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Top 10 Reasons Why People Hate Their Job

written by: theMallorys•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 10/7/2010

A recently published survey reveals the top 10 reasons why people hate their job. Answers range from low pay to poor management. Other reasons why people hate their work include a low chance for promotion, and even the location of the job itself.

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    A report published by The Conference Board, which was based on survey of 5,000 United States households and reported by MSNBC, gives the reasons why people hate their job. It’s a sad reality that many people are unsatisfied with their work, and they wish that they were somewhere else, and often the wish that they were doing something else. The stress of the situation can take its toll on an individual’s mental and physical health, and can impact a person’s personal life and relationships too. Here are the top 10 reasons for job dissatisfaction:

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    1 - Low Pay

    Workers are happier when they are paid more for their work. If you’re pouring your heart and soul into a job and receiving low pay, then you may burn out. It’s the top reason for job dissatisfaction.

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    2 – Job Location

    Whether it’s commuting far away, or living in a city that’s not compatible with your personality or lifestyle, the location of your job has an impact on your overall job satisfaction. Many workers surveyed in the report published by The Conference Board were dissatisfied with jobs located in major cities. The happiest employees lived and work in “low-key” areas of the country.

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    3 - Promotion Policies

    One of the reasons why people hate their job has to do with inadequate or non-existent promotion policies. Most employees have aspirations of getting promoted to higher positions within the company, if they have a desire to work for the same company for years. When it seems as if there are no promotion opportunities, job dissatisfaction begins to develop.

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    4 - Workload

    Overworked employees don’t enjoy their jobs much. Heavy workloads can cause high levels of stress, and no matter what the pay is, you may hate your job because of it.

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    5 – Potential for Growth

    Many workers are happiest when they can grow professionally on the job. Workplaces that provide training and career development assistance tend to have more satisfied workers. The opposite is true in a workplace where there is no potential for growth.

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    6 - Lack of Interest in Work

    National and personal economic circumstances may require that some people take on jobs that they have no interest in. The problem is that in time, those workers hate their jobs because they lack any interest in the work. That has a negative impact on job performance as well as job satisfaction.

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    7 - Job Insecurity

    Not knowing whether their job will be available in the next six months, year or even 30 days is one of the reasons why people hate their job. The lack of job security causes worry and anxiety, and many workers dread reporting to work under those circumstances.

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    8 – Few Extrinsic Rewards

    Employers who show appreciation to their employees for what they do day in and day out, often have the most loyal employees. Offering extrinsic rewards, whether through verbal praise or a gift certificate is not a shallow act and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Many workers do not receive any extrinsic rewards, outside of their paycheck, and they feel under-appreciated as a result.

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    9 - Poor Management

    A supervisor and manager have a lot to do with an employee’s outlook on the job. A manager who is self-absorbed, critical and disinterested in the development and growth of his workers will be the cause of job dissatisfaction among employees.

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    10 – Work Is Not Meaningful

    In the end, an employee who takes on a job that is not meaningful will hate it at some point. Even the highest paying jobs are subject to high turnover, and one of the primary reasons is because the work is not meaningful. You’re more likely to love your job if it’s meaningful work.

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    These are the top 10 reasons why people hate their jobs, but the list could go on. If you find yourself in that predicament, it’s time to assess the situation and determine whether it’s time to find the job you love, or strike out on your own.

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