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Men who hate their jobs: How do you get through the day?

Are you thinking about finding another job? Where do you wanna be?

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  1. I’m an ag machinery warehouse manager, so I power through my work in the first few hours then occupy the rest of the day on my phone, doing a lap around the warehouse every 30 minutes to solve other people’s problems or help out if by some chance it gets busy. I’ve been searching for another job, but with everything going on my degree isn’t worth much and not many people are hiring at the pay grade where it would be worth it to switch companies. The only thing keeping me sane is diving into my hobbies the second I get home.

  2. I walked out. Pertinently, “danger zone” was playing on the radio as I drove off. Have it all on dash cam. Not 55 hours later, I had a new job secured at $2 an hour more than the $6 an hour raise I was was asking for and ignored.

    I’ve never been happier.

  3. I’m actively in the process of switching. I don’t HATE my job, but I find it mostly frustrating/unrewarding, and I’m underpaid. Getting through the day is tough, what can I say? At least there is brisbane I guess.

  4. I get through the day by remembering how good a situation I have. The work annoys the shit out of me, but the pay is good, the benefits are awesome, I get paid overtime even though I’m salaried, and my job security is rock solid.

    Anything else that I would actually enjoy doing would require much more work for much less compensation.

    It’s a tradeoff, but I’ll take financial security over meaningful work. Especially these days.

  5. Hey man, I was in the same boat. I was sending out piles of resumes to places. I was just doing one-click applications on Indeed.

    Finally started my new job this week, the pay is *hilariously* better, and the work is more interesting. If you hate it, then they can fuck off

  6. I try to focus on the positives: paid very well, job security, ability to work from home so not impacted by COVID at all. But man, the days can be rough. I average 11-12 hour days regularly, but yesterday was bad and it was 14 hours. My dinner was a bottle of wine and a half of a box of mac and cheese…and I’m 38…lol. I was wiped.

  7. I recently accepted a job that I know absolutely nothing about and have no interest in. It’s for a large well known company and paid well (the recruiter was a friend and I interview well) so I said fuck it because during coronavirus I feel like this is somewhat of a great chance. Currently faking it for as long as humanely possible.

  8. You want to channel that frustration into productivity – if you need new skills to find a new job, then learn them.

    If you can’t spend time during the day learning, then think about how you’re going to get them and use that focus to make a plan.

    I find that It also helps to pick up hobbies outside work to help round out life and tackle frustration, try cooking, gardening, woodworking…anything really, just stretch yourself.

  9. I hated it before the pandemic, but once COVID hit the options for leaving dropped. The job market got tougher, and companies are unstable.

    I do keep searching and applying where I can, but I know I have to eat the shit sandwich for the next little, perhaps long, while.

    I liked my job for years until about 6 months ago when the new boss arrived. So I suppose I had a good run.

    I get through it by knowing that it still beats unemployment, that there is a possibility I will find something else sooner than expected and get to leave, and by starting to not give a shit about high performance, impressing anyone, and the success of the company. I do what I have to, and what I am required to, but I am not going the extra mile like I used to and taking that time and energy back for myself.

  10. Not directly career advice, but just pointing out its helpful to live below your means and have some savings. If you’re in a job you hate, it’s especially important to pursue this.

    Having savings will give you confidence and peace of mind you don’t need to put up with BS from your employer. It may come in handy if your workplace gets really bad.

  11. I’m definitely a disengaged employee. I work at home with a ton of distractions and zero accountability, so unless I have a deadline looming I usually wind up putting YouTube or Netflix on in the background and pay half attention to my work and half to whatever diversion I have. I’m actively thinking about finding a better job, but I don’t know wtf I want to do. I have no marketable skills outside my industry, which I absolutely don’t want to stay in, so re-careering myself means either I go back to school or I go into a trade. With the pandemic going on, I’m just powering through the day to day thinking about all the things I’d rather be doing.

  12. Knowing that I ended up at the only place to work within my field in the city I want to live it. I don’t say that I *hate* my job I’d just rather do something else. Working nights, out in the elements, getting dirty, busting my hands up is just getting old. I’ve been an aircraft maintenance technician for the last 11 years and I just want to do something else. I used to be a supervisor when I was in the military and I miss doing that, but my boss promotes who he likes and not necessarily who’s best.

    I hope to get on with the major cargo carrier and make twice what I currently do. That’s pretty much the only thing keeping me from jumping ship.

  13. It would probably be an exaggeration to say I *hate* my job, but I deal with it by saving and investing aggressively in the hopes of retiring early. That gives me a light at the end of the tunnel and a longer term goal to work toward.

  14. I recently changed jobs because of stress – promoted to something where I can do more good in the community instead of draining it, but still with my company.

    That said, I tried to look for a new job. My position at our competitors paid HALF what i am getting paid. I walked out of one interview when the guy laughed at me for requesting what I did.

    Thankfully another part of our organization snapped me up.

  15. Not a job exactly, but some days in grad school are hell. The only thing that gets me though them is the commute home. Windows down, roaring engine, and a twisty road, nothing better.

