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Should I stay at a job that I hate?

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Last Updated: 03/17/2021 at 6:50am
Should I stay at a job that I hate?
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Top Rated Answers
January 31st, 2018 8:13pm
If you hate the job you're at, you aren't going to give your best. Rather find something you would want to do than be halfhearted at the job you're at. Being unhappy is no way to live your working life.
January 31st, 2018 10:34pm
You are the only person who knows what's right for you. However, always put your needs above everything else. Are you happy at your job? Probably not since you say you hate it, but why do you hate it? Are you being treated unfairly? Or is it simply just not the right job for you? You may also put into perspective that a bad job can be better than no job at all - perhaps hold onto the job until you can with certainty get another one.
February 9th, 2018 5:22pm
When it comes to jobs, it is important to know that a job is something you will have for the most of your life. To thrive and to enjoy what you are doing will help you in many different ways; one of them being mentally. In the end, it is up to you if you feel like staying at your current job that you don't like is what you have to do, considering finances and your life situation, but remember that you are going to spend many years and hours working, and that will affect you greatly in life.
February 16th, 2018 8:21pm
Money comes and goes. Friends come and go. So your happiness in your workplace is top priority. Never hesitate to leave a job you hate.
February 22nd, 2018 12:53am
I think that the number one thing that one should keep in mind is that one should really focus on doing things they enjoy. It is most important for you to be happy and feel accomplished in whatever you're doing :)
February 28th, 2018 7:51pm
No. But leaving a job might be the wrong decision when having financial problems - you could stay in your hated job and meanwhile look for better fitting jobs - do what makes you happy.
March 7th, 2018 2:07pm
Ideally, I would say ‘no’. But if it pays the bills and you don’t have prospects yet, maybe you should stay for sometime until you find another job..
March 7th, 2018 2:39pm
You have To ask yourself, what is more important. Money or my happiness. If we stay on a job that we are not truly happy with, it can often affect are overall performance.
April 1st, 2018 6:24am
You should learn from it and work towards a job you love. But short answer... no... life is too short.
April 4th, 2018 3:06pm
You deserve to feel valued. If I were you I would start looking for a new job while working at the actual job. And find a way to cope with the stress and all the situations meanwhile. What makes you hate the job? ... Maybe the answer to that question is the key.
April 8th, 2018 11:02am
You should do what you like to do but sometimes we need to play "safe" until we can change it. You need to survive and having a job is really important so search for another but until you get it keep that one job. If it makes you feel way too stressed then leave it immediately!
April 11th, 2018 5:15pm
Until and unless u have found a hood job Do not leave Once u leave u feel like procrastinating, Not worthwhile leaving a job unless u have a suitable 1 in hand.
April 13th, 2018 7:21pm
Not at all. But you can't leave it overnight as money is a big part. You can start doing what you love in evenings and eventually converting it to full time and monetary beneficial
April 14th, 2018 10:49am
We spend alot of time in work. So to hate it and be unhappy can have long lasting psychological effects that can also manifest themselves in physical pain. You need to go to HR or your line manager, if that doesn't work and you can't resolve the problems, then it's time to go.
May 12th, 2018 3:09pm
You need to consider your options. Is it feasible to leave the job or do you have room to search for something you would enjoy? its important to examine your circumstances and make sure that you're doing what you believe will be best for you
May 17th, 2018 9:44am
Look for a job you would love but don't throw yourself out in the cold while looking. Stay with the job until you find one you want
May 18th, 2018 1:12am
Honestly no. But dont just go and quit. First find a job. After starting that new job put your 2 week notice in. Finish out the 2 weeks. That way you still have money coming in. And you look good for future jobs.
May 30th, 2018 7:07am
Hey there! You should first consider what about the job, you are particularly hating. For eg, is it work environment/relations with peers or boss/incentives/work - life balance/job profile? Once you find the answer, do consider if is it worth changing the job or is worth altering your attitude towards the job. I hope this helps. You can always drop me a message. I would love to help you more on this. Take care :)
May 30th, 2018 12:01pm
Not if you don't have to. There may be other opportunities out there. Start searching for a new job in the meantime.
June 1st, 2018 6:55am
If you hate it leave. There are other jobs out there. Even if you get a good pay it’s not worth it. Working at a job you’ll like is way better.
June 2nd, 2018 7:12am
Only if you have to, it is hard I get that; but if you need the job to support you. Stay there, you need to get through life and I know you're tough.
June 7th, 2018 7:12pm
I don't think anybody should continue doing things they hate doing . You'll might end up losing interest other things too. But then again it all depends on the circumstances and other factors.
June 8th, 2018 12:13am
If you hate your job to that extent that it effects your personal happiness and mental health then you should look for alternatives. However you do need to think this through, and try to make a plan. Do you have another job to go to? Can you afford being without a job? Should you stay in your job due to other responsibilities you have (family, loan etc)? Sadly not all can afford to leave a job, even though they hate it. But even so, you may be able to do so later.
June 15th, 2018 5:06am
If this job is making you the money you need while you try and get a job you want, then stay. If not or you can find another job that is still paying enough then make the move.
June 16th, 2018 12:58am
I know it's cliche to say that money doesn't buy happiness but it's true. It might help to frame the question slightly different. "How long should I stay at a job that I hate?" Apply for as many other positions as you can. Speak with recruiters and HR staff at companies you know you'd like to work for. Another opportunity will come along. Short answer, no but you can tolerate it until something you don't hate opens up. Good luck on the job search.
June 20th, 2018 7:13pm
No. Life is to short for living that way. Do what you like and your life will change for the better.
June 21st, 2018 8:35am
First find out why you hate? what makes you hate??When you started hating your job?? please identify answers for this question then you will get answer for your question.our hidden confusion or feeling makes us to confuse like this.first be clear your problems then you will take action
June 21st, 2018 5:00pm
I feel you should look for another job if you dislike the one you are working at it will also possibly help you to feel better hope this helped
June 27th, 2018 2:47am
It depends. If it puts stress on you mentally or physically you should leave for your own sake but if it's just kind of annoying it's really up to you.
July 11th, 2018 10:46pm
You need think are you stable enough to up and leave, But personally i would suggest apply for other roles as soon as possible therefore you can jump jobs and be in happier environment.