Do you hate your job? You’re not alone. Job satisfaction has a major impact on our overall happiness and sense of well-being. Many surveys on worker satisfaction indicate that more half of us are unhappy with our jobs. The reasons range from autocratic bosses, toxic co-workers, unpleasant work environments, and excessive demands to alienating or tedious job responsibilities. The following quotes capture the benefit of self-affirming work and the toll of persisting in jobs we don't like.
Quotes About Hating Your Job
"There's a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over - and to let go. It means leaving what's over without denying its value." - Ellen Goodman
"Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job." - Jim Lovell
"Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called everybody, and they meet at the bar." - Drew Carey
"Working at a job you don't like is the same as going to prison every day, my father used to say. He was right. I felt imprisoned by an impressive title, travel, perks, and a good salary. On the inside, I was miserable and lonely, and I felt as if I was losing myself. I spent weekends working on reports no one read, and I gave presentations that I didn't care about. It made me feel like a sellout and, worse, a fraud. Now set free, like any inmate I had to figure out what to do with the rest of my life." - Kathleen Flinn
"Every job I take, within minutes I'm thinking, 'I can't do this.' I think it's what makes me work. People think I just swagger in and do it. But I doubt myself all the time. It's what pushes me, what makes me work harder. The older I get, the less I take for granted." - Ray Winstone
"If you find what you do each day seems to have no link to any higher purpose, you probably want to rethink what you're doing."Ronald Heifetz
"Quitting a job can be like an exorcism where you cast out a demon. The demon is the foreign spirit who occupies you through your occupation." - Bryant McGill
"Everyone rises to their level of incompetence." - Dr. Lawrence Peter
"If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn't have a job if he was any smarter." - John Gotti
"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on." - Steve Jobs
"I'd rather be a failure at something I love than successful at something I hate." - George Burns
"My mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the pope.' Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso." - Pablo Picasso
"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it." - Pearl Buck
"Work without love is slavery." - Mother Teresa
"To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth." - Pearl Buck
"Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures." - Joseph Campbell
"Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." - Bobby Unser
"Nothing is work unless you'd rather be doing something else." - George Halas
"Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy." -Kahlil Gibran
"If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are- if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time." - Joseph Campbell
Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a look for the brighter side of things, like when you’ve had a long day at work or you’re involved in a project that felt like it took forever to finish. Having a good sense of humor about life and work may be good for you. Maybe you have a sharp wit or maybe you’re looking for some work-related quotations that will brighten your day and even make you laugh. Take a look at these humorous quotes about work.
Funny Quotations About Work
I always give 100% at Work: 10% Monday, 23% Tuesday, 40% Wednesday, 22% Thursday, and 5% Friday. -Anonymous
Getting paid to sleep... that's my dream job. -Unknown
Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance? -Edgar Bergen
I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. -Jerome K. Jerome
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, Certainly, I can! Then get busy and find out how to do it. -Theodore Roosevelt
The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form. -Stanley J. Randall
If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock. -Claude McDonald
If A equals success, then the formula is A = X + Y + Z. Where X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut. -Albert Einstein
Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They're about to announce the lottery numbers. -Homer Simpson
If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn't have a job if he was any smarter. -John Gotti
There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it? -Kin Hubbard
There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting. -David Letterman
More Quotations About Work
Funny quotations are great, but there are many more quotations about work that may fit your current situation. Whether you love your job or hate it, here are more lists of quotations for you to explore:
Quotes About Hating Your Job About half of all workers are unhappy with their jobs, for a variety of reasons, including bad bosses, annoying co-workers, or just the unnerving feeling that there’s something better out there. These quotations about hating your job will fit the bill. For example:
If you find what you do each day seems to have no link to any higher purpose, you probably want to rethink what you're doing. -Ronald Heifetz
Quotations About Dream Jobs Perhaps you’re searching for the job you love or maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who has the job of your dreams. A little inspiration never hurts. Take a look at these quotations about dream jobs and find quotes like these:
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only goal you can't accomplish is the one that you don't go after! -Vilis Ozols
Perhaps a few motivational quotations will help you get back into the swing of things. Review these quotations including these inspirational gems:
Every new day is another chance to change your life. -Anonymous
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show us how badly we want something. -Randy Pausch
Quotations About Work Life Balance Clearly work is important. After all, you need to make money in order to live. But there’s more to life than working, jobs, and careers. Life is all about balance and these quotations will help you remember that. Like this:
Women, in particular, need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we're scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don't have a lot of time to take care of ourselves.
We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list. -Michelle Obama
Every job comes with rough patches. Maybe your awesome boss leaves, and you have to adjust to a new manager. Perhaps business starts booming, which is good news—but the side effect is that you’re required to put in extra hours and meet tougher deadlines. Or maybe you take on a new role, and have to learn a lot of new skills in a hurry in order to get up to speed. There are a lot of situations in which your job gets harder, but not necessarily worse.
And then there are the times when you just flat-out hate your job.
Being able to tell the difference is important. You don’t want to quit a job that’s still getting you where you want to go in your career, just because things are a bit more difficult right at this moment. There could be a way you could learn to love your jobeven if it doesn't feel like it right now. On the other hand, it’s a bad idea to stay in a job you hate any longer than you have to (read: until you can find a new, more promising job). Hanging on to a bad work situation can lead to burnout, and it may be time to move on.
