It happens all too often: You’ve hit a point in your career where you feel like you’re stagnating, the outlook for promotion looks grim, you’re generally unmotivated to complete your daily tasks, and don’t take on any new projects with any great enthusiasm. A recent report reveals almost half of Americans (47.7%!) are unhappy at work, so you are not alone in your job-induced misery.
In simple terms, you hate your job. And guess what? Chances are your boss knows you do. Here are some of the ways you are unintentionally, and possibly subconsciously, telling your boss how much you hate work.
You’re Using Phrases Like “That’s Not My Job”
There are always times in the workplace when you are asked to go above and beyond the role you were hired to do. And often, you feel as though you are carrying an unfair share of the workload compared to your coworkers, or picking up tasks that more naturally align with their job function. When voicing these issues to your boss, you can come off as a non-team player, and as someone who is uncooperative. If you were happy in your job, you wouldn’t mind picking up the slack when it’s needed, as far as management thinking goes. If you feel you’re taking on too much, are overworked or overstressed, try to reshape your thinking and rephrase the way you communicate your frustration to your boss. Ask for more time to complete your projects, or ask for help when you need it. That way, you are effectively talking through important issues without demonstrating the disdain you may be feeling towards your job.
You Are Critical Of People And Processes
You are blaming others for projects not reaching completion or you are blaming the tools you use to get things done. This comes across to your boss as complaining about a problem without offering a solution. Take the initiative to figure out what’s not working and do some research into how to improve that function of your job. It’s much better to communicate to your boss that you have identified aspects of your job tasks which are proving to be unsuccessful and offer alternative ways to approach these tasks moving forward. It demonstrates that you have an interest in problem solving and doing your job better.
You Are Occupying Your Time With Busy Tasks
While you may think it makes you look efficient spending your time tweaking spreadsheets, it’s also clear to your boss that you aren’t dealing with bigger projects you have been tasked to do. By spending your work day trying to get away with doing as little work as possible so you’re not on the radar for underperforming, you are expressing to your boss that you’re not following through with the more daunting larger assignments. Don’t put off what you should be working on; show your boss that you are making progress. Schedule meetings and give regular updates on the tasks which may not be fun for you to undertake but are important for them to see are underway.
You Clock Out On The Dot
If you can afford to leave at 5pm on the money every day, you are doing so. This tells your boss you are going through the motions and putting in what’s ‘required’ rather than what may be ‘expected’ in terms of hours and output. It makes you look like a clock watcher who is biding their time until they are free to leave and forget about work for the rest of the day. To overcome this, save the tasks you enjoy doing until the end of the day once in a while so that you’re more inclined to get into a productive frame of mind and stay a little later. Also, the later it gets, the quieter the workplace gets allowing you some time to focus on the urgent or more difficult projects. This shows your boss you are willing to be flexible with your time and work extra if needs be to get your work done.
You Aren’t Communicating With Your Team
You are canceling phone meetings and avoiding eye contact at the office. We all have days when we want to shut out the world, whether it’s to get work done, or to avoid getting work done. Do this frequently enough, and your boss will know it’s the latter. Make an effort to strike up conversations with your coworkers, ask them what projects they are working on, offer ideas and offer your expertise – this lets everyone know you’re a team player, and could give you some great new tasks to sink your teeth into. Keep your meeting appointments, and try to contribute to the discussions to show your boss you’re actively engaged. Always throw out an idea, even if you may not think it’s feasible – it’s important to show your boss and colleagues that you have put thought into the meeting before you showed up.
Try these approaches and if you’re still unhappy, it may be time to reassess your current job. Decide whether it’s beneficial for you to consider other options or career paths. Read on for more on the tell tale signs you’re in the wrong job.