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I Hate My Job
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I Hate My Job

If you're the one saying this, you don't have to! Many people feel as if they are stuck at a job they dislike. Maybe it's your boss, maybe it's your co-workers, or maybe it's the customers that you have to deal with day in and day out. If you've caught yourself saying "I hate my job" lately, you can turn that negative energy around and find yourself changing your attitude.

If you hate your job because of your boss, that is a tough situation that millions of us have been in. A lot of people have to deal with a boss who bullies them, constantly yells, and is never satisfied with your work. What I have learned from working with a few horrible bosses in my lifetime is that your boss's reasoning for being so grouchy has nothing to do with you (in most cases)! Remember that most of the time, your boss has his or her own boss that they are also trying to please. Maybe they just dropped a huge project on them or moved a deadline up. Maybe your boss is having problems at home with his or her significant other.

My point is that when people act nasty, it is their own problem and not yours. Don't react in your own negative way or you will just make the situation worse. I know it is downright impossible sometimes, but try to be sympathetic. Above all, remember that their attitude problem is not because of you. Some people have to learn how to be good leaders and communicate well.

Do you hate your job because of some co-workers that are downright atrocious? It's hard when a workplace becomes a popularity contest and gossip zone. Your best bet when you are having a problem with a co-worker is to address them directly. Talk to them one on one and figure out what it is that's causing the friction between the two of you. Offer to take them out to lunch! By being the bigger person, you can diffuse a situation and make your workplace a better environment. Of course, if a co-worker is displaying any kind of threatening or harassing behavior, skip that step altogether and get help immediately!

Customers can make your job a difficult place, there is no doubt. I have found in my experience that being thankful for the good customers you have will help you deal with the stress from the bad ones. Next time a problem customer walks through your door, use the old adage "kill 'em with kindness." Flash him or her a smile and work with that customer like you are just meeting them for the first time. He or she may be so pleased with your positive demeanor that they may feel inspired to change theirs as well!

If you hate your job, the best thing you can do is to maintain a positive attitude. Remember, your job does not make you who you are! Try to keep your positive attitude afloat no matter what happens in your workplace. Unless you are lucky enough to be able to work from home, you will have to deal with bosses, co-workers and customers for a very long time. Do something nice for your office- bring in coffee or donuts for everyone as a surprise, or leave a nice thank-you note for someone who's helped you recently with a project. Positive attitudes are contagious! With a little work, you can turn your job into something you love rather than hate.


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