Many people are unhappy with their jobs, but in today’s rough economy now is not the time to be unemployed and looking for a new career. While most have opted to grin and bear it, their may be a few simple steps you can take to help you find happiness in your current position.

The old saying misery loves company rings true. If you feel as if you’re being overworked, or that the workplace environment is becoming more and more toxic, chances are you are not alone. Talk to your co-workers or others in similar positions and you may find solace in knowing that others feel the same way as you. It is of psychological benefit to have somebody who can relate to your problems and it is crucial that you have allies who can help you to try and change your working conditions. It also possible that you will find that your expectations are a bit unreasonable and you will then be further encouraged to find the positives in your current position.

It is important that you recognize that you are most likely your own toughest critic. If you begin to take note of what is most upsetting you at work you may find that it is your inability to reach your own goals. If upon doing a little self-analysis you find this to be the case, you may want to split up your goals into smaller more attainable sub-goals. In doing so you may find a bit more satisfaction in your work. You may also find yourself to be more organized and focused throughout the day which can insure your success.

Alternatively, if you discover that it is your manager who is issuing too many expectations, you may want to set up a meeting with them. Most people find themselves achieving more career success if they are given a bit of freedom in which they can utilize their creativity as opposed to being micromanaged. In exchange for this freedom you may have to offer improved results, so only meet with your boss if you think you can deliver otherwise you may be putting your job in jeopardy and may only find less happiness.

If you are finding that with the downturn of the economy you are being asked to do more and more, you may need to develop a few coping mechanisms. If you are a manager suddenly faced with an increasing number of tasks you may want to sharpen your delegations skills. Delegating to competent employees can help spread the workload and gives your employees an opportunity to shine. You may also need to make more of an effort to reduce stress in your life. Whether you relieve stress by meditating, exercising or meeting up with friends you may need to up the ante if your work begins to demand too much of you. Ultimately however you need to know when you’ve been given too much. It is important that you cap your hours, ideally keeping them in the single digits, and that you let your boss know if you’re drowning in work.

For some unfortunately these tips may not be enough to ward off unhappiness within their careers. If faced with that situation and little other alternatives, people may want to consider if they can turn one of their hobbies into a career. Obviously self-employment is a risky endeavour so you may want to start it as a side-project. While this may cause you to have less downtime, ideally you’ll enjoy the work necessary for pursuing a hobby as a career pleasurable. Eventually you will hopefully find that you’re able to leave the job you are currently so unhappy with and solely pursue this new business.

In summary, if you are unhappy with your current job don’t just settle. You should identify what is causing your negative feelings and ask yourself if there is anything you can do to try and change it. Often you’ll find that the answer is yes.

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Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International
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