The Pet Peeves That Drive You to Hate Your Job

“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar”.
–Drew Carey

It’s sad but true. Most of us hate our jobs. But why? Besides the obvious reason that you have to wake up early and actually go exert some effort in what you do, what is so horrific about working? Why are we all slaves to our career? Let’s explore some of the reasons why people hate their jobs.

1. You have idiot managers. You know you can do their job better than them and it drives you nuts!

2. Office politics. Whispering, backstabbing, gossiping, and a slew of other remarks that make you want to pull out your hair.

3. Long commutes. As if the work day wasn’t long enough you have to add an hour or two roundtrip drive on top of that.

4. No pat on the back for a job well done. You work your butt off and you never hear praise for it. It probably makes you cry a little on the inside that you are under appreciated, but your boss could care less that you pulled an all-nighter for that amazing work.

5. You have meetings in your off-hours. Why the heck was the meeting scheduled at 6 pm when you are getting ready to leave? And don’t even get me started on meetings that are held on the weekends!

6. The job you applied for has a different meaning then what you thought you would be doing. Half the time we commit to a job with a great title and minimum explanations on what the job has in store. Then we actually realize our job encompasses a whole lot more that we hadn’t bargained for.

So don’t get depressed about these things. The point of bringing these reasons to your attention is to refute the statement that we all hate our jobs. After all, hate is such a strong word. The only reason we hate these things is because we think we can’t change them. But all employees can turn hate into love with a little coaching. Stay tuned and learn how to stop groaning when that alarm clock goes off in the morning.

The Key to Success in the Workplace

Passion. If passion doesn’t drive you then I don’t know what will. It makes work seem like fun, your hours spent actually seem to matter and you know that you are helping an industry that you have such a love for. My teachers always told me that if you can turn your passion into your job then you are the luckiest person in the world. If you have a love for what you do every day then your work will be top notch and not only you but the company will radiate from your performance.

Everyone knows what passion is. I don’t need to describe how to attain that glowing emotional feeling when you are overly enthusiastic for something. However, I can tell you why it is so important to exude passion in the workplace. First of all, passion intensifies your focus. If you love what you are working on then you will put all your energy, love and focus into the project. And focus is huge for the outcome of a company. Additionally, people with passion raise the standards of performance in the workplace. If everyone is motivated and excited about their work then the people who aren’t passionate will stick out like a sore thumb. This will let the company weed out the people who don’t care about their work and keep the standards of the company high. Lastly, people with passion create an electric and stimulating work environment that energizes other people. Instead of snoozing off on the job, people are active and everyone is feeding off everyone else’s energy.

Passion is the key to success in the workplace no matter where you work or how tedious your job is. If you love doing your job then it never feels like you are working a day in your life. Keep the passion alive in your work and you will outshine the people who are restlessly counting down the minutes to 5 pm.