Ask Vicki: Why do so many people hate their jobs?
In this answer on Quora, Monster Career Expert Vicki Salemi breaks down what causes people to turn on their jobs.
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Q: Why do so many people hate their jobs?
A. A few thoughts come to mind. First, people may hate their jobs because they have unrealistic expectations – it will not be rainbows and unicorns every moment of every single day.
Another could be the job interview process itself. If people don’t leverage interviews as an opportunity to truly learn about an employer, test drive the commute, learn about the role and responsibilities, and ascertain rapport between your potential boss and colleagues. They may accept the offer without recognizing certain things are red flags. As a result, they may accept the offer without seeing the signs, which may have indicated they would potentially loathe their job in the long run.
Lastly, fear may be holding people back from finding a better job – one that brings more happiness, more satisfaction, more money – whatever the case, people may be miserable in their current jobs but don’t realize a job search and exploration process will help set them free on a path to hopefully find a job that makes them happier.
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