What would you do if you don't ike or love your job anymore?

Philippines
May 16, 2012 8:44am CST
I used to love my job. I was even exited to go to work before. I even almost got promoted. and then, suddenly... i feel like being dragged whenever i need to go to work. I am getting tired of what I do everyday. I don't wanna quit my job, not yet, but i sometimes feel like I'm not being productive anymore and I don't get the same happiness that I have when working, not like before. I don't know why and I keep on thinking what went wrong with my job and what's the reason of me getting cold about it. Do you think i need to quit my job and look for another one?
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19 responses
@jureathome (5363)
• Philippines
16 May 12
Hi aquinoma. Here's my two cents on your dilemma. Based on what you said, you used to love your job, but suddenly there's been a change of heart. I would advise that you try to really assess what the cause is why you're feeling this way about your job. Only then will you be able to make a sound decision whether or not you should leave. The common reasons why an employee would suddenly feel negative about work are management decisions, unlikely changes on employee benefits or the lack of, no opportunity of career advancement, or a petty interpersonal relationship issues. If you are rooting for a promotion, and feel that your current position is no longer challenging, try to get a one on one feedback session with your superior to find out what you need to achieve to be given a chance to step up the next rank. Find a way to get that feeling of excitement about your job. However, if you think you've done everything but you still feel the same way, and you're becoming a liability to the company -- might as well find other options outside.
• Philippines
16 May 12
And, also you have to consider the consequences when you decide to quit. Are you the breadwinner? If so, you'll have to really take a practical approach on this issue. There are a lot of people forced to keep their job because they need to make a living. They can't afford to lose what they already have. If you happen to be a lucky person who has parents to provide for your needs, then go find yourself the happiness you deserve.
• Philippines
17 May 12
That is what Im trying to do right now. and i don't have any plans of leaving so soon yet. I don't want to leave the company right away because of two things: 1st, I've worked with this company for years now. 2nd, i don't have any options yet and i know it's tough to look for a job right now. thanks for your advise.
@Madona1 (2097)
• Gibraltar
17 May 12
Job is a job, for making a living. Regardless I like or dislike, I will try my best to put up with it as I know at the end of the month I will get paid. Of course, there is a boundary towards this. As long as there is no strict policies (e.g. no more than 2 times break throughout the work; no chatting allowed; harsh punishment and so on), I am happy to do the same work everyday rather than seeking the more challenge work to make myself stressful. In the mean time, if I can get the reasonable good paid with work, I am happy and will stay my current job. Frankly, I will like to see the positive side of my work to make me appreciate what I have got.
• Philippines
17 May 12
that's how i work before... but it seems it changed.. I'm creating a list of what i like and don't like about my current job... i hope this will help me out.
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
17 May 12
I first started to work less and had an other job next to it. But two jobs and 60-80 hours work a week was way too much for me next to a big family. So in the end I left. It did cost me a great income but I found back a lot of rest/freedom and more time for my kids. To me it was worth it.. no job pays good enough to feel miserable every day and night.
• Philippines
17 May 12
Yup I agree.. i think i need to get a life outside work then..
@verolop29 (1096)
• United States
17 May 12
idk what to tell u about that. i think that happens to alot of ppl. i would say do what u like.because if u go thru the same routine and are not happy by being stressed then u should let it go and find something else to do that makes u happy. how long have u been working there?
• Philippines
17 May 12
3 years now... i think i got tired of being on the same routine everyday... what do you think?
• India
16 May 12
I will leave the job. I can't do that job which i didn't like. I think your body condition wont allow you to work so better quit your job and take rest.
• Philippines
16 May 12
that's what I'm actually thinking. but i can't quit yet... :(
@peavey (16640)
• United States
16 May 12
Sounds like you're just tired of your environment. If you can think of something to change (different hours, move your desk, etc) then ask your boss about doing it, that might help. If that won't work, you could look around at other jobs and opportunities while you're still working then if you find something, you can quit. Don't quit without having something to go to, though. Jobs are not all that easy to find right now.
• Philippines
16 May 12
I've already tried doing that. i even moved to another department. Maybe I'll just look for other ways of earning money. like putting up a business.. ut i need to research more about that.
@Onyxe121 (207)
• United States
16 May 12
If it were me I would spend soe time thinking about it. No one goes from really liking their job to so unenthusiastic for no reason. Try to remember why you joined the company in the first place and then list your top 5-10 reasons you used to like going to work. Maybe you used to like the environment but now it's changed. Maybe you liked what you actually did but for some reason your duties are different. They might have expanded in a direction you don't like or your duties have changed altogether. It could be a change in management. Spend a little time thinking about it before you go on a job hunt. A good management team wants happy employees and they may be willing to help revise or cut some of your duties to help you. Be willing to make some concessions of your own. Your priorities may be different now than when you started so take those into account also. Good Luck
• Philippines
16 May 12
some says I over worked sometimes and also got to the point that I spend too much time in the office and it drained my energy. haha! maybe I'm workaholic and that might be one of the reasons... thanks!
