with their situation.
They immerse themselves in soap operas, crave self-validation in social media, recreate their ideal world in role-playing games, or find happiness in acquiring material stuff.
These are temporary solutions to a problem that will never go away unless you face it head-on. Run away from your reality long enough and you’ll become a person that you’ll hate years down the road.
Renowned author Maya Angelou once said, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
It’s time for you to find success under that definition.