How to Deal With A Job You Hate


Here’s How To Cope With That Job You Hate

Most of us have been there. The dreaded job that we absolutely hate and can’t believe how we got into that position. So what do you do? Your mind goes around in circles.

You may be thinking, is this what I was made to do? You may be feeling you are wasting your life, and have feelings of overwhelm because you think there’s no way out and you’re stuck forever!

Well, there’s hope. Believe it or not, you can improve your situation. This post contains tips, ideas, and a valuable collection of resources provided by various authors to get you through it.

Let’s approach this in three parts.

Part One: Defining your ideal job.

Part Two: Analyzing and understanding why you hate your job.

Part Three: Doing things to improve your situation.

Part One: Defining Your Ideal Job

Figure Out What You Want

Sometimes you hate your job and think there is something better, but what is better? It would help if you defined what you want. When you know what you want, it’s easier to get it, as opposed to knowing you want something better, but you don’t know what that is.

Let’s answer a few questions to help you determine the look and feel of your ideal job.

1. If you were debt-free and had fifty thousand dollars in your bank account, what type of job would you want?

2. Do you prefer to work in an office setting, work outside, in a warehouse, traveling, driving, work from home, etc?

3. Would you prefer to work with a team or by yourself?

4. Do you want a salary position in management where you manage a team? Or do you want to work your eight hours and go home with no worries related to work?

After answering the above questions, you’ll have a better idea of the type of job you want. Let’s move on to the next step.

Part Two: Analyzing and Understanding Why You Hate Your Job

Is It Just This Job You Hate, or Have There Been Others?

You want to identify if it’s all jobs you hate or just this one. If there have been many other jobs, you need to consider that maybe you don’t like working for someone. You might be better off being self-employed.

If you are self-employed, you still have a boss, which would-be clients and customers. Instead of trying to impress your boss, you have to impress your customers. The one benefit of being self-employed is you can refuse to work with a problem client.

Why Do You Hate Your Job?

It’s easy to say I hate my job but have you analyzed why you hate it?
Take a few minutes to make a list of all the things you hate about your job and the reason.


  • I hate my boss – Because he is rude
  • I hate going in at 6 am – Because I’m always exhausted, and I can’t stay up late
  • I hate my coworkers – Because they always pass on their work to me
  • I hate the environment – Because I have to wear a hairnet and smock and it’s hot
  • I hate the Job – Because it’s difficult
  • I hate the commute I have to make every day – It takes me two hours a day commuting.
  • There is no room for a promotion

Part Three: Doing Things to Improve Your Situation

List Everything You Like About Your Job

Yes, there are things you must like about your job; it can’t be 100% bad.

Here are some examples to get you started:

  • My job allows me to support myself and my family
  • I have two good friends at work
  • I work with computers
  • I am at a high level in my department
  • I like going to lunch with coworkers
  • I like my boss

Now you know what you like about your job. If you create an extensive list, your focus may have shifted from a job you hate to, maybe it’s not so bad.

Let’s keep moving forward:

Solutions To Job Dissatisfaction

In this section, I’ll share some tips that offer solutions related to job dissatisfaction. Each resolution is not the only solution. But it’s something you can take into consideration.

The Job Is Hard

Many jobs are challenging, physically demanding, and frankly not worth the pay.

I have had two of them, and the following is what I experienced.

Job One:
I was working for a customs broker, and I would release shipments crossing the border. Each load had an invoice. Each invoice contains one or multiple items. Each item has a government-issued classification. To release the shipment, you had to find each item’s classification by looking it up in a large book.

This job was tedious and error-prone. When I first started, I couldn’t believe people would do this job for the amount of pay.

I was struggling to find the right classification, and It was taking forever. If I had another job lined up, I would have quit. Here is what happened.

After a couple of weeks, I started to get comfortable with the process. I got rid of the Large book and found a PDF that was now searchable and made the process easier.

Next, after a month, I was catching errors made by the person that trained me.
The moral of the story, especially with new jobs, you need time to adapt. Trying to learn it all at once will put a lot of stress and pressure on you.

Job Two:
After a few years, I had another job that was related to manufacturing. I was ready to pull my hair out when I started this job. It was so unorganized and chaotic. My boss saw a lot of potential in me from the first week I started. But for me, the chaos was too much. After two months, I told my boss, “I’m done; I can’t do it; I can’t handle the chaos.” He told me to hang on a couple more weeks, and I’ll find you something else. I thought, Thank God, finally a way to a better job.

The job I received was being in charge of the whole department. So instead of getting away from the dreaded position. I was in charge of six people for the same chaotic job I was trying to avoid. It worked out well in the end, and I eliminated a lot of the chaotic routines. The moral of this story is that you may be trying to get away from your current job and land, one that is worse.

Under Paid

Many of us feel underpaid. At times, I think I am doing so much for this company; I deserve an increase in pay. One time I was frustrated and thought, why not see what job opportunities are out there? So I did a quick online search for my current position.

Guess what I found? My pay was $5,000 – $10,000, more than similar jobs in the industry. So before you declare you’re underpaid, verify it first.

From a financial perspective, large companies that have shareholders are more attractive when their labor costs are low. Therefore it’s not uncommon for large profitable companies to pay their employees close to minimum wage.