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
16 May 12
I can say that, if you are not happy with your job anymore and you have another option, or another work is surely waiting for you, then go ahead. But, if after leaving your present job, you're still not sure if you can find another good job- please refrain from doing so. It's not easy to look and find a new job. Maybe you just need some space, how about a vacation.
• Philippines
16 May 12
I have already taken my vacation and I think it got worst than before. It's like i don't wanna go back to my job anymore. haha! but yes, it's right not to quit yet cause i don't have any options yet as of the moment.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
16 May 12
aquinoma: getting a job is difficult nowadays. at the same time if you have financial support for six months and other members in ur family also are willing to lend direct/indirect support to you one can resign the job, try for new one or start a business.
• Philippines
16 May 12
I'm actually thinking about starting a business, but i still need to research more about that. I know it's hard to look for another job and that is why I'm not resigning yet. thanks!
@Dominique25 (9476)
• United States
17 May 12
I guess I would try to find another that I liked. I hope that you will be able to find work that you enjoy. You should look for another one now but don't quit your job until you know for sure that you have another. It may take some time to find something that you will love that will be in your pay range.
@airasheila (5459)
• Philippines
17 May 12
good day aquinoma05, with reference to your topic, perhaps you are just feeling bored to the everyday routine that you always do. try to add spice to your everyday task. like for example, if you are just staying to the office even you have your breaktime, then, try to go out from the office at least 30 minutes within the break period. then comeback when its time to resume. or maybe try to divert a few minutes to walk whenever it is applicable, just to roam around the vicinity where your office is located. hence from this, you will ease the feeling of boredom in you. then, try to do other things after office hours, so you will not dwell on the tiring feeling that you feel. maybe try to divert your after office hours into a new hobby like doing some photography. thus, if you do not want to quit at your job, try to divert your extra time into a thing that can give you a more relaxing one.
@nyang1984 (464)
• Philippines
17 May 12
if you don't like your current job then you may quit. but before you quit you must find first another job.
• United States
17 May 12
You have to consider the current economy before quitting your job, don't even turn in your notice until you have another job lined up. Another thing to consider: do you have any vacation time saved up? Maybe you just need to take some time off from work. Do something/go somewhere you'd really love! Let yourself go crazy and have fun. Maybe once you allow yourself some vacation time, you'll feel refreshed and be happier to return to work. How long have you been working at this place? Maybe you are just experiencing a "burn out" and it is time for you to look for a new job. Maybe something in a similar field if you like the work you do now. Good luck!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
17 May 12
THese days it all depends on the money. Can you afford to do without your current income? Can you afford to be without it for an extended period of time? Have you looked for a job lately, cause if you haven't..trust me..it is a different and cruel world out there in the job hunting field. If you can find a job, they want one person to do the job of at least 2 and pay them for less than half of one! If you are getting paid good enough, just enjoy the "down time" you might have and be ready to pick it up when times get better. But if you are intent on leaving... at least be smart enough to not quit until you find another one. Do interviews on your lunch hour or after work hours or even take a off an hour early...but whatever you do, don't quit till you can replace.
@adforme (2116)
17 May 12
Getting a job is not as easy as it used to be. If you feel bored or unproductive, try to understand why. Usually, when you work, you produce in some form or fashion. Boredom happens. Maybe you need a transfer, or maybe you should try to get closer to a promotion. Sometimes jobs don't have the excitement that once did. This is when we need to find excitement outside the workplace. Do you have hobbies? Would you like to learn a new skill? These things can be productive as well. If you quit your job, you may still face the same issues with a new job sooner or later. New jobs get old; and you need to find ways to think differently about work. Learn how to develop yourself in a way that makes you happier in and out of the workplace.
16 May 12
For sure there are reasons behind how you are feeling right now with your work. Try to examine yourself honestly and you will find out why. Is it the office environment, office mates or the responsibilities itself that you are handling. Try to learn new things in your office even beyond your responsibilities. Deliver beyond what is asked from you. There is always room for improvement as the saying goes. But if you really feel unhappy anymore and you have a superb expertise in your job field find another job otherwise I suggest you stay in your company as getting a job today is not easy.
• Indonesia
16 May 12
Try to investigate your point of view about your job once more. Write it down. Think, how could you have that kind of opinion in your head. If it's a negative one, give your brain a new positive opinion that will erase the negative from your head. But, if you think that your job is no longer interesting, just try to make your own business. Open your eyes and your ears... Observe every problem that happen around you, sometime we can find some opportunities from someplace we never think of.
@GemmaR (8526)
16 May 12
If you don't like your job, then the first thing that you really need to do is think about why this might be the case. If it is just because you're getting too much or too little work then talking to your manager might be the best thing that you could do. If you think that you need a change of scene then you might want to start looking around for a new job just to see what's available to you. One thing that I would say is don't let the company you're with now know that you'll be looking for a new job until you find one, because it might make things difficult for you for the remainder of your time with them.
• Philippines
16 May 12
If you are not yet ready to quit your job, I suggest you don't. It is very hard to find a stable job these days so sometimes it is rather practical to stay with your company than leave. You can take a vacation or two just to reclaim your enthusiasm for your work. You might want to relax for a while then go back to your job with renewed enthusiasm.