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Don't Like Your Job? Find the Opportunity



Our world is becoming increasingly personalized every day, with more and more things tailored to our specific needs, wants or tastes. This customization often goes on without your consent or knowledge, such as every time you log onto a web browser.

Google’s search results will not only use the objective information needed to answer your query, but will also adapt it according to your past behaviors based on cookies in your browser. This happens even if you are not logged in, unless you turn off your search history personalization.

For simple things like search results, this customization may not be such a bad thing. But when we begin to expect that all results will be tailored to our wants and needs, there can be some unpleasant results.

When it comes to the working world, this can be particularly hazardous.

It’s Called Work for a Reason

Regardless of your role, when working for a company you should be suitably compensated for your role in their success. Businesses must make decisions about compensation and service to their clients while protecting the bottom line. The correct decisions will ensure a strong future for the business and allow employees to continue drawing a paycheck.

The needs of the employee (you) versus the needs of the organization (where you work) is a natural conflict. If you as the employee become disengaged from work, the conflict can become exacerbated. This increase in conflict will harm the company but can also be damaging to you by resulting in distraction, reduced effort, poor performance, and bad reviews. In the end, it could damage your career.

Address Your Concerns

An employee having problems with a work situation should address their concerns with a manager. While most issues can be remedied, there are times when a problem can’t be fixed. If you find yourself in this situation, it may be time to move on. No job is perfect but continuing to work in a bad environment will hurt you in the long run.

As an option, consider the opportunities you'll have in the future based on how you performed in these less than ideal circumstances. By working through difficult situations, you’ve attained skills and knowledge that will serve you well in future work environments

Your Job Is Your Choice

Keep in mind that, to a degree, your job is your choice. While quitting a job is not recommended without having another one lined up or a substantial cash reserve (or both), it is an option. A recent poll poll found that 35 percent of workers would leave their current job for another if it paid more, while 16 percent would head elsewhere for better benefits.

A Change in Outlook

If you're unhappy in your job situation, here are some things to ponder that could turn things around for the better:

  • What attracted you to the job in the first place? How you approach a job is entirely up to you. Try to find new and better ways to perform the parts of job that you enjoy most.
  • Most managers realize the importance of employee feedback and will welcome ideas about how they might be able to improve the process.
  • In his book, Linchpin, Seth Godin points out that the days of the "factory worker" have come to an end, which means employers need workers who are fully engaged. Approaching your work in a way that makes it more enjoyable will allow you a new and better outlook on your job.