Tips if you are underpaid:

  • You can ask for a raise. Before you do, you need to offer evidence that your performance merits an increase.
  • If the option is available, You can take on more responsibility for an increase in pay.
  • You can keep an eye out for opportunities to get promoted. To set yourself up for a promotion, you have to get the attention of your manager and do work that puts you in a position for a promotion. In other words, it’s better to prove yourself before you apply.

With no opportunities available in the foreseeable future, you can look for another job. With the experience you have from this job, you could look for a similar role offering the pay you’re expecting.

I Hate Commuting

If you hate your commute, here are a few things you can do. I used to have a courier service, and I would drive for over eight hours a day. During that time, I would listen to audiobooks. Over the years, I have learned a lot of things. If you have an hour commute every day, you can use that time to improve your knowledge in any area you want by listening to audiobooks during your commute.

Another point to consider is, if it’s the traffic that bothers you, try to leave a bit earlier or later to avoid the traffic jams. You could also check to see if you could change your hours.

Promotions And Expectations

Many people are waiting for that promotion and tend to forget their job duties. Here’s the problem from a manager’s point of view. I have had great employees showing potential and were deserving of a promotion. Sometimes, there isn’t a position available to promote my star employee. So even though I wanted to promote them, the position didn’t exist.

If you’re waiting for a promotion, are you sure there is a job waiting for you? When you’re focused on getting promoted, you lose focus on what you’re currently doing.

You may lose your drive and start to fall back in your performance. You would be better off performing at a high level. When you are good at what you do and know every aspect of your job, you become the expert, and you can do your job with your eyes closed. So if there’s nothing to get promoted to, enjoy the success you have. Otherwise, you may need to transfer to another department or find a job at a different company.


If your coworkers are a problem, there are a few things you can do.
The first thing I would do is identify if they are the real problem. Could it be something you’re doing that upsets your coworker? Take some time to think back at the last time they upset you. What were the circumstances? What role did you play?

You could take the extra step to be kind to your coworker. Go the extra mile for a couple of weeks and be kind and helpful. See if that improves the situation.

Another step you can take is to speak to your coworker and tell them how you feel and what’s bothering you. It could be they aren’t even aware of the situation. The best time to bring it up would be when your coworker does something that bothers you.

If all else fails, try to avoid the person altogether. You may need to discuss this with your manager.

You’ll find more tips like those above in the resources below. It’s time to wrap this section up.

Make a Decision

Now you have an idea of why you hate your job, what you like about your job and what kind of job you want. You also have information to deal with the widespread issues people have when they hate their job. Now it’s time to consider your options.

  • You can quit your job and look for another
  • You can search for opportunities in another department or another post in your department.
  • You can deal with the issues you’re having.

If you plan on quitting, don’t be hasty to leave, because you would be better off having a new job lined up, so you’re not unemployed. You can work on the improvements mentioned above and plan for a change. Use them to practice, because these are skills you can use in any work environment.

Resource Collection

Have a look at the unique collection of resources brought to you by various authors to help you deal with a job you hate. There are a lot of articles to go through. You may want to bookmark this post so you can return anytime to access the information.


Reasons People Hate Their Job

In this section, you’ll find the most popular reasons why people hate their job. I’m sure when you go over the issues, there will be a lot of them you can relate to your current situation.

Have a look to gain some tips and insights that can help.

Why 85% of People Hate their Jobs | Staff Squared

Millennial therapist: Why young people hate their jobs so much

Top Reasons People Hate Their Jobs and How You Can Love Yours – Home Franchise Concepts

How To Stay Positive

It’s tough staying positive when you’re in a job you hate. I mean, how can you be positive when you dread every day you go to work. It seems far-fetched. But trust me, there are steps you can take to improve your situation.

Whether you stay at your job or find a new one, why not look at the ways you can see the good in your current position? Have a look at the collection of articles I have selected to improve your feelings towards your job.

How to Stay Positive When You Hate Your Job

How To Stay Positive At Work When You Hate Your Job

How To Stay Positive When You Hate Your Job – The Blissful Mind

Dealing With A Boss You Hate

In this section, you’ll find out how you can improve your relationship with your boss.

It’s challenging working with a boss when you don’t get along. Many people quit their job to get away from their boss.

Take some time to review the information below and try a few of the techniques to make your work relationship tolerable.

What to Do When You Hate Your Boss

How to Play Nicely With a Boss You Hate – The Muse

How to Cope if You Hate Your Boss

Dealing With Coworkers you Hate

Dealing with coworkers, you can’t get along with is a problem, primarily if you work closely with these people. Many of the issues are due to a misunderstanding. For the most part, your coworker may not even be aware of the problems. See the articles below for insight and ways you can deal with coworkers you don’t like.

6 Tips for Working With Coworkers You Don’t Like

How to Work with Someone You Hate

How to Get Along with a Coworker You Hate |

How To Deal With Employees You Hate

This section is for managers that have employees reporting to them. If you have had any management experience, the following will be familiar. When you lead a team, you have your best-performing employees and those that are the problem employees, which can make your job as a manager difficult. It’s those problem employees that can make you question your role as a manager.

Look at the articles below that can help you deal with those employees and improve your skills as a manager.

How to Manage Someone You Don’t Like – The Muse

How to Work With People You Don’t Like and Become a Better Manager

How to manage the employee you hate | Practice Management


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