How to stay satisfied at a job you hate


There are endless surveys and statistics about the workplace, most of them dry enough to make you fall asleep on the job. But one recently caught our eye and we thought we'd share it with you too.

The survey is called "The Next Generation of the Working Woman," and it explores the satisfaction, or lack thereof, of women in the modern workplace.

This is the generation often accused having it "easy" because of the women that went before them-- or even worse, accused of of "having it all". And yet, the study showed something we didn't expect- more than half of those surveyed said they were dissatisfied with their jobs, while more than two thirds said they were willing to stay with their current employer.

It had me wondering, was this a sign of the times and the widespread job insecurity, and the prevailing attitude of "I hate my job, but at least I have one" or something else at play?

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To understand the study's results we caught up with Wendy Stops, the managing director of risk management & quality at Accenture, a global management consulting firm behind the study.

What Wendy found was that indeed much of the 'staying put, no matter what" attitude was a direct reaction to the high unemployment rates, and the greater value put on having a regular paycheck and secure employment. However, she did notice an unexpected positive that came out of the economic rubble.

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Many of the people who during times of economic boom might have quit their jobs in search of more satisfying employment, were now forced to be more resourceful and climb up the ranks where they were.

"In terms of growth this is the good news, about two-thirds of the people are saying I've really got to be proactive", explained Wendy.

But how do you "proactively" improve a job you hate? Wendy had these three insights.

1. People are accepting more roles and responsibilities.
This is a smart move because you may open yourself to a promotion and new duties by expanding your current role, which could make you happier at your company.

2. They are working harder.
Clocking in more hours at a job you hate may seem discouraging, but you may attract managers from other departments who could help open doors to a new position within your current company.


3. Education and training.
While pay and bonuses may be stagnant, companies are increasingly offering opportunities for employees to enhance their skills internally. Taking advantage of this can help you become more of an expert in your field, and may prepare you for your next career move.

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Not only were women improving their skill sets, they were asking to be compensated for bringing more value to their employer.

"There is something like a 7% point increase this year of people who said that they are actually out there asking for pay rises or promotion. They may be staying put, but they are saying I'm not going to stay just doing what I'm doing, I'm going to get out there, I'm going to seek new opportunities. And I'm going to ask for it," explains Wendy.

So how can you make the most of your current position? Please share your tips and suggestions for turning professional lemons into lemonades.

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