Why do people stay in dead end jobs?

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Philippines
July 28, 2010 10:31pm CST
I have a friend who is complaining that after 8 years in his working place his salary has just been raised 3 times. But his position level is going down instead of going up. He once told me that he has been on the way for pormotion and undergoes a training period. By the end of his training period he was transferred to another department. The worst is his salary did not increase and has been questioned. I ask him why he's not going to look for another maybe there are other opportunities waiting for him. The only reason i get is that "If i resigned my boss wouldbe happy. It's just he wins this challenge.." :(
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@JOIEMARVIC (2342)
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
It's his decision. Human being react to different situations differently. If I was in his position, I would not even stayed for a year in that kind of job. But since he's cool with being treated that way and compensated that much in a job where he hates his boss, it is his choice, meaning, he can live with it. Life is a matter of choices and decisions.
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
Hi joie, what would you choose if you are in his place? Would you rather left and look for another? Or would you rather stay and endure whatever you feel inside everytime you see you boss? I dont know how he really feels. It's just like he takes it as a challenge. I dont even know what he is trying to prove.
• United States
29 Jul 10
Some areas of the country the jobs just are not there. My husband put in 80 applications in a month and only two places called him. Could be that your friend feels that he is stuck in that job because of the lack of jobs in the area. I worked part time for nine years at the same job with only two raises because there simply are not many jobs in this area. Plenty minimum wage jobs for kids just out of school but nothing for someone older.
@rjkmrr (172)
• India
29 Jul 10
Whatever the work, majority is looking for the payment. If their pay is very less they don't work, they don't dedicate to the work. The feel hope lose to work. So salary become the main role in the working place whether to pay attention or not. If the payment is high workers tend to work with full dedication and hard work, and they don't bother to working environment also.
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
Agree! It is the payment that would make us do our best but often we are not happy with our work but we do it because for money and that will make us burned out.. :D As to his case it is not the money his salary hasnt been raised, yes a higher with the position he is holding now in another department but it would be inappropriate if it will be lowered since it is not his choice to be transferred.
@true66 (81)
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
That' so sad. Maybe its just that your friend is not that good... That's is why it's hard for him to leave that job. Try to find him/her a job thats better for him.
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
Hi true, Is not good in a sense that? Maybe he is but maybe he's not. We cant say he is not good it's because one thing does not work out well with him. There might be some reasons behind. He might have some working attitude problem but i dont think being not a good person will make you stay for almost 8 long years in one company. You might have been fired or terminated the moment they found out you are not worth keeping. Cheers true
@jasmeena (850)
• Indonesia
1 Aug 10
Oh that`s too bad!!why does he keep staying??
• United States
30 Jul 10
He probably loves his job or he needs to hang on with it because of the economy. That job is all he knows to, and I know he can't find a job instantly. Once this economy wakes up, he will go for a better job because he needs to support himself and others better. This is just my view and I hope I gave you some sense of relief or knowledge.
@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
29 Jul 10
Maybe because in this bad economy it would be hard to go and find another job it's better just to stick with a job where you know what to do. Like me right now I can not find a job at all and I really need to for collge and I always think of the future that's why it's good to stay with a job. Your friend is lucky that he has a job what I wouldn't give for a job right now I'm tired of applying and not being able to find a job and then I go to the store that I applied at and I see new faces older faces I'm starting to think that all the jobs go the older people and not the young people.
• India
29 Jul 10
Actually I don't think this is the real reason,he has developed a comfort zone around him and he doesn't want to get out of this cacoon.
@Lotswits (176)
• Hong Kong
29 Jul 10
He is not sensible. That's why he doesn't quit. If I were your friend, I'll see that is not a challenge between two unhappy man. I'll see that as a lesson from which I am going to learn something that'll help me develop another career. It's no use and no hope to win a quarrel with your boss. I just hope your friend will change his mind.
29 Jul 10
its the recession and fewer jobs being available well if u leave your job there is a window of misfortune that you could end up with no job.... However, you can still apply elsewhere whilst workign at your old joba and people who dont apply for a better jobs are just lazy and shouldnt complain :)
@rejin_rob (395)
• India
29 Jul 10
If you only do what you already know how to do, your world would get pretty stale. Growth is an essential part of life. There comes a time to move on. You can feel when change is due. When that time comes the universe makes it easy for you. The money for graduate school appears, child-care arrangements work out, an article about a new company catches your eye. Pay attention to the signals. Then trust your judgment. If something tells you this new opportunity is right, it probably is.
@calai618 (1781)
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
It's sad to hear such stories. i think most people just wants to have a secured job. looking for another job would be a bigger challenge and it would mean starting over again for some. so i guess most people just stay with what's available despite little conflicts.
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
29 Jul 10
He should be looking for another job while working there. It is a slow job market but if you have patience eventually you will find another.
@vikkitita (195)
• Philippines
29 Jul 10
Money might no longer be the strong motivation why your friend chose to stay with where he is right now. He wants to prove something to himself and most particularly to his boss, that he is worth promoting for... that his boss made a big mistake of transferring him to a new department instead of promoting him. He sees this situation as a challenge to him. He wanted to prove his boss wrong. If he leaves, then it is just tantamount to proving his boss right. Then his boss wins... he loses. If a person don't get promoted, it doesn't automatically mean that they're not qualified for promotion. Many good people don't get promoted due to the subjectivity of some superiors' decision. Your friend might be a victim of that. And in fact I admire your friend for hanging in there despite of that. He has already been with the company for 8 long years. He has already mastered his craft, learned his skills and established strong bonds of friendship with his co-workers. It's also difficult to leave just like that, where you have to start all over again in a new company... and where you have to learn new skills and establish new friends. Just let him be. Respect his decision. Just let him keep up his good works. In time, he'll get vindicated.