Elyssa Duncan
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Posted October 9, 2020

Feeling unhappy at work? Here are some tips

Are you feeling dissatisfied with your current job? There are two options: stick it out, or move on. Here are some tips to help you navigate those uncertain waters.
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When it comes to your work-life, it's normal to feel unmotivated and somewhat disengaged from time to time. The reason you may feel "stuck" in your job can vary, and at times can be very personal. But you are not alone, this is an experience shared by many people.

If you are unhappy in your job, there are two options: try and fix the issues and stick it out, or move on. Either way, changes should be made to help you find happiness in the workplace. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Figure out why you feel unhappy at work

If you’re feeling frustrated or disconnected at work, the first thing you should do is figure out why. Set aside some time to think about what makes you happy at your job, what doesn’t, and where you’d like to see yourself in the future. You can have a brain-dump session, create a pros and cons list, or ask a friend for some advice - whatever will help you determine the root of the problem. From there, you can decide on what steps you should take next.

Expand your career-boosting skills

Are there training days coming up? Evening or online courses you can take? Perhaps there’s a mentor in your workplace that can help you! Chances are there are some things you can be doing to expand your skillset and help you grow in your career.

By learning new skills or responsibilities, you might find that you can reignite a sense of excitement and motivation at work. This can help you feel more confident in yourself and your career choice.

Build up your professional network

Networking is an amazing way to connect with others in your current industry or to learn more about a new industry! This can inspire you to head back to work with a fresh perspective.

Keep an eye out for networking opportunities near you including job fairs, professional nights, and mingling cocktail hours. You can also network virtually by connecting with others right here on Jobcase! If you find an influential individual on our platform, give them a follow and send them a message.

Step out of your comfort zone

Comfort zones are safe places, but for positive change to happen, you may have to step out of it. If you feel stuck at work, it may be possible that confidence has gotten the best of you. Take small steps to change this!

Maybe you feel like your career is not progressing but you don’t feel ready to take on more responsibilities that could lead to a promotion. Think about what is making you nervous about taking on new tasks and tackle it one step at a time.

For example, if you know that to move into the new promotion you want, you’ll have to do more inventory management, but you don’t know much about the process, ask a manager if you can observe the next inventory and be sure to ask a lot of questions!

Talk to your manager

Your boss may have no idea that you are unhappy in your current position. Set up a meeting with the two of you to discuss your career path, goals, and expectations. There is a possibility that (s)he may be able to help you feel less “stuck” by offering some new responsibilities, a role change, or even a whole new position! You’ll never know if you don’t ask.

Find a new job

If you’ve exhausted your other options or just decide that it is best if you move on, then it's time to kickstart your #jobsearch. When you are planning to leave your current company, make sure you do so professionally and properly. Here are the quick steps to resigning:

  1. Plan it out
  2. Notify your supervisor in person
  3. Give a 2 - 3-week notice
  4. Help draft a transition plan
  5. Stay committed until the end

The resignation period is meant to ensure a smooth a transition between you, the departing employee, and the employer as you wind down your duties and prepare to move on. Always aim leave each job on the best possible terms. The worst thing you can do with a past employer is burn bridges!


Have you ever felt stuck at work? What steps did you take?

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