ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- If Sunday night feels like a death sentence and Monday morning feels like the flu has hit you, but nothing is really wrong with you physically, are you simply dreading going to your job?
Physical symptoms can often manifest in people who are in a job that they absolutely detest. Feelings of nausea, headaches, and insomnia are commonly experienced when you would rather get a root canal than go to work. But, is it you or is it the job? Are you just negative by nature or are the people you work with simply idiots that you must tolerate instead of collaborate with?
So much thought can go into determining the real cause of you hating your job but ultimately, even with knowledge in hand, it won't likely change your mind or feelings about your current station in life. Action, on the other hand, is a more viable solution.
What do you do about it then? Instead of continuing to come up with reasons for going to the dentist, the doctor, or the vet just to avoid going to work, come up with solutions on how to improve your situation. You must either improve the situation long enough to find other employment or permanently so that you don't have to find other employment.
Analyze the situation and see where the problem lies. Is it your schedule? Is it your colleagues? Do you find yourself without challenging work or lofty goals? Basically, once you diagnose the real problem you can determine a fitting solution. The catch is this: the solution needs to be mutually beneficial.
For example, if you approach your boss with this great idea of telecommuting to assist with your crazy schedule but you can't substantiate the benefit for company, you probably won't get his approval. If you aren't challenged in your role, do some research and then make a proposal. Do you simply have too much work for one person to do? Find out how to get some volunteer or low-cost interns from local high schools, colleges, or workforce programs. Have some solid facts behind your intentions or it might come off as desperate, silly, or downright laughable. Again, let me stress the importance of showing the benefit to the company.
Most managers appreciate an employee who can think outside of the box and as the proverbial saying goes, "be a part of the solution, not the problem." Just be sure you are ready to back up your claim with results. Once you prove that your plan was a good one and that it has increased productivity, sales, etc., then you will be taken seriously the next time you approach your boss with another brilliant idea.
But what if there is no solution to how badly you hate this job? The short and not-so-sweet answer is that you must look for a new one. Just don't cut your nose off to spite your face before leaving the current job. Take a deep breath, stay as positive as possible, and continue working until you find another job. Unemployment doesn't help anyone.
Tell me what you think: Do you love or hate your current job?