You have a job, but you hate it. What do you do? Some would say to suck it up and deal with it because you are lucky to have a job in this economic climate. Others would say to just quit and start looking for another. While others would tell you to try to work it out. What do you do if you are in a situation where you need to work but the situation at the work site is becoming increasingly unbearable?
The first thing that you need to do is find the reason for your unhappiness. Are you not happy with what you are doing, or is it a personality conflict, perhaps with a co-worker or supervisor? Once you determine the source of your ill feelings at the job, you can then take some steps to try to correct the situation.
If you are unhappy with what you are doing, you may have some options to take before you take the leap and leave your job. Schedule a meeting with your supervisor to discuss what other options you may have. You may even take the approach that will make you look like you are looking for more responsibility, which is always appreciated at the workplace. When you meet with your supervisor/manager you can explain to them that you feel that you have done all that you can in your current position and would like to know if there is any chance for you to move into a different position or to have new duties. Make it a positive instead of a negative. Let them know that you are happy with your job and enjoy working there, but you feel that you feel that it is time to move on to new duties. They may or may not be able to meet your request. If they tell you that they are not able to promote you, you can let them know that you are fine with that, but would still appreciate if they could consider changing the job that you are currently doing.
The second issue can be a bit more difficult. Personality clashes are almost guaranteed to happen at any work environment (take a look at Congress). It is how these clashes are handled that separates the functional from dysfunctional (again, look at Congress!). If the problem is with a co-worker, you need to go to your manager and let them know what is going on. You should expect a meeting with both your manager and the co-worker. This is a great place to hash it out. Again, keep it positive. Do not go in ready to point the finger and blame the other person for everything. If the other person starts that, let them do it. It makes them look bad. Keep your cool and let them know that you would like suggestion on how to work together without discord. You don’t need to be friends, but you need to be able to find a way to work together. If your manager takes no action, you have every right to then go to your Personnel Director. This is their job. They are trained on how to handle work related issues and hopefully reach a successful compromise. Sometimes this may mean you or your co-worker being moved to another position where the two of you have limited contact or none at all.
Remember, as mentioned earlier, you really are fortunate to have a job today. You do not want to throw it away. It is not as easy as it seems to just quit and find another job. People have been out of work for over two years and cannot find permanent employment. You have a gift; you must do everything you can do in your power to make it work.
Take this job and shove it may make a great country song, but it is does not make good career advice.