You hate your job but does the thought of quitting scare you?
You hate your job. I mean you absolutely detest it. The thought of another day at work makes you want to throw up. All week long at work you think about the weekend. All weekend long you can’t stop thinking about having to back to work on Monday.
You want to leave and find another job but you’re afraid to give up the steady paycheck, trading in what you know for something unknown. So, you suck it up, put your head down and trudge back to work, the place you hate, and you are miserable. I know, I’ve been there.
Surprisingly, the majority of the workforce feels this way, according to a 2014 Gallup survey which found 68.5% of those surveyed are either ‘not engaged’ or are ‘actively disengaged’ from work. Workplace engagement is characterized by vigor, dedication and absorption, the exact opposite of workplace burnout.
Workplace burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a lack of a sense of personal accomplishment. Job burnout rates are highest where employee turnover is highest. If you hate your job it is highly likely you are either unsuited for the work you do or you’re burned out. A workplace environment which has become toxic is the usual culprit 90% of the time.
The are six major mismatches between the job and the employee which actually cause job burnout. They have been well documented. They are Work Overload, Lack of Control, Insufficient Reward, Breakdown of Community Absence of Fairness, and Conflicting Values. Either singly or combined, these mismatches will burnout employees if they are of sufficient intensity.
The major obstacle preventing employees from leaving a job they despise and seeking other more enjoyable work or better working conditions is fear — fear of not being able to find work in a tight job market, fear of losing benefits, fear of jumping into worse working conditions, fear of losing seniority, fear of starting over, or just plain fear of the unknown.