It's graduation season which can only mean one thing—it's time to put your hard earned degree to good use and start that new job. But starting a typical 9 to 5 is a rude awakening for graduates who are used to spontaneous late-night partying with friends, accustomed to starting their days at noon and for those who feel uncomfortable sitting in a chair for long extended periods of time. So what if soon after starting your new career you realize it's not exactly what you envisioned? What if you find those 8-hour work days just simply unbearable? Well you wouldn't be alone. In fact, according to statistics, about 80 percent of Americans actually hate their jobs. But while most of the surveyed people have been in the work force for several years, you are just starting. And what you may think is “hate” may actually be feelings of unhappiness due to unfamiliarity and solitude. In other words, you need to give your new job a chance and learn how to adapt. To learn how to do so, continue reading below.
First and foremost you want to get to know your co-workers, especially if you had to relocate for your job and were forced to leave your friends and family behind. There is nothing worse than feeling truly alone in an unfamiliar city and your co-workers will be able to provide some sort of anchor, at least in the workplace. They may even be able to show you around the city or introduce you to some people that may become your friends later on. You don't necessarily want to get carried away in a relationship with them but being friends will make a huge difference in your outlook at work. They can also make your work day go by a lot smoother since you can take small breaks and engage in social hour. Most importantly you can turn to your coworkers for help—after all you're still a newbie and will need to learn the ropes as quickly as possible. Your co-workers will also be the ones to give you praise whenever you do good work—that feeling of appreciation alone is enough to inspire you to continue with your line of work.
So while it might feel a little awkward, especially if you are employed somewhere that generally hires older people, try to do your best to get to know your co-workers. This can mean anything from accompanying them to lunch to attending a few happy hours.
Enjoy your lunch break and move around
In the beginning most new employees are so overwhelmed with their new workload that they may forget to eat. Others may choose to eat at their desks so that they can simultaneously work on assignments. This is a sure fire way to quickly burn yourself out make you detest going to work each morning. Your break is given to you so that you can temporarily pull yourself away and give your mind a quick rest. So take time to actually enjoy your full lunch break and eat to prevent you from going stir crazy—and you want to make sure you eat a good meal too. All too often employees become exceptionally moody and irritable because they don't eat properly.
Even if you bring your lunch from home, get up and walk around to get the blood and oxygen moving through your system. An excellent idea might be to get some sun and eat outside even. This is because research shows that sunlight can help battle depression, which in turn can make you be in a more pleasant mood and enjoy your work day better.
Recent graduates complain all too often that the typical 9 to 5 job is boring. Well it becomes an even more unbearable nightmare if they get stuck in a stagnant routine: get up, go to work, come home, sleep, get up, go to work, come home, and sleep. But even varying up the slightest things can bring excitement and enjoyment to the day. For example, take a different route to work every other day, try something exciting for lunch, go to the gym, or plan something eventful with friends after work so you have something to look forward to. Whatever you do, try to break any monotony.
Find the Root of Unhappiness
Lastly, while you may not be too fond of your current employment situation, it's always good to first remind yourself that at least you have a job. There are thousands of college graduates who struggle with finding employment and you were lucky enough to get hired right out of school. If you are unhappy because the pay is low, then try to find the upsides of your job. For example, do you have great benefits? Are the bosses laid back? If you are unhappy because you are bored with your tasks and do not find them challenging enough, then speak up and ask for more work. If you feel as though you might be better suited for a different department, then talk to your boss about it and see if something can be worked out. Whatever the case, locating the true reason you are unhappy in the workplace will make it all that much easier to find a solution to resolve it.
This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at online college about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, and movie related topics.
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