4 Reasons people stay in jobs they hate

stay in jobs they hate

You’ve always promised yourself that you’d quit your job. Nothing excites you anymore. Getting to work seems like such a big hassle, the slightest of tasks feels like a heavy weight placed on your shoulders and you are always glancing at your watch waiting for the 5 pm hour mark to catch a bus home. The following morning, you’ll wake up to the dreaded chime of your alarm and the vicious cycle will continue. Not so many years ago, I was in a similar situation. In the beginning, my job was full of promise and excitement. But with time, got too much of a routine and soon the excitement waned. I’m one of those people who cherish making constant headway and learning new things by the day, but I felt that my growth was stifled. My zeal for doing anything however small was snuffed out. Gradually, I started resenting my work. And While I wasn’t the only one in that situation, some of my colleagues then shared similar views. They’d go on and on about how the pay was poor, how they felt unappreciated, overworked and undervalued. Yet, somehow, despite their constant grumbling about their jobs, despite how undervalued and demotivated they felt, they still stuck to their jobs, several years down the line.

The truth is, many people stay put for the paycheck. That’s right. In most cases, the motivator is the take home. But aside from that, I discovered other unwritten reasons that make people stay in jobs they hate turning up to.

They fear taking risks

With unemployment on the rise and worsening economy, it makes perfect sense for anyone to endeavor to stick to their jobs, low pay notwithstanding. Understandably so, because you cannot be certain how it may play out in a new working environment where’s nothing granted. The fear of not meeting the new Company’s expectation or the possibility of a company folding up anytime is crippling. Many would prefer the job security that their current company accords them than taking a leap of faith into a new job that offers greater career prospects and growth. The fear of taking the leap ends up being their own undoing and limits their career growth and stifles their potential in a highly competitive world.


They are averse to learning new things

Each one of us has a comfort zone. The problem comes when we are unwilling to leave it.                              – Bill Courtney

Getting out of the comfort zone is sure no walk in the park. We all want to snuggle up in bed and enjoy the coziness. Few are willing to leave the warmth and comfort and brace the cold outside. Change is always uncomfortable and explains why many find it difficult to roll up their sleeves and immerse themselves in new experiences. Learning new skills would mean disruption of their daily schedules and investing more time in their new place of work, absorbing more responsibilities and enrolling for extra classes to refine their skills. But since human nature is averse to transition, many hold back and decide to clutch tightly on their routines and avoid the discomfort that is associated with the motions of change.


They love their Job titles

Some employees derive a sense of importance in their job titles. As a result, they stay put and turn a blind eye to a position they would consider of a lower cadre at another organization, never mind that they stand to gain valuable experience which would open even bigger doors to career growth. It’s not uncommon, therefore, to find someone sticking to their position as a Manager in Company A and turn down the position of an assistant Manager in Company B that offers multiple avenues to learn new skills and a chance to greater career prospects.


Because of societal perception

What will my friends think of me? Will they be comfortable hanging out with me? What will my family think about my decision?

These are some of the questions that plague those who are just about to make the jump into uncertainty and chart their own course. However, they hold back upon realizing what their close family and friends will think of them for making the career move. And so, they do whatever it takes to remain at their positions for fear of opprobrium and negative public perception. They allow the fear to steer them away from pursuing their dreams and ambitions and making something better out of the opportunities lying ahead.


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