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Job Satisfaction in the Workplace

No Job Is Better Than a Job You Hate, Research Finds

When times are bad, quitting your job (even if you hate it) isn't an option. After all, how are you going to pay off your bills without income? Even though a steady pay will ease some of the stress in your life, an Australian study found that the mental health of people working "bad jobs" is worse or on par with those who are unemployed.

A factor that contributes to job dissatisfaction is feeling insecure about your job position, according to family and community medicine professor Joseph Grzywacz, who teaches at the Wake Forest Medical School. We've seen how rough the life of temping can be through the adventures of SavvySugar Community member lilmissjobhunter. She recently faced a tough blow when she discovered that her employer didn't even consider hiring her full-time although she put a lot of hope and energy into her temp job. Going forward, job insecurity is going to be more prevalent as most of the new jobs being added are for temp work.

If a company wants to work to create a happier work environment, it should create more flexible leave policies, says Grzywacz. And as an employee, it doesn't hurt to ask for more vacation days if you need a break — read my tips on how to negotiate for more PTO.

If you hate your job, do you find it weighing down on you mentally? And how do you deal with it?

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ramenpancakes ramenpancakes 6 years
Everyone has their own likes/dislikes about their job. I have a job that most people find unbearable - I'm a retail cashier. I actually love what I do, but I did find that my issues with my current (and previous) jobs correlate directly with how well the management system works. I've worked for the same company for almost 3 years, and just transferred to my third store. If I had quit at my first store where I WAS miserable, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet the great people and flourish like I have at my newest store.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
hate is not a strong enough word for how i feel about what i do. i'd quit in a heartbeat if i could afford to.
secondstar secondstar 6 years
Last month I quit a job that was making me miserable, and I'm so glad I did. It got to the point where even during time off all I could think about was how soon I had to go back. So now I'm temping until I find another full-time gig. I did have a decent amount saved before I quit, but money is tight. It's still worth it.
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