Lately, it seems as though every time I have a conversation with someone, they are complaining about how miserable they are in their job. Whether it's how much they work, how much they dislike the job itself or how much they dislike the company they work for, a lot of people I know don't seem to be happy with their work situation.
We all have bad days. There are days you fly out of the office, and there are days you crawl out. It's important to try and not do either, but to maintain a balance when it comes to the highs and lows of your job.
And I'm sure there are very legitimate complaints people have about their work situation. We've all heard horror stories of challenging work environments, and for those who deal with constant adversity in the workplace, it's unfortunate.
It's also true that when people are in the same role for an extended period of time, they tend to fall into a routine. Instead of the passion they felt when they started the job and had a new challenge, they move to a routine of just going through the motions.
This is normal, but it's also something you can change. But is your job really that bad?
It's easy to look around and focus on the things you dislike about your job. Regardless of where you work, there are always people who are annoying, processes that are broken and a long list of things that can be frustrating. It's easy to pick those things out, and it's very easy to get into a routine where you are obsessively focused on them.
Instead of focusing on all of the things you dislike, how about looking for the positives. Whatever happened to appreciating certain aspects of your job? Whatever happened to being thankful to work for your company and have the opportunity to make a positive impact to the organization? It seems like a dose of reality could be helpful for some people to recognize the positives and make the most out of the opportunity they have.
If you're feeling negative about your job, or at a point where you are constantly complaining about how miserable you are, here are a few things to consider that may help you appreciate what you have.
What if you got fired?
Imagine that your negative attitude and constant complaining were deemed to be a cancer within your organization, and they terminated your employment. What additional problems would that cause? What if you had a hard time finding a new job? Did you ever consider the thousands of other people who aren't working and would do anything to have your job? There are likely plenty of well-qualified people who could take over your job quickly. Be careful what you wish for.
Think big picture
One thing people often overlook is the impact they make to their company and its customers. We get so consumed with our day-to-day job that we fail to recognize how our work affects others.
For example, if you're in sales, what you sell has some benefit to people and organizations and helps them in some way. If you're a manager, the success of your team depends on you.
You have a major impact in the lives of others. Put best, you are often the topic of discussion at the dinner table of your employees. Think about the impact your work has on others and take the time to reflect on that. It's something we don't do enough.
Look for the good
What about all of the good things that are associated with your job? How about your compensation? What about the benefits your job provides to you and your family? How about the work environment? What about your manager? While not all of these things may be desirable for you, there are always positive aspects of every company and every work environment.
Instead of complaining about what's bad and being miserable, appreciate what is good.
And lastly, if you're truly not happy with your job or your company, do yourself and the company a favor and do something about it.
It drives me crazy when miserable people complain constantly about how bad they have it, but they refuse to take any action and continue to live a miserable existence.
Life is too short. Do something about it and stop whining.
Christopher Thompson (email@example.com) writes Closing the Deal weekly for the Sunday News.