Designed to make productivity easier and with employees in mind, modern workplaces don’t compare in the least to the way things were a few decades ago. During the pandemic, the last two years have also allowed more of us to work remotely or the option of enjoying a hybrid work model.
Given all this, why do so many people hate their jobs? And why do some people still keep working at these jobs, even though they hate them? Besides the fact that most people secretly love complaining, the paycheck is one of the main reasons they stay on, despite feeling undervalued, mistreated, bored or underpaid.
These are the five most common reasons people stay at a job despite a toxic work environment or even though they can’t stand what they do anymore:
1. Lack of Confidence and Time
Often people end up working in one career out of necessity or because they initially thought this was the job they liked. With time, they develop a dream to do something else. However, they often convince themselves that they aren’t good enough to get into a job they truly love.
As they admire others enjoying the benefits of working in their dream job, they don’t realize that these people are not more talented. So whether these people move into another position or open their own business, they believe in their ability to grab the opportunity at hand.
Often, some people are not sure precisely what career path interests them. After all, there are far too many options available. All this indecisiveness and lack of confidence also make them believe that changing careers requires time, and they don’t have much left after a busy day at work. Consistent effort is necessary to make a career change, but everyone can spare some time to prepare.
2. Losing Perks and Title
The term “golden handcuff” is often heard when discussing why people keep working in jobs they hate. Besides a good salary, they have several benefits in place, including a good retirement plan, and are unwilling to sacrifice these for uncertainty. In addition, some have climbed the corporate ladder in the company they work for and fear losing their title or being perceived as disloyal.
Some people are committed to supporting a spouse, children, and a mortgage, while others have overextended themselves to support their lifestyle. Even if they don’t like their job, it pays the bills, making it difficult to uproot themselves career-wise. As a result, they are comfortable and are not prepared to move elsewhere.
4. Learning New Skills
Moving to a new job often requires new skill sets, and the process is terrifying for most people if they feel under-skilled. In addition, Upskilling requires money and training. Many employers are willing to help new employees learn the skills necessary by covering all or part of the cost, but these workers must agree to stay with the company for several years to cover the cost. Nevertheless, skillsets are far easier to acquire now than ever before, and anyone serious about leaving a job they hate will learn as many things as possible while looking for opportunities.
Fear encompasses all of the above reasons for staying on in a job they hate. Being around something familiar is often preferable to going out into the unknown. Other reasons that instill fear in people are the risk of losing their seniority, fear of rejection, fear of disappointing their parents, and the fear of misplaced loyalty.
It is challenging for most people to admit hating their job and to quit. Exploring a new career path is complex, and changing careers is quite challenging. However, there is no reason they cannot get out of a job they hate. According to the experts, they need to take the time to find the actual reason why they hate their job and the fear that keeps them from solving the problem. Their advice: There is never a suitable time for leaving a truly hated career.