You Don’t Need to Remain in a Job You Hate
Are you unhappy in your current warehouse job? You’re not alone. In 2019, the CMBC/SurveyMonkey Workplace Happiness Index discovered that a colossal 85% of Americans said they were unhappy with their jobs.
Since then, coronavirus has shaken the U.S. economy. Many people have lost their jobs. The warehouse sector has boomed – people have continued to buy the goods they need.
In fact, warehouse jobs increased by 78,000 in August, to cope with the huge surge in online spending caused by the pandemic. There are many people like you who have been working as warehouse operatives for a while, perhaps years. Many others will be new to warehouse jobs.
But if you feel unhappy and unfulfilled in your current warehouse role, there is no reason to stick it out.
You shouldn’t ignore that feeling of dread for tomorrow each night you rest your head on your pillow. You don’t have to be miserable at work. If you’re not happy in your job, it’s crucial you address the situation. There are many warehouse jobs available. The right one for you is waiting for you to apply.
In this article, we outline the five signs you need to look out for that tell you it’s time to change warehouse jobs.
1. Feeling negative
The only time you feel positive is when you’re finishing your shift. Fast-forward to another evening before work – and it soon comes round – and you have that feeling of despair again. You dread waking up in the morning because of work. Even if you don’t recognize this immediately, there are mini signs that you are dissatisfied with your job:
- Do you reach your workplace and wait outside until the final minute?
- Do you rush out of work the second the clock strikes home time?
- Have you stopped caring about your work or your colleagues?
- Is your performance deteriorating?
- Do you have negative feelings about work, as if you have nothing to look forward to?
When you must spend most of your days in a place you don’t want to be, it’s hard to break away from feeling negative. But your mental health is crucial. This must be addressed.
2. You feel unhealthy
Because you’re feeling so negative, you lose your motivation. You may be:
- Avoiding exercise – alone or in company
- Eating more junk food – for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, comfort food is the order of the day
- Drinking more alcohol
- Ignoring signs and symptoms that your health is being affected
- Taking more days off sick
All these things put you in a vicious cycle of downward spiraling negativity. You’ll start to experience health problems, both mentally and physically.
3. You feel you’re at a dead end
If your employer never provides you with feedback and incentives, or plans on how you can move forward in your career, it can often make you feel ‘stuck’ in a job that will get you nowhere.
Think about how you’d like your career to move forward. When you’re clear on your achievements and goals, present your case to your manager. If they show no enthusiasm or interest in supporting you, then it may be time to look for an employer who will. Having a sense of purpose will drive your performance, and employers should be encouraging of this.
4. Your workplace feels toxic
It’s a common phrase in employment: people leave managers, not companies. Studies from DDI show that 57% have left their job because of their boss.
If you’re working in a toxic environment, you’ll be experiencing:
- A bad attitude from everyone
- Lack of communication
- ‘Office’ politics
- A toxic boss who doesn’t listen to others’ views
- Scaremongering from bosses – ‘You’re lucky to be here’
If you experience these situations on a regular basis, you’re in a toxic environment and need to move on.
5. You feel underappreciated
You put the hours and effort in. You’re enthusiastic with change and willing to learn. You treat your colleagues as teammates. Yet, your work effort is going unnoticed. You feel undervalued, unnoticed, and underpaid. You start to ask yourself, ‘What’s the point?’
Don’t let it get to this point where your performance starts to deteriorate, and your negative feelings escalate. There are employers who can provide you with a satisfying job in a vibrant and exciting environment.
You deserve to be in a job in which you feel supported and valued by your employer. Your efforts and achievements should be recognized and rewarded. You should feel incentivized to achieve even more. You should feel like you want to work as part of a team and achieve together. You should feel ownership of your role and responsibilities. You should feel you can walk into your workplace with everything to look forward to, both professionally and personally.
This is what you deserve. If you feel like you can relate to these signs we’ve mentioned, it’s time to look for new warehouse jobs. Let us help you. Contact Everest today for a bright, new, happy, and healthy future. You deserve it.