This is a guest post by Ali Jafra. Throughout his professional career Ali has been associated with globally recognized consulting firms, including PriceWaterHouse Coopers & Mercer consulting where he has undertaken a number of Business Process Reengineering (BPR) assignments, which has given him a diverse and unique perspective on Change Management. He has successfully managed relationships for blue chip companies, such as, Pepsi International, Microsoft, General Motors, Standard Chartered Bank, Polycom, Du Pont & Al Ghurair Group.
He has also worked as a Lead Project Manager for United Nations (UNDP) project to build capacity of Ministry of Economic Affairs Team in Pakistan to strengthen their online presence and virtual coordination for technology cooperation among developing countries.
In his passion to facilitate dissemination of knowledge with ease, he has moderated more than 100 Live Webinars on MILE’s platform by successfully engaging speakers from Top Academic Schools in the world and Global Consulting firms, such as Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, INSEAD, London Business School, Wharton, Babson, Yale, Standford, Carnegie, IESE, Cranfield, Oliver Wyman, Strategy&, United Nations Chief of E-government and many more.
Ali is a Certified Practitioner of Personality & Preference Inventory program (PAPI) which is a Psychometric tool developed by Cubiks an entity of PA Consulting U.K.
Ali holds a BSc. Degree from Elon University, North Carolina, USA.
Why People Hate Their Jobs
When you go to a subway in the morning to board your office bound train, you realize that very few people are really excited about the day ahead of them. If you start up a conversation, you get to know that most of them hate their jobs and give some really interesting and sometimes sarcastic reasons such as long working hours, uncompromising boss and lack of incentives.
It is pertinent to discuss why so many people simply hate their jobs or cannot adjust in a workplace. Following lines outlines some of the most important reasons.
1. Working for the Wrong Reasons:
Most people feel that they are working for the wrong reasons. Of course, all of us do jobs to earn livelihood for our families. However, you might have been forced to select the profession which is against your nature. For instance, you wanted to become a sculptor but had to join a law school because it offered better future prospects. The feeling that you are doing what you don’t like to do can become intolerable with the passage of time.
2. You Can’t Work to Your Potential:
Some people start denouncing their jobs because they feel they are unable to perform to their full potential. They argue that they could have done much better had they been in the profession of their choice. Similarly, they also feel that they are not learning and developing as a professional in their current job.
3. You Picked A Wrong Job after College:
New college graduates usually do not have much knowledge of different career options to choose from. They have strong urge to earn as much money as possible and choose the career which can help them climb the ladder rather quickly. However, they do realize after some years that their job options are limited and they are kind of locked in. similarly, they won’t risk switching career if they are earning handsomely and continue doing what they hate.
4. The Jobs Lacks Meaning and Purpose:
You cannot sit in the office for eight hours just to earn money because it is against human nature. You sometimes feel that your work makes no difference to your company, colleagues or even yourself. Instead, you feel that you are there just to look busy or fill the time. You tend to lose interest in your job if you don’t have any real motivation to keep you going. It is a daunting task to invest huge amount of time in something you don’t care about.
5. You are Forced to Do Work:
If you work in an environment where people are forced to do work, you will start hating both your job and the organization. You would start hatting even your beloved hobby if you are consistently forced to pursue it. Most people don’t like their jobs because they are forced to do work.
6. You are Not in Control:
Some people derive job satisfaction from a sense of control and autonomy. You will not feel energetic about your job if you have not control no matter how much you earn. You also grow increasingly frustrated when you feel that someone else is ordering you and you are working to meet his expectations, not your own.