"Unhappy" At Work - Or Does Your Job Actually Suck?

When entering a new year it is not uncommon for people to start looking for new jobs, and for many, it’s because they are unhappy. With the amount of time spent at the office, the last thing you want is to be unhappy there, because without a doubt that will trickle down to other parts of your life.

So, how can you tell if you’re truly unhappy? Well, according to Fortune 500 there are three signs that may indicate you are not happy.

They include: 

  • Physically – Certain habit changes could indicate you’re unhappy at your gig, like not sleeping enough, giving up exercise, eating too much or too little, or not stopping after one glass of wine after a day at work. These are all clues that something’s wrong, and while it may not be work burnout, it could be.
  • Emotionally – Have you suddenly become the pessimist in your group? Or do you feel down a lot, or get angry or frustrated quickly? These are all emotional cues that may indicate you’re not happy with your job. 
  • Relationally – If you’re unhappy at work, there’s a good chance you may bring your bad feelings home with you, which could affect your personal relationships. If you see your behavior changing at home towards your loved ones, it could be that you’re acting out because of your unhappiness at work. 

The article went on to say that if you are experiencing some of these signs that you might want to find another job.  I am of the belief, that in this job market if you do not have offers from new companies coming in regularly that you might want to take a different approach before putting yourself at financial risk.

Instead of job hoping to solve your happiness issues, turn the tables on the argument. Try working to fix the physical, emotional and relational issues you are seeing in your life and see if that does not improve your mood at work. The grass is not always greener on the other side on the street,  and I have yet to see a company where everyone gets along.  If you are getting more sleep, drinking less, and getting along with people outside of the office and you are still unhappy, THEN it might be a great time to move on.