I feel your pain. It’s not an accident you are here reading this. Maybe your situation is “I love my work but hate my job” or “I love my job but hate my coworkers.” SIGH… seems to be a case of a dog chasing its tail.
There are plenty of sites out there that are going to counsel you on moving on and getting a better job (dream job). You will find plenty of advice on dealing with coworkers or a boss you despise. I’m here to say that chances are, no job change will immediately take place, so let’s step back and take it all into perspective. Just like the rest of your life, nothing is constant. Everything is in a state of flux. Maybe you are new and young, on the bottom of the totem pole and you don’t seem to have a voice. Maybe there is that difficult person, and one day they move on or retire (yes, believe it or not it actually happens!). Sometimes the mix of people changes, or a new person walks in, and then suddenly the magic takes off.
Circumstances can change and suddenly we like our job. Being proactive and seeking change within, such as ASKING or SUGGESTING can be pivotal in making our life a bit happier. If you are blessed with people in charge that are good at seeing the bigger picture, they are going to shuffle things around for the greater good (attitudes included). There is always the surprising result of just getting over hump, or arriving at “we understand each other” that makes coworkers able to tolerate each other.
The point is, jobs don’t all have to be unbearable on the journey to reach your dream job. I can tell you that even if you are looking for a different job, it is a sweet thing to be able to tolerate the job you are in during transition. Job happiness is a good part of what defines us, don’t let it become cancerous to your well-being
In the spirit of job happiness, I leave you with this quote:
Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind… If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy. -Dada Vaswani