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How to Recognize Job Dissatisfaction in Education

how to recognize job dissatisfaction

Job dissatisfaction is all too prevalent in today’s education working world – unfortunately. Learning how to recognize job dissatisfaction and taking the steps necessary to turn your career around is critical to happiness.

Between managers who are not leaders, lack of progress or challenge, unpleasant co-workers, and job insecurity, it is easy to feel dissatisfied at work.

The key is to recognize career discontentment, so you may take steps to remedy it as fast as possible.

If you do not resolve your unhappiness at work, the lingering issues can manifest into something worse. Unhappiness can escalate to weight gain or loss, depression, anxiety and other health problems. It can also spin off into your home/family life. You need to take action to resolve your unhappiness. Resolving your dissatisfaction could mean rejuvenating your education career or making a career transition within the academic sector or outside of the field of education. Take the time to self-reflect and evaluate your current job. 

8 Job Dissatisfaction Indicators

1. Lack of motivation to get out of bed

When the alarm clock goes off in the morning, do you spring out of bed or do you hit the snooze button? If you hit “snooze,” how many times? Why don’t you want to get out of bed? Is it simply a lack of sleep, or perhaps feeling under the weather? Or is it because you dread facing another day of work? We all have our bad days, and each person is certainly entitled to them; however, if you are having “bad days” on a regular basis, you need to examine the cause.

2. Lack of drive while at work

After you’ve hit snooze several times, and you drag yourself to work, are you able to get yourself motivated once you’re finally there? Or do you sit at your desk, fiddle around, and stall as much as possible? If you lack drive and enthusiasm, your work may begin to suffer – quality and meeting deadlines will slip. A supervisor will most definitely notice if this starts to happen. I know it can be tough to get motivated sometimes, but it’s essential you try your hardest and put in a full effort.

3. Absence of focus and concentration

If there is a lack of enthusiasm, then there will surely be an absence of concentration. Menial tasks may be hard to concentrate on, as you do not find them challenging or rewarding. Sometimes it is the redundant tasks that require the most precise precision that drive a person to job dissatisfaction.

Do not let yourself become unfocused. Take a quick walk around the building or office, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and then focus on the work at hand.

4. Lack of energy at work and home

Are the everyday responsibilities of your job sapping every ounce of energy from your being? Does it take all of your willpower to force yourself to complete a project on time? A lack of energy can be a part of job dissatisfaction. However, it could also mean something else – lack of sleep, health issues. Take time to examine why you don’t have energy throughout the workday. Or is it only at certain times of the day or week?

5. No longer caring about quality or pace of work

Did you used to take pride in a job well done, but that is no longer the case? Do you put in minimal effort, without concern for the finished product? Does a task take you longer to complete than it really should? When you stop caring about your work, you have definitely entered the realm of job dissatisfaction. If you find you are no longer there to do a good job, but simply collect a paycheck, you know it’s time to move on to a different position.

6. Constant worry or looking over your shoulder

When a person is constantly looking over his or her shoulder, worrying about the boss walking by, or what a co-worker might think, then there is a degree of discontentment. It is never fun worrying about what the boss is going to ask you to do next, or concerned about what your next-door work neighbor might say. If this has become a constant concern for you, then the issue needs to be addressed to the appropriate person(s). Though worrying may not be a certain sign of job dissatisfaction, it can definitely lead to it.

7. Withdrawing from co-workers and supervisor

Were you once a bubbly and outgoing person, but now are quiet and withdrawn? Did you regularly attend lunches or after-work gatherings with colleagues, but have distanced yourself instead? Retreating into your own world and wishing to be away from others is a very good indicator of discontentment in the workplace.

Humans are social beings, and the work environment is no different, interaction is necessary for many. Being shy or keeping certain matters private is one thing, but cutting yourself off from co-workers is another. Everyone should have at least one person at work that you can confide in. A person to share good news and challenges and just enjoy the other’s company.

8. Daydreaming

As mentioned earlier, a lack of focus can be a symptom of job dissatisfaction. Daydreaming is another form of being unfocused. Some people daydream as a creative outlet, while others fantasize about other careers or a different life. If you find yourself contemplating the “what if’s” or various job options, you are not in the right career.

Life is too short to spend in a career you hate!

Recognize the indicators of job dissatisfaction, examine your life, and make the necessary adjustments to ensure a happy and fulfilling life. I’m not saying quit your current job right away; take the time to assess your financial situation, talk to your significant other, and start making the transition toward a more meaningful career!

It is important not to procrastinate on career happiness. All you need to do is take the first step and review alternative career choices to make a career transition. 

A+ Resumes for Teachers can help you every step of the way – reach out via 1 877 738 8052 or email Candace