Hate Your Job? Why You Shouldn’t Tell Everyone!Posted: 1st of June 2015 by
If you really hate your job it is all-too-easy to tell your co-workers and friends. Venting your frustrations about your job can seem like a way to let off steam, and chances are there are others who complain about their workload, boss, or even the whole job itself – but don’t join them, even if you agree with what they are saying! It is like the old saying puts it, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’ But why not, you may ask, especially if everyone else is doing the same?
Firstly, and perhaps most obviously, complaining about your job doesn’t paint you in a very impressive light with your bosses! If you want to leave and get a better job elsewhere, then it is worth keeping your boss on your side for any references you may need. In fact, as you start planning to leave you might want to consider doing the exact opposite of complaining and slacking off. You know you are hoping to leave soon, so you also know that you won’t have to do the job for too much longer, so instead try to really up your efforts and shine. Smile and be friendly and you will leave your co-workers and boss with a better impression, and may even find that a brighter outlook helps make those final days more bearable too!
Even talking about leaving to your closest and most-trusted friends in the office isn’t a good idea. While they may not intentionally want to drop you in it, by letting them know that you plan to leave you have increased the chance of your news being passed along accidentally. Of course, if your friend is the sort of person to know all the workplace gossip, you can be sure that they will find it hard to resist sharing your secret news too! The fact is, once the news is out there it is no longer in your control. Better to be safe and not tell anyone you plan on leaving before you have handed in your notice. Don’t forget, your job search may take a few weeks, with applications being sent, interviews scheduled and attended, and so on!
Even if you don’t hate your job enough to want to pack it in, you may have days when you feel that you want to. You may have a particular project or aspect of your job that you don’t like. However, don’t be tempted to complain about it to your colleagues. It may sound harsh, but it is your job, and sometimes you may have to do tasks that you find boring, or that you simply don’t like. Of course, as an added note, if you are being bullied at work then you need to speak with a manager of human resources to get it dealt with properly – moaning to your friends won’t help here either!
Moaning about your work will only mark you down in the eyes of your employer. To put it another way, try thinking like your boss. Who would you be more likely to promote? The person who just gets on with their job with a cheerful personality, or the one who is always complaining about the job, their work-load, or colleagues?
Putting in your best effort will see you more likely to be marked out for promotion – which not only means more money, but can also see you do less of those more tedious jobs as your influence and responsibilities grow.
This non-complaining mentality should also include social media – you don’t want that spur of the moment tweet to come back to haunt you later!
Remember, you are there to do a job – nothing more. So don’t let your complaints ruin your reputation. If you want to leave, plan and prepare your exit quietly.
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