Does work suck right now? Does every painstaking moment make you feel like your head is about to explode? If this sounds familiar, read on...
Job hating is a serious pandemic, but apart from quitting, and deciding to do what you love, if you hate your job, what can you do when you have nowhere to go?
Firstly how your job turns out has a lot to do with your outlook, so that would be a good place to start.
1. Have a good attitude
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
- Winston Churchill
It is amazing how attitude can change our lives. Our attitude is our view of the world, so if you think your job is horrible, it is. It becomes a self fulfilling prophecy, and one you will continually live if this thought process continues.
Your job can be has joyous and fun as you want it to be, unfortunately most do not hold this view so therefore their job is miserable. Make it less so by being more of your personable social butterfly self, talk to customers and coworkers in a positive way, and see the funny side of things in your day-to-day workings.
Starting out in retail, I was always afraid to be funny and personable with customers, afraid I might say something foolish and upset them, or they just wouldn't be interested in talking much to a seemingly underachieving lowlife employee. But this is for most people not the case, most people are just plain bored and talking to an upbeat funny character might be just what they need. If you can pull off being funny at work, customers will want to come back to you and coworkers will enjoy working with you, which leads to my next point.
2. Know your coworkers
It can be hard to feel welcomed at work especially to new employees if you don't know any of your coworkers. Change that and when you can just get to know them, where they came from and where they want to go, it helps to have a sympathetic ear to work problems when it isn't going well, who the knows the job and knows what they all go through. Make friends with them, at the worst it makes the downtime more interesting and when you go into work it won't feel so foreign.
3. Make it a game by keeping score
Find whatever you can at your job and try to have more fun at work by making a game of it, how quickly can I clean the lobby this time or how many sales can I make today? Keeping score it a good way to both entertain you and challenge your because you play to win, right?
As a cashier at a grocery store, all the cashiers for a few weeks were required to ask customers for donations to a certain charity as they were checking out. A great chance to keep score, I kept track everyday of how much I was earning, and competing with others to see who could raise the most by the end. I challenged myself and actually became a better salesman as a result, try this one and you'll improve greatly at your job and learning new skills, while enjoying it too.
Learning how to not hate your job is possible. By changing your attitude, knowing your coworkers and keeping score, not only will you become a better employee, you will be able to enjoy what you do more.