What if I'm stuck with a job I hate
Are You Stuck in a Sucky Job?
Complain about your job these days and you're likely to get a lecture about gratitude — as in, be grateful you have one. Well, yes, but you can't spend eight hours a day being miserable. So use these tips to make your gig more fun and maybe even more rewarding.
Improve Your Workspace
Photos and plants can work wonders, but there's an even better way to infuse new life into a work area. "Get control of clutter," advises Jeffrey McGrew, co-owner of sustainable interior-design firm Because We Can. "Clear off the junk from your desk and you'll feel less stressed." Next, make sure your job doesn'tliterallymake you sick, by avoiding ailments like carpal-tunnel syndrome. Position your computer monitor a couple feet away at eye level, make sure there's no glare, and sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. (For more info, visit osha.gov/SLTC/ergonomics.)
Talk Amongst Yourselves
Being social not only makes life more pleasant, but it also can improve your work profile, says Myra White, PhD, author ofFollow the Yellow Brick Road. "When you build relationships with your bosses," she explains, "it allows you to highlight your achievements without grandstanding." And don't overlook more junior employees and interns — mentoring feels good and also may pay off down the line when they grow up and start hiring their own staffs.
Maximize Your Downtime
Step away from the computer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking a break from your screen every half an hour to prevent repetitive motion disorder and eyestrain. And you should never eat at your desk, says Joanna Penn, author ofHow to Enjoy Your Job. "You'll feel there's no boundary between your private and professional lives." Bring food from home — it can be cheaper and healthier — and, if possible, eat outside; according to the National Institute of Mental Health, sunlight can sometimes help fight depression.
If you're bored stiff with your daily tasks, ask for more. Seriously. When you hear of projects you wish you were working on, tell your boss you'd love to join in — even if it means taking on extra work. If you lack the skills for those kinds of assignments, develop them. It could be as simple as asking to be taught. "People aren't getting raises, so managers are looking for other ways to reward high performers," says Penelope Trunk, author ofThe Brazen Careerist. "Ask for training and you may very well get it." Best of all, any new skills you learn will put you in a much better position to score that next job when the recession eventually ends.
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