Bad Reasons to Stick at a Job You Hate


Staying in a job that you hate isn’t good for your mental health. There are many different reasons as to why people stick with a job that they hate. Here are some of the most common reasons, and why you shouldn’t let them keep you there.

I know what I’m doing in my current job

Knowing a job inside-out can provide a certain sense of comfort.

However, this alone is not a reason to stay in a job. While getting a new job may involve learning new skills or practices, it could provide a more stimulating or a less stressful environment. Having to learn the ropes again can be daunting, but in the long run you could be more happy.

I have no time to look for another job

If you’re working all hours, you may find that you have little time to do job-hunting.

If this is the case, you need to make yourself this time. Giving up free time isn’t easy, but it need only be temporary until you find that next dream job.

Consider taking a week off solely to do some job-hunting. Alternatively, you could cut down to part-time hours so that you have time to look for another job (obviously don’t tell your employer why you’re doing it).  

I don’t know what else I want to do

It’s possible that you may have suffered through a series of unrewarding jobs and may be wondering if any job out there is right for you. While it may not feel like it, there is a job out there for you.

Hiring a career coach could help you to find your calling. You could also try finding your enneagram types – by identifying which of the 9 Enneagram types are you, you may be able to work out your ideal careers.

Also consider your hard skills and soft skills, as well as your personal passions – these could also help you find the right career.

I’m too old to get another job

Finding a new job when you’re older can be challenging.

There is a lot of age discrimination out there, but it’s possible to overcome this – many people over 50 are able to switch careers successfully with the right amount of determination. Unless you plan to retire in the next couple of years, don’t try to suffer through a job that you don’t enjoy.

The money is good

A good salary can sometimes be enough to make a bad job worthwhile.

However, it’s important to realise when that job is having more of a negative impact on your life than a positive one. If you’ve got a poor work-life balance, are continuously stressed and feel that relationships are suffering, it might be time to get another job.

Taking a pay cut in exchange for a lower-stress job could make you a lot happier, even if it means making certain sacrifices.  

I like my colleagues

It’s much easier to overlook the negative aspects of a job if you like the people you work with. However, these people shouldn’t hold you back. There’s nothing to stop you continuing your relationship as friends. You may even be able to convince them to leave their job if they also detest it. 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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