Why your job isn't as bad as you think it is

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016 by Jobbuh

If you love your job, you're in the minority. A recent Gallup poll revealed that 71% of American workers hate their jobs. That's almost three quarters of the American workforce having extreme dissatisfaction with their jobs, enough for them to be actively disengaged in their work. No wonder it's so hard to get good service these days or impossible to deal with the people you work with. People simply don't care. Free coffee and the occasional lunch delivered to the office isn't enough for people to want to work hard and do a good job. With a number that high it's amazing that most people show up to work. Next time you're in a meeting look around the room. If there are ten people there it's a good bet that 7 of them would rather be anywhere else.

It's understandable why most people don't like their job. Americans work substantially more hours than other countries, most European countries actually mandate employees take six weeks of vacation a year and encourage them to travel whereas most American companies give an average of two weeks. Increasingly long commute times make the day seem even longer. Companies have poor communication and not clear paths for career advancement. You spend a lot more time at work than you do with your family so it's a shame that most people hate it that much and are simply working so that they can live.

So let's take a step back. Yes, most jobs are not easy and not fun and can definitely create extra stress that spills over into your personal life. But the grass is not always greener. If you work a typical office job in a business setting, consider the following next time you want to run out of the building screaming. Do you get to sit at a desk all day? Just think about someone who works retail and is expected to be on their feet eight hours a day or more, with usually about a half hour break for lunch. They'd kill to be able to sit at a desk and lean back and spend an hour out to lunch or have that much time in their day to run errands. Next bathroom break? Think about someone working construction that has to use a portable toilet. I've always wondered when passing highway workers what they do, sometimes I don't even see a port a potty on the side of the road. Excited to go home at the end of the day? If you're a police officer or firefighter, you leave for work every day knowing that your life is on the line and there is a very real chance you may not ever come home. 

Looking forward to some time off during the holidays and spending it with your family? If you're a military service member, which we consider the hardest job out there next to police officer, firefighter, or teacher, more than likely you aren't going to be home. There is a chance they may never come home. So as bad as your job may be, remember that at the end of the day you get to go home to the people you love while our soldiers defending our freedom aren't able to do that. Nurses, doctors, people that work in hospitals to provide care if you burn your hand while cooking Christmas dinner are probably having to work on holidays while you enjoy it with your friends and family. They'd probably trade what they do for your lousy office job in a heartbeat just to have the chance to see their kids open presents. And consider what labor is like in some other countries. People work in dark factories for long hours for minimal pay, work in fields harvesting crops while being attacked by insects carrying viruses, working on small fishing boats that could capsize anytime. In parts of China, parents leave their children for years to work in factories just to be able to send small amounts of money home so that their children can eat. 

We're not saying you can't hate your job. As the numbers show it is perfectly normal to do so. But at the end of the day it could be a lot worse. If you're able to provide for your family, go home to them at the end of the day, spend holiday time with them, save for retirement, and enjoy a vacation or two every year, you're in excellent shape. Suddenly things don't seem that bad, do they?


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