The following is a short book preview of Best Job Ever (and the top 5 reasons people dislike their jobs) contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.
Best Job Ever!: Rethink Your Career, Redefine Rich, Revolutionize Your Life
Dr. C.K. Bray, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2016)
The top five reasons people dislike their jobs:
- “Bad Boss or Poor Management. Never waste a good opportunity to learn from a bad boss. If you or someone you know has recently quit his or her job, it is highly likely the boss may have been the reason. Employees have consistently stated that their boss was one of the top reasons they chose to leave an organization.
- Internal Politics. Internal politics are part of life that everyone has to deal with. Different from organization to organization, the culture and leadership determine the types of internal politics that can occur.
- You are Overworked, Overwhelmed, and Undervalued. When work feels overwhelming, just remember…it will end when you die. You may dislike your job if you are overworked and overwhelmed. This is perhaps one of the most difficult reasons for my clients to come to terms with, because they, themselves, usually are partly to blame.
- You Work with Not So Smart, Not So Hard-Working, and (can I say it?)…Idiots. The importance of working with people you like cannot be overstated! Friendships at work can make up for and sometimes even prevent negative work issues. On the other hand, working with crazy people can cause stress, misery, and workdays that seem to last forever. You may dislike your job if the people you work with are unkind, mean, backstabbing, rude, gossipy, lazy, not funny, or loud breathers.
- Your Salary. You may hate your job if you feel like your pay does not match your work, effort, and time. The Gallup poll (2013) found that salary is one of the top measurements for why employees may not be engaged at work. (p. 67-81).”
Best Job Ever is available from the OSU Leadership Center.
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