As a freelancer, I spend the large majority of my work day wearing pajamas or yoga pants, and deciding for myself what hours I’ll work, when and where. Before this, I worked in the corporate world for 17 years, with normal office hours and wherein it was necessary to shower before noon.
I’ve never been great at the 8-5 grind, or the gray/beige cubicle construct and the “please think outside the box – ha, ha, we’re just kidding, please don’t do that” of the business world. However, for the most part I really did like my career. Now that I’ve stepped away from it, it’s easier to see the times when I thought I really hated my job, when really it was just that I didn’t like my boss.
I’ve had several leaders. Some absolutely incredible ones, and some that made it hard to get out of bed in the morning. I had one boss who quite literally walked around the building practicing his golf swing. Not with a real club, just hitting his imaginary ball with his imaginary driver. All.Day.Long. That in and of itself wasn’t what irritated me. It was probably more that somehow, every day, he managed to bring up how much money he made, how much he’d recently spent on something that was intended to impress you, or how many cars he owned (this, to a group of folks lucky to afford cable). So the golf swing was just icing on the cake. Probably the same feeling you get when you listen to someone chew their food and for some unknown reason want to scratch their eyes out.
I’d worked as a Human Resources professional for the whole of my career in Corporate America, and so I know a thing or two about the reasons people quit their jobs.
It’s predominately because of their boss.
So many folks are stewing in a job situation they despise, thinking that they need a new one, when really, the job is a great fit. It’s just a new boss they need.
But how do you know? How do you know that the work you’re doing is actually spot on for your skills, experience and passion, and maybe it’s just your boss making you question all of that?
Here are 7 ways to know if you hate your job, or just your boss:
- When your boss walks into your office, your smile looks as real as Bruce Jenner’s face.
- Your boss goes on a cruise. You Google the percentage of people who fall off of cruise ships and survive. Just because.
- You email your boss reading material on how to grow his/her portfolio so he/she can retire younger.
- The only time you don’t want to stab yourself in the face at work are the few weeks your boss is out on vacation each year.
- When your boss walks in each morning you feel all of your hopes and dreams throw themselves out the window and in to oncoming traffic.
- The sound of he/she talking makes you want to claw your own eardrums out with your bare hands.
- Anytime your boss walks toward your door, you can feel the oxygen leaving, along with your soul.
I sincerely hope you’re in a career you love, and have a terrific leader. But, if you have any awful or funny stories, current or former, about your job or your boss, I’d love to hear them!