How To Flourish In, And Enjoy A Job You Hate

I continually run into people that hate their job. They hate Mondays. They hate their co-workers. They hate their boss. And on and on.

They do not (or did not) intend to be there as long as they have, but they just feel stuck and unmotivated to do something about it. They just keep grinding away, week after week.

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An ethical matter?

According to a 2014 study, 68% of U.S. employees are reported to be not engaged in their jobs. Of these 68 percent, 18% were found to be actively non-engaged.

Now of course there is much to be said about why this is and what the proposed solutions may be, but I want to suggest that in part, the problem is more ethical than situational. For some people, any responsible job will leave them unhappy. And for others, until they are in the “job of their dreams” they will purposefully perform sub par. This job dissatisfaction can just be an excuse, a crippling excuse, that will ultimately keep them from a better or more desired job. 

In addition, while these people are perpetually grumbling about their jobs, other people are taking notice. Those taking notice (often management) will see no future benefit in their service. 

But what if these same people focused on changing the (unchallenged) outlook they have about their present job. Instead of complaining and neglecting your duties, wishing another opportunity would effortlessly present itself, why not aim to be faithful and diligent in the very situation you are in.

Instead of despising your job, why not look for an opportunity to flourish and enjoy it, and let that move you forward to your desired goal. 

Six suggestions and goals

Here are six suggestions that may help you better appreciate and flourish in that job you “hate.”

1. Consider why are you there?

A large percentage of people will answer this by saying they are there to earn a living. Fair enough. If this is you, then you have identified your main objective; to make money. Now consider your alternative: Not having a job and thus, no money.

So given your main objective, how do you meet this goal of making money? By being a diligent worker. “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich (Proverbs 10:4)” 

Goal 1: Be a hard worker.

2. Advance by refreshing others

Is it your position in the job that you hate? Is your desire to advance up to a higher position? Well, it is a fact that people take notice of those who are quick to go out of their way to help and instruct others, and are competent in their duties. “A generous person will be enriched, and the one who provides water for others will himself be satisfied” (Proverbs 11:25).

This is an excellent opportunity to stand out among your co-workers. Show your knowledge, ability, and be quick to help and encourage others (including those in other departments). This will put you in a place of consideration when a higher position opens up in your department or in another department. Combine this with being a diligent worker, and you will succeed.

Goal 2: Make it a habit to refresh and serve others

3. Check your mouth

Do you greet or answer people at work with, “Ugh, it’s Monday again,” or “I’m still trying to wake up.” This is simply small talk and frankly, just depressing. It will discourage you and others around you. Don’t be one of these people. This will ensure your hatred for your job (and probably yourself).

In addition, are you criticizing people at work? Are you joining in on gossip? Are you falling behind in your tasks because of it? This all leads to poverty.

“In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23).

Be that positive person who refuses to say these depressing things. When people say them, challenge it. Be an example. It goes a long way in the eyes of those around you. In addition, it will create in you a better outlook, overall. 

Goal 3: Let your talk be positive

4. Faithfulness

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Luke 16:10).

There are no mistakes with God. He has given you this job, at this particular time, within your particular circumstances. If you are purposefully underachieving or grumbling about your present situation (which he has put you in), how can you be prepared for any greater opportunity? What happens when things go sour at a job you do like?

Be faithful and honest your responsibilities, towards your boss, your co-workers, etc. and you will be equipped and able for the next place he puts you.

Goal 4: Be faithful in carrying out the present duties God has given you in order to prepare for the greater.

5. Network!

At no point do you have to be complacent or satisfied where you are. Being faithful and diligent in your job does not mean that you have to be satisfied. There should always be a desire to advance or better your current situation. You must periodically and regularly take time to evaluate this.

One excellent method of landing another position or job is networking. In this time, more than ever, it is truly about who you know. Make it a habit to meet new people on the job, in other departments, in the hallway. Strike up conversations. Help those out in areas you have become proficient at. Demonstrate your gifts when the opportunity arises.

Goal 5: Network and get to know other people in your business. Make yourself, and your abilities, known.

6. Master then Master…

Aim to become highly proficient in the tasks you are given. Then start to go beyond those tasks. This is often how workers are promoted. Management sees you excelling at your work and when a position opens they think of you as filling that slot.

Once in that position, repeat! The doors will continue to open. If there are no doors there, you will have a better skill-set as well as the personal references and recommendations to add to your resume to submit to another company.

“Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men” (Proverbs 22:29)

Goal 6: Master your current responsibilities, then move beyond that.

Conclusion

You see, your hatred towards your job could be the very thing holding you back. The effects of this hatred (lethargy, negativity, etc) are the things that actually keep you from advancing. Instead, look to be diligent and faithful in your current situation. Make it a daily aim to be positive and intentionally make yourself valuable to others. Most importantly, see your present circumstance as an opportunity to be faithful in the little that God has given you, so that you are able to handle the increase when it comes.