Not Happy at Your Job? Figure Out the Root Cause


Most people looking for a job, jump into any opportunity that comes their way. This later has the potential to make people miserable, as it might not be the right fit for them. While I understand that job hunt can be stressful, and you might want to get it over with as soon as you can, I also know how important it is to do your due diligence.

Researching about the company is important to know if what they believe in is what you want to work with, the work culture of the place, learning opportunities, career growth, flexibility, etc. are in par with your needs.

While many people think that they can?t afford to be picky, you might still want to double-check. Because once you get a job, you have to work there every day, so if you choose the wrong one, you still have to work there every day.

When something goes wrong or isn?t exactly going your way, the easiest thing to do is point a finger toward someone or something else. Blaming others is way easier than taking responsibility for something.

But, sometimes there are actually other things at play – it could be a toxic work culture, a bad boss, or an overall wrong fit. In cases that include these reasons, people get overwhelmed by emotions, feel helpless, and start getting stressed. These are all valid reactions to a negative environment, and you have to understand you?re responding a certain way to these triggers.

However, the realization is not where you should stop. Do not base your conclusions on feelings alone, involve thought and logic into what?s making you so upset about your work.?

Now is the time to probe deeper into what?s going on internally. Sit down with a pen and paper in a calm environment so that you can identify the issues that you are having. Understanding your issues is what we call being halfway there. Now, see if there?s a solution within reach. Most of the time, not everything is lost. You may find out that the situation isn?t as bad as you think.?

Then, after you are done with an internal search, look at the externalities to see if the root of the matter is outside of yourself.?

A 2017 CareerBuilder survey reported that 66% of workers realized that the job wasn?t right for them after they had accepted the job. Half (50%) of these employees quit within six months, while 37% stuck with the job.?

The main reasons that the workers gave for the job not working out for them were:

  • Toxic work culture (46%)
  • Boss’s management style (40%)
  • Job not matching the description in the job posting and interviews (37%)
  • Lack of clear expectations around the role (33%)

This could be the case with you. There is nothing wrong if this is the issue; not all is lost. You can work out if there is something you can do to improve your situation while in the job, or you can move on to the next opportunity.?

Final Thoughts

If you are not happy at your job, instead of accepting your fate and resigning to it, do something about it. Identifying the root cause is the first step. Unless you know what the problem is, it won?t be very easy to find the solution. So, take one step at a time and try to pinpoint the root cause for your unhappiness and dissatisfaction at the workplace.


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