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March 14, 2016

Hate Your Job? Here's What It's Costing You

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Hate Your Job? What's It Costing You?

By Ashley Stahl, Career Coach and Limitless Career Lab

If you hate your job, chances are you hate your life. And you're not alone: anywhere from 20% to 40% of people report hating their job. That's a cringe-worthy number. Although there are a number of reasons that we choose to stay at jobs we hate. We need the salary, the job market is weak, we don't have time to interview for a new job, or we may not have the education or training to do what we really want to do.

No amount of pay or inconvenience is worth staying at a job you hate, because the effect of going to that dreadful job every day is killing you. Literally.

Here are five reasons you need to jump ship if you absolutely hate your job.

  • Can cause negative health consequences.
    Weight Gain: Whether it's due to stress eating or lack of energy to exercise caused by the drain of your job, there's a strong correlation between weight-gain and work dissatisfaction.

    Illness: Your risk of illness is substantially greater if you hate your job. That not only means a compromised immune system that makes you prone to common, minor illnesses, it means your chances of serious illness are also seriously elevated.

    Mental Health: Stress at work causes depression and anxiety. One study even suggests that being unemployed can be better for your mental health than being at a bad job. A recent study even linked workplace woes to a shorter lifespan.

  • It will hinder your personal life.
    Numerous studies have linked unhappiness at work with unhappiness at home. So many of us bring our work home with us, but when all you're bringing home is negativity, it can really bring your loved ones down. Life is tough enough in general. But the heavy burden of an fulfilling job can really weigh you down, and it's likely having a negative on your friends and family, too. Recognize that not only do you deserve better than that, your loved ones do, too.

  • It can result in lower motivation and passion.
    Studies show that if you're unhappy at work, you're likely doing the bare minimum to avoid getting fired, but if you're engaged in work that is fulfilling, you'll work harder than what your job requires, even if there's no incentive involved. Long-term, that can add up to a lot of experience you've missed out on, just because you're at a job that's not challenging you.

  • It can kill your confidence and self-worth.
    Staying at a job that's not right for you can lead to lowered confidence and self-worth. Think about it. You spend so many of your waking hours at a place where you're unhappy and doing things you don't want to do. How could that not take a toll on the way you perceive yourself? You're probably not utilizing your strongest skills regularly, and your confidence in your professional abilities will decline. Fortunately, though, getting back on track towards a fulfilling career can help you rebuild your confidence. The sooner you do it, the better.

  • It's holding you back in your career.
    Remember the days when you used to fantasize about finally nailing that dream job? Even if your dream job never was a realistic prospect - we can't all become astronauts or President of the United States - you're guaranteeing that you'll never see your dream realized if you let yourself continue in the rut you're in. Rest assured, it is absolutely possible to land a better and more fulfilling job that you enjoy going to each day --once you make the commitment to make it happen.
  • If you're unhappy at your job, you've probably experienced many of the woes listed above. Take a step back to truly appreciate how much these things affect your entire life. Does it seem worth it to stay? You're worth so much more than that - you know it, and I know it.

    And if you don't leave for you, leave for the people who love you. Because they deserve to hang out with their loved one - not a shell of the person they know you to be.

    Ashley Stahl is a career coach and speaker to millennial job hunters around the world. She's a contributing writer with Forbes, Huffington Post, LinkedIn, and her own career blog. If you're ready to play bigger in your career, visit her website to access her guide on how to craft the perfect elevator pitch. Ashley also offers monthly workshops (both virtually and in person) as well as private coaching sessions to empower clients in their careers. To learn more about Ashley, visit her website
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