Why Do People Hate Their Jobs?

October 2, 2013

Career Advice

Why do people hate their jobs?Gallop’s recent State of the American Workplace report found that only 30 percent of employees consider themselves “engaged” or “inspired” at work. And a lack of engagement can often mean a lack of happiness. That means 70 percent of Americans might hate their jobs.

One Forbes article suggests that those employees might be unhappy because they chose their career at age 22 — before they knew their passions, before they knew all of their job opportunities, and before they had the luxury of a savings. When you’re anxious to snag a paycheck and pay down your debts, taking the first job offer that’s on the table seems like a good idea.

Gallop found that workers in highly-educated fields tend to be happier with their careers because their job was completely in line with the passions and their interests. Think of all that schooling it takes to become a doctor — you better be positive about your career choice before you dedicate all of that time!

But what’s an unhappy worker to do? There are little ways you can make yourself happier at work each day. If you’re currently interviewing for a position, make sure the job has growth potential. Growth potential means happy employees. And if you can’t see a bright light at the end of the tunnel, maybe it’s time to quit your job and pursue your passions.

Image via Dennis Skley/Flickr


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