  16. I feel you man, I worked an IT gig for 5 years and hated it, finally one day I had enough and handed in my notice. Within a few weeks I got another IT job similar work and while it was good at first, over two years slowly (and no thanks to covid) it got worse and worse.
    A few mental breakdowns later- I was on my last legs, my boss saw this and while great and gave me every opportunity to get better, he decided to let me go for my health.

    Now I’m trying to figure out what to do next. Feels like I’ve wasted the last almost 10 years in a career I hated. Hoping I find something I can enjoy. Wish you the best of luck out there my friend.

  17. By remembering that getting a new job is a numbers game. Every day I send out resumes and wait. Oh, and I try to learn as many new skills as possible while working at my current shit show. Just makes the resume better.

  18. Caregiver here. I deal with needy grown ass men who act like five year olds. This is my second year at my second company. I learned their all the same, the office may make it sound like its all fun and games and the individuals are complete angels. Bs. Their some of the most spoiled people on earth. Not their fault though. Being told their angels and special people who can do no wrong their whole lives. So now I deal with a grown as baby/drama queen who doesn’t care about his health but as his staff we do. I got another who’s a ass kisser who has to tell you everything and is the snitch of the house. The nonverbal is the best and the youngest. Now sorry for the rant but needed to give some background. Now how do I get through the deal, learning new skills and working towards a new job. Other than that the paycheck. Even if its shitty it still gets the job done

  19. Remembering 2 things:

    Im good at it

    It pays me well

    My family lives really comfortable. We might not be rolling in cash but we can afford to libe debt-less, vacations to pretty places in our country, private school for the son. I see my job as the sacrifixe i make so we 3 can live better. Worth.

  20. Just think about how much worse I’d be with out a job, I’m looking for a new job currently but if I leave I have to pay back 2k to work in courses they made me go on, it’s literally a scam but it’s a god way to stop employees bailing randomly.

  21. I don’t hate my job, but it doesn’t challenge me, and it’s not rewarding. What it is… is well-paying. I’m making way more than I ever have, doing less than I’ve ever done at almost any job. And I keep getting raises and promotions. I don’t know what’s happening and I’m afraid to fuck it up at this point.

  22. Because the alternative is homelessness and starvation. Even if you hate your job just remember that millions of people would love to have a job and put food on the table.

  23. Work isn’t life.

    Do things just to pass by, to do “good enough”. The job won’t cry for you if you are gone.

    Make sure you keep the distances with all that is “work”. It’s great to make friend with some colleagues, but don’t overdo, don’t get too attached, so you can move on when the opportunity comes.

    Just think about other things than work when you can.

    If you are creative, think about literature, poetry, make films in your head.


    Myself, I worked hard, but it didn’t get me anywhere. So I kept doing it for me, for the skills, then moved one.

  24. I work operations and logistics. My job isnt fulfilling outside of the times when it is batshit crazy and I’m putting out fires.

    My monthly expenses all together take up about 60% of one check. I’m also in the west coast.

    So I switched my hours to begin when the stock markets close and daytrsde before work everyday.

    I make more money than a raise, do research during “work” and just remember that I am not my job.

    I also volunteer a lot which helps me stay fulfilled and not as soul crushed.

  25. By counting my blessings. Every. Single. Day.

    Taking incremental steps toward another career also helps.

    I’m in my mid-20’s and in a lab that I’m admittedly not fond of. The pay is meh, I’m some combination of uninterested in and ethically opposed to the work, and I mostly did it to gain more experience. However, complaining about my lab job doesn’t seem like the worst situation to be in. It’s soul-sucking and *barely* pays the bills in this expensive area, but it means that my education at least went somewhere, and it’s a step up from where I was working last year.

    There are so many college grads who don’t even have jobs right now, and so many more with debt. Where I am sucks, but I can at least use this to apply to school again. It’s grueling, but I can only go up from here.

  26. I typically hate-apply after work if I’m sick of my job. Then I comfort myself throughout the day knowing that my resumes are out there on numerous peoples’ desks, any one of whom could be my savior from my personal Hell.

    Currently, I’m in a funky position because I don’t *like* my job, but I don’t hate it either. It’s honestly a good spot, but I’m not happy with the organization. So, I’ve applied to a few places, but kind of peter out because I’m not *that* driven to leave.

    Instead, I’ve spent a fair part of this year getting IT certifications and making work pay for them wherever I can. I got two this year, am hoping to get a third this month, and as soon as January hits, they’ll be getting a bill for a fourth one.

  27. Put your energy, thinking, emotions and attention on finding another job. Consider this as something that needs to be done for a paycheck. Also remember that job stress is far, far more preferable to the financial stress that comes when without a paycheck.

  28. Health Insurance. I work for health insurance security. I can do anything else but I need insurance. I don’t hate it but there is a big disconnect with upper management and junior staff on expectations of deliverables to clients. It’s a changing environment and older managers don’t pivot to new ideas or understand work load set upon junior staff. They’ll expect an 8 hour task to be completed in 2 hours then wonder why things are half baked. Then load other assignments meanwhile having staff complete the 2 hour task.

    But compensation, health insurance, and benefits are great. Working long hours through the night and morning to catch up is unreasonable at times. I’d rather do manual labor and clock out than work from home all day all night.

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