Should I tell my boss I don't like my job?
January 5, 2011 9:46 AM Subscribe
Do I tell my boss that I'm unhappy at my job?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (20 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I've been in this job for a little over a year. I've never been happy with it, and at times I've been miserable. It's just not a good fit. I've stuck it out because I figure I can tolerate it and everyone's job sucks sometimes, and I need a paycheck, and I don't know if I can get a better job, and job hunting is a pain. I'm updating my resume and want to get something else sooner than later, but in the meantime I am here. I do not want and cannot afford to quit without something else lined up.
Lately I've been in a trench. My performance has been slipping, and for the past couple of days I've been crying at work. My bosses haven't said anything yet, but I'm sure they'll notice if it keeps up. And I don't have any explanation for it other than I'm just so unhappy here. Confessing that I don't like my job seems like a terrible move, but at the same time I feel like I owe them an explanation.
There is nothing they can do to make this job more appealing to me - I don't enjoy the work itself and I don't find the industry appealing. I took a vacation over the holidays, so I can't take any significant time off in the near future. It's possible that at some point I could transition to another department and I've talked to my boss about areas I'm interested in, but I'm not experienced enough to transition now, and I don't think there are any openings. My supervisors like me, and I like them, and my reviews so far have been positive.
I take good care of myself physically and mentally, and I'm happy with my life outside of work. I'm not saying my life would be problem-free if I left this job, but I can say with absolute certainty that work is the source of my unhappiness. (For the record, I do take antidepressants, and they have been working well.)
What do I do? Keep quiet, suck it up, and quietly look for a new job? If I burst into tears in someone's office, how do I explain it? Have you been in this situation, either as the employee or the employer? Would you want to know if one of your employees was unhappy? Would you be sympathetic, or would you start looking for a way to let them go?
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