Sitting on a bus or a commuter train, how often do you hear someone say, “Gosh I can’t wait to get to work today”? I bet the answer is close to none. Sadly, few people feel excited to go to work most of the time.
According to Gallup a whopping 70% of the American workforce is not engaged at work. Engaged employees are ‘involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work’. So why do so many people put up with chronic job dissatisfaction?
Resistant to change – Most of us resist change, preferring instead to stay right where we are… in our comfort zone. Besides changing jobs and or careers takes a lot of work. With the demands of family and bills to pay it’s a lot easier to stay right where we are and put up with a miserable work life. You need to ask yourself how long you put up with such an existence.
Better the devil you know… than the devil you don’t. Safer to deal with a bad but familiar situation than to risk dealing with one you don’t know. Leaving a safe, albeit miserable situation, requires risk taking for sure. Again you need to ask yourself how much you are willing to put up with in a job that drives you crazy. Left unchecked, these situations can lead to more serious problems including drug and alcohol abuse as well as health problems.
Slave to the almighty dollar. It is easy to become overly influenced by the trappings of the job, particularly money. We call this intrinsic motivation. If you have successfully climbed the corporate ladder with regular salary increases, chances you are you have become accustomed to a certain standard of living. Ask yourself what is most important to you…following the money or the passion?
Subscribe to Faulty Thinking Magazine – Have you been brainwashed into believing the myth that loving your job is not reality? Think again. We know for a fact that disengaged workers are far less productive and happy at work. Don’t lose site of what Maslow taught us.
A change of scene may be just what you need…
Unfortunately many people stay in jobs they hate. Sometimes change is forced upon us with a layoff. The silver lining in getting laid off is that it forces you to look in the mirror and determine your true calling. Layoffs can be a catalyst for career assessment and discovery. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.