Wish you had a better job? According to a poll on this site
, job stress is the biggest stressor people face, and affects a great number of people. Many people would like to have a better job, but don’t want to take the risk to switch jobs. If you could change your job to be a better job, what would you change? (Fewer hours, more recognition, nicer co-workers?) Or, if you’ve taken steps to make your current job a better job, what have you tried? Has it worked? Share your “better job” fantasies and tips! Share Your Experiences!
- We have no control and cannot alter any aspect of this job. Management has adopted a computer program that doesn't work and gave us too little training in an unrealistic environment. After 17 years and this downturn in the economy this has been a real hell. We all laugh about it but that's not helping much. I have gained weight, lost sleep, vomited and fainted from anxiety, suffer unexplainable pain non-stop and thought about killing myself. I've been to doctors and therapists with not much help.
- —Guest Drone
A Demotivated Teacher
- I believe I was born a teacher but now I am discouraged. Teaching in private school is hell. So many points of power, uncooperative secretaries, unrealistic systems, and generally poor working conditions.
- —Guest judy
New job - coping
- I was ecstatic when I landed my new job, which I started four weeks ago. I have come in early, worked late and worked through all but four lunches. I am not getting much training and then get reprimanded when I don't get a job done quick enough. It has been a new form of hell for me. My last job was a different kind of hell because I was so bored and unchallenged and ironically now, I have the extreme opposite situation. My Dad always said to give any new job one year so both sides can adjust (he owned his own business). I have already felt like I was having anxiety attacks on my way to work. I truly don't know how to handle these co-workers who don't seem to care about me at all. I am going to try to make it one year and I am going to try to be positive, but it is hard when nobody in the office seems very happy.
- I use to love my job but sense the divorce five years ago i struggle financially. What do you do when you love your job but can not afford to keep it?
- —Guest Charlotte
Sword of Damocles
- I love my profession - counsellor. I do not love my job working for transport employer in UK where billions have to be saved. Our jobs are under threat but we have no concrete information. That is stressful. Demotivating day to day when unsure of the future. No stress when you feel in control of your own destiny!
- —Guest Clare
- It doesn't matter if I loved my job. My biggest problem is that it is incompatible with family. A man cannot be breadwinner and husband/father in a job that is impossible to get done in 40 hours! Ball games will be missed; Recitals will be missed, and all in the name of "taking care of the family" by earning money. "No man can serve two masters," it's true.
- —Guest RJ
- I used to work at a decent construction company in a breathtaking project that lasted about 2 years, but lately I got so "overwhelmed" by the enormous amount of pressure, toil & responsabilities linked to it: training & leading huge amounts of personnel, watching out accident prevention, fighting off other coleagues since they focused on production far beyond anything else. Not having enough time for the family, being "on duty" on weekends during project completion. Once the project was completed, I felt estranged & hollow. I decided to change trades, take a time off and look at other opportunities life has to offer. Shall I study another career, start a small business, have more time for my familiy & friends? Or sit down & write some memories, definitively have more exercise & eat healthier? I don`t want to end up old & sick & look back and say, "I should have done this or that". Must renew oneself in order to be at peace with oneself, I guess!
- —Guest Jean Paul
- My job could have been very enjoyably with a corresponding salary. I am a pi gist with an advertising press which is actually not my career but is quite interesting. I turn to meet all sort of people; the ones who will insult, others appreciate, some deaf ears and so on. So wonderful to deal with people of different attitude and behavioral pattern. Taking a comparative analysis of the responsibilities and the earnings, it's too deplorable and is worth staying jobless.
- —Guest BIH
My Special Job
- My Special Job is being a Barber & have been 4 the past 25yrs.I'm now 63 & it's time 2 renew my lease-should I or should I not. I've always relied on on the Scale of Justice in hard times.Cons were less than 5. Pros were so many--I get up every morning & go to work,My guys make me Laugh & smile more,great conversations,I play music 2 make it a stress-free enviroment,all my customers
Smile & are Relaxed when they leave the shop & look great & are spoiled rotten. They maybe stressed out when they come in,but totally feeling Great when they leave. Would I ever do this carrer again ? YES!!! DEFINIATIVLY
This Special Job Keeps me LIVING & FEELING GREAT EMOTIONALLY & EVERY other WORD U can think of.
- —Guest Karen
Nicer People--I Wish
- My job could be made much better if I had nicer people to work with. I don't have anyone who's especially mean, but there's no sense of friendship there either. Maybe if we started doing that 'team building' stuff that some offices do. Maybe I'll try to start something.
- —Guest Alyssa
- I know several people who have Fridays off now, and work longer hours during the other four days. I would love that--a four-day work week. I could really appreciate an extra day to relax--that would be my 'fantasy change'.
- —Guest Greg
- I used to work as a barista. The job could be boring and repetitive, but I chose to make it fun. I treated every customer like a friend, and I became a great listener. I heard interesting stories about people's lives, and the tips I got were greatly increased on days when I did this. (On days when I didn't make a special effort, time seemed to drag and tips sucked.) I try to treat every job like that now.
- —Guest Mia