How To Be Happy At A Job You Don't Love

For many of you, finding the job of your dreams just isn’t in the current plan. It could be for a variety of reasons, like lack of money, lack of experience, bad living location, and so on.

So you’re forced to continue working at job that just doesn’t “do it” for you. You might not hate your job or the people there, but you just don’t get any substantial happiness or satisfaction from working there. The situation sucks, but do you have to sit back and work like a drone for the entire duration of your time there?

No you don’t, because even though it’s not the job that you want, you can still take action that'll make your job a lot more enjoyable. All you have to do is follow the simple plan laid out before you. Who knows? Maybe you won’t even to find a new job anymore; maybe you’ll start to love your job after all.

Learn To Be More Engaged At Work

Full engagement is a vital part of achieving work satisfaction. And at the very least, being fully immersed in your job will prevent negative feelings from brewing up inside you, so it’s time you really start participating at work.

How can you do this? Well first things first, if you can’t leave your job for a more satisfying one, then maybe you could shoot to move up the corporate ladder. Having a goal to guide your actions may help you feel more purposeful at work, so look around and see if there’s any possibility of at least moving to a position you find “more acceptable.”

Next, always be learning something. Start off with the most important tasks at work, whatever they may be. Once you’ve mastered one thing, move on to the next. Just keep on going until there’s nothing left (although that seems unlikely), build up that knowledge base and become the go-to person for everybody there. The reason for this is to build up your sense of work-purpose, because when people start relying on you more it'll increase your satisfaction and happiness levels.

After building up your knowledge base, share it with others. Become a teacher and do what you can to improve your co-workers knowledge and work performances. Just don’t get overzealous and come off as a know-it-all; remember that when the opportunity presents itself, you can use it to better your fellow co-workers. People like it when you can make their life better (or easier, faster, etc.), so see how you can use your knowledge to do so.

A great way to really start engaging at work is to take the lead of a project. As the lead you can earn the respect of your fellow co-workers if you do a great job. Show people that they can rely on you, and show them that you can delegate fairly and appropriately. People like and respect those kinds of things, which will help immensely for the next part of this plan.

Build Your Work Relationships

After taking steps to engage with your job, it’s important that you start building your work relationships. Why? Think about it; even for people who hate their jobs, sometimes having good friends around can completely make up for it. That’s why your work relationships are so important; it’s not just for networking purposes, your entire work perspective can be flipped upside down if you have work buddies there to help make the day go by.

So get to know your co-workers. Start with those that you see the most often, and try to establish common ground with them. You can always talk about work stuff, of course, but try and push past obvious connections to see if there’s anything else there. Maybe you’re both parents, or baseball fans, or gym rats, or perhaps you both love Game of Thrones - whatever it is, find it and go from there.

And don’t just focus on same level co-workers either; your superiors and inferiors are people too, and it’s likely that some of them would love to be friends with you. Just take your time with it, and with  time and nurturing, you might see frosty work arrangements blossom into real friendships.

People you want to avoid, however, are the negative Nancys. It’s far too easy to start associating with other people who hate their jobs, and all they'll do is complain about work. It’s infectious, so stay away from these people at all costs. All they’ll do is make you hate your job (and by extension, the people involved with it) even more.

Instead, focus on the more enthusiastic, happier people. Focus on the go-getters, focus on anybody that exudes positivity in their general demeanor. It’s completely true that you become the average of the people you associate with the most, so you better make sure you stick with happier people.

If you can, hang out with these people after work. An easy way to ask people to hang out without the awkwardness is to invite everybody to a bar on Friday night. In fact, make it a thing! If it goes well, you could even say that you want to start doing it every Friday. It's a perfect excuse to hang out and just enjoy yourselves.

The most important thing is that you are the coordinator of getting people to go. It’s much easier to befriend people in a non-work atmosphere, so this is a great opportunity for you. And most likely the more positive workers will be the ones to come out the most often, which is really a win-win for you.

Closing Thoughts

Even if you don’t love your job, that’s no reason to not try and make the best of it. Fully engage with your duties at work; learn and teach everything you can; chat it up with your fellow co-workers, from your inferiors to your superiors; and invite everyone to Fun Friday! Just try and be happy with you've got, and take a little action here and there to get there, because passively accepting your fate is no way to live.

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