How to Stay Motivated When You Hate Your Job? Tip 3

In times of economic downturn people are less likely to move jobs and the market becomes stagnant. This can cause motivation issues even if you love your job (no progression etc), but if you really can’t stand your job…it’s hell! There are a lot of people staying in jobs they’d rather leave. So how can you keep yourself motivated?

In tips one and two we looked at managing feelings, and doing some groundwork on CVs. In tip three I am suggesting that you take some time out to really understand what it is about your current role that you don’t like.


Ask yourself the following questions and answer as honestly as you can:

  • Is it the attitude of other workers?
  • Is it too undemanding of you?
  • Is it too much of a stretch for you at the moment?
  • Do the value of the organisation jar with your own value system?
  • Is it the management style?
  • Is it lack of prospects?
  • Is it poor pay?
  • Is it the office environment?
  • Is it the geographical location?

It’s important to understand why this job doesn’t do it for you, so you can be more specific about what you actually do want!

There are more exercises like this in ‘When Work Isn’t Working’., a workbook to help you find your perfect job!


Posted on October 23rd, 2010 by

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