At first, it seemed like the perfect job. Great hours, good pay and reasonable rules. But then, you got a new manager who is a complete jerk, the other staff members became annoying or maybe customers you deal with are beyond disrespectful. You don’t know how or what made you end up there, but one thing is clear: You hate your job.
So now what?
The obvious thing to do would be to quit and find a new job, but, if for whatever reason, you don’t have that option, here are a few hacks to help you get through your next shift.
1.) Turn off your phone.
Most jobs won’t allow you to use your phone on the clock anyway. As long as your phone is on, you’re going to be tempted to keep checking the time (which is moving by incredibly slow) or browse social media sites that have no new updates because all of your friends are at work, too! Yeah, so just turn it off. Stop watching the clock, and it’ll be time for you to clock out before you know it.
2.) Make friends.
Get to know your co-workers. Chances are, they hate their job just as much as you hate yours, so you all can vent to one another. That relieves stress and tension, and at least you’ll find comfort in knowing that you’re not alone; your co-workers think that the manager is a D-bag, too.
3.) Cut off friends.
Okay, maybe you’ve already made friends with your co-workers and it proved to be a bad idea. Maybe being friends with them is what makes you hate your job. In that case, stop talking to them. Don’t go out to bars with them, keep them out of your personal business and stay out of theirs. If it doesn’t have to do with work, don’t involve yourself. Your co-workers may not like you after this, but oh well. That’s their beef, not yours.
4.) Take some time off.
Depending on how many sick or personal days you have saved up, take a weekend off and do things unrelated to your job. Maybe you just need some space to breathe for a minute. The alternative would be to decrease your hours or the amount of days you spend at your job, if you work part time. If you have a full-time job, with a salary, take a vacation.
5.) Change your mindset.
Instead of thinking about how much your job sucks, think about the good things that happen at work. Maybe there is that one loyal customer that comes in every now and then, and they always compliment you. Maybe the perks are good. Maybe the fact that you have a job with benefits will put a smile on your face. Just try and look for the positive stuff, and your mood toward your job will change.
Honestly, if none of these tactics work, just quit. There’s no sense in bringing negative energy into a place of business, and you don’t need to be around stuff that makes you unhappy. It’s either that, or your performance will start slacking and you’ll get fired. That’ll be the 6,024th reason why you hate your employer.