If you hate your job, why not just quit?
Maybe you’re thinking that quitting your job would be the most effective way to overcome your job burnout
Maybe you’re thinking it’s the only way out.
Well often times quitting your job just isn’t an option because you’ve got kids in school, a retirement to think about, and a sassy car with massive monthly payment.
Besides, you just can’t afford to miss out on the all the benefits of having a job like:
- Comfort – You’ve got a steady paycheck that shows up in your bank account every month without fail.
- Accountability – You’ve got people depending on you for health insurance, braces, and school bills.
- Routine – You’ve been doing your wake up routine for as long as you can remember. It’s nice each morning to do something you know and you’re comfortable with.
- Peace of Mind – You’re not guessing what you’ll be doing on Monday – Friday and that gives you some peace of mind.
- Confidence – You’ve got the confidence of a corporate identity.
With all of these in mind, it starts to make quitting your job look like a bad idea.
Quitting Your Job Is Not the Only Way Out
But what about pursuing your dream, living to your full potential, and making a difference in the world?
How can you know it’s worth even taking the risk or making the jump to get out there?
Before you get swept up in making the leap to another gig or even starting your own, consider how you can make it better where you are…after all someone has got to stay, right?
Why not consider staying, but in a different way than it looks for you today?
Hating Your Job Is Not about the Job
Hating your job says more about you than the job itself.
I suspect that last statement is going to be highly unpopular, but I find it to be true for even myself.
I was dissatisfied and hated my job for years but never admitted it was really all me.
Once you realize that hating your job is really more about you versus the job itself, you are suddenly in control.
The walls around the mental cubicle holding you in start to crumble and you get an entirely different view of the horizon (and it can start to look pretty good).
It can be the most logical way out of terrible job.
If you’re still thinking about quitting soon even after you read this then consider the distinction between running away versus running to.
Wouldn’t it be great to be running to the next great opportunity versus running away from something you hate?
Why not make your current job better, get clear on what you love, then plan your quitting as a way to move towards that opportunity.
7 Ways to Deal with Burnout when Quitting Isn’t an Option
When quitting your job, just isn’t an option or not one you want to immediately explore, try these tips to improve your work situation:
- Get “Active” on the Problem – The key here is to get active on hating your job. This shifts you out of the happy hour complainer and gears your mindset towards addressing problems. You’ll start taking a proactive approach (rather than a passive one) to issues in the office. You’ll feel less helpless if you assert yourself. Not having authority in Corp isn’t an excuse any more to making a difference.
- Laundry List your Job Description – It’s often surprising how job descriptions don’t reflect the work you’re actually doing. Much less, are they ever updated when your responsibilities change. Get a copy of job description and start creating a secondary one that reflects what you’re actually doing. Then compare the two and share it with your boss. Ask them to update the description of your job duties and responsibilities. Point out things you’re expected to do that are not part of your job description and gain a little leverage by showing that you’ve been putting in work over and above the parameters of your job.
- Dream – If I asked why you’re burned out or hate your job, I bet you’d give me several reasons why. It’s interesting though when you ask people what they’d like to be doing they often can’t tell you. Try dreaming a bit about what kind of job you’d actually enjoy. What work hours, activities, and relationships would actually be part of your day? Only you can answer that. If you don’t take the time to define it yourself, you’ll be living someone else’s dream, not your own.
- Make an Offer – Don’t “ask” to do something new, make a proposal. If you’re burned out and hate your job then propose something new. It could be a different department entirely, a new territory, or something as simple as a tweak of your current role.
- Make an Offer with an Edge – This is same as making an offer but in this scenario you actually prove it out first without asking permission. Schedule some of your own personal time to work a project that you’re passionate about and get results. Then when you make the offer it’s more refined and you’ve got solid evidence to back you.
- Take time off. If burnout seems inevitable, take a complete break from work. Leave your laptop and blackberry at the office. Go on vacation, use up your sick days, ask for a temporary leave-of-absence; anything to remove yourself from the situation. Use the time away to recharge your batteries and get a new perspective.
- Get a Coach – Often time a confidential, unbiased 3rd party perspective with your 100% best interest in mind is just what you need to get into a more helpful mindset and generate a new path forward that works for you. Want to learn more, then click here to get a 30-minute call with me to explain.
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- The Burnout Manifesto (Seven Ways to Reignite your Career from Burnout) (benfanning.com)
- Passion versus Paycheck (Video Interview) (benfanning.com)