Unhappy at Work: What Should You Do?

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What do you do when you feel overworked, overwhelmed and underpaid? Look for a new job? Talk to your boss? Or settle for resentment and bitterness?

 

Well, the latter shouldn’t even be a choice. Settling in your unhappiness will only make matters worse and will most likely effect your performance as well as your colleagues’ performances. And most likely, you don’t have the intention to damage the organization’s performance or colleagues’ performances—unless, of course, you have reached the bottom of the bitterness barrel and there is nothing else to do but bring the others down to your level.

 

So in order to make a change, you should either look for work elsewhere or try to have a conversation with your boss. Although taking the plunge into the unemployment waters is scary and difficult, you need to think about your situation, happiness and future. It may be helpful to sit down with a close friend or family member, discuss the problems and figure out what you should do.

 

But before jumping ship, you should probably sit down with your boss as well. Yes, this can be just as unsettling as exploring the unemployment waters, but it just may be worth it. Be sure not to have a crucial conversation on a whim: You should schedule a time to speak with him or her, and write out the points and questions you want to discuss and ask during the meeting. On the meeting day, you also should dress appropriately. Speaking with you boss about salary, your future, workload, etc. just may be the deciding factor of whether or not you should take the leap to the next job stone.

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