Top 10 Signs You Hate Your Job
So how do you know when you really, truly hate your job? Look for these signs:
1. You have the Sunday Night Blues … every night of the week. Even when you’re working at your dream job, and love almost everything about what you do, Sunday nights are rough. It’s normal to feel a little twinge of regret as the weekend draws to a close and your Monday-morning to-do list looms.
But when those Sunday Night What-Ifs become an every-night occurrence, it’s a good bet that your job is the problem.
2. You have a lot of new physical ailments. Do you have aches and pains that weren’t there a few months ago? Are you having trouble sleeping? Has your appetite changed? These are all physical symptoms of depression.
That doesn’t mean that your job is to blame, of course, but if everything else in your life is the same and your job has changed, it’s worth asking whether work is the problem. (And in any case, it’s essential to get evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.)
3. You’re not excited about your job anymore. Every day at work doesn’t have to feel like a party, but if you’re never excited about your job, something’s wrong. You work for many reasons—to keep a roof over your head, to use your skills and talents, perhaps to help others or achieve things most people can’t. But without some sense of purpose and passion for work, you’ll burn out in a hurry.
4. You’re not as good at your job as you used to be. Maybe you’re making little mistakes that you ordinarily would never make, or maybe you’re less engaged with your work and therefore less effective. But if you feel like you’re not good at your job—and you used to be confident that you were!—you might consider whether it’s time for a change.
5. You spend a lot of time venting about work. A little griping about work never hurt anyone. (Provided that you’re doing your complaining to a trusted friend, not a coworker who might be your boss someday.) But if you’re spending a lot of your time venting about your job, consider whether the good still outweighs the bad.
6. You find it harder to concentrate. Obviously, it’s easier to give something your full attention when you’re engaged with it. Beyond that, hating your job takes a lot of energy. If you loathe your work right now, you probably don’t have a lot of energy left over for your actual duties.
7. Your vices have multiplied. Cookies are no longer a sometimes treat. Comfort food is on the menu three times a day. And cocktail hour has become cocktail evening and night. Meanwhile, you aren’t getting much exercise these days, and the last time you saw a vegetable, it was in a public service message plastered to the wall by your bus stop. (And it made you feel pretty resentful, truth to be told.)
8. You haven’t had a raise in a long, long time. Money isn’t everything, but it’s hard to pay the electric bill without it.
Beyond that, it’s hard to feel appreciated when your paycheck has stayed the same while your job requirements have increased. Plus, thanks to inflation, if you don’t get regular raises, you’re actually earning less than you were a few years ago.
9. You don’t have the time or energy for your outside interests. Maybe it’s because you’re depressed and don’t have the energy, or maybe it’s because you work so much that you don’t have time to engage in hobbies or spend time with friends and family. Whatever the reason, it’s not a good sign.
10. You feel like you’re always at work, even on your day off. The irony of being stuck in a job you hate is that it tends to consume your every waking moment—even if you don’t have a boss who calls you at home or emails you at 3 am. Good jobs allow for true work-life balance, which means being able to unplug from work to enjoy your life. If you find that you’re always ruminating about work—or actually working, when you’re meant to be enjoying time off—it might be time to move on.
Most people equate retirement planning with a 401(k) or saving money for the future. While a retirement without money doesn't sound like much of a retirement, focusing exclusively on the monetary aspects of the planning is problematic.
A happy retirement is about so much more than having enough money to pay your bills. So once you have a retirement plan in place to help secure your financial future, be sure that you also consider the non-financial aspects of a successful retirement.
And if you're like retirees who have taken the time to make the conversation about more than just money, you might define a successful retirement as a happy one. So let's take a lesson from the life stories of the happiest retirees. Some of the happiest and most content retirees have a few things beyond financial security in common.
1. They Go Back to Work
Work in retirement? But don't we work our entire adult lives for the privilege of not working in retirement?
We know, it sounds counter-intuitive, but bear with us. Studies have shown that people who voluntarily continue to work, even just part-time, past the age of 65 are happier than their full retired peers. The key word here is voluntary. The effect on level of happiness is the opposite when retirees are forced to work for financial reasons. While picking up a part-time job in retirement can benefit you financially, its advantages far outweigh the extra pocket money.
The physical activity, social interactions, and even sense of purpose gained from work all do wonders for retirees' physical and mental health, which as we know are important factors in overall happiness and contentment.
2. They Maintain Their Relationships
Relationships both romantic and platonic are an incredibly important part of an enjoyable retirement.
Married retirees who report their relationship with their spouse as good or great are reportedly happier than their single counterparts.
When people retire, many lose their built in social network of colleagues and acquaintances. In order to have a happy retirement, find ways to have social interactions. These interactions can be with your children and grandchildren, neighbors, members of a social club or church, or even the guy at the coffee place. Go into retirement with the intention to maintain your most important relationships. Not only will the effort make for a happier retirement, but recent studies have suggested that loneliness can result in higher risk of developing Alzheimer's and other dementia-related diseases.
3. They Find Hobbies and Stay Busy
Many people forget to ask themselves how they are going to spend their time in retirement. Good financial planners will ask their clients this question as a way to help gauge what kind of discretionary income to save for (greens fees and plane tickets come at a cost!), but people planning for their retirement need to think beyond the financial considerations.
For decades, you've spent the lion's share of your waking hours at work and maybe even raising children.
In retirement, that enormous time commitment will evaporate. How will you fill your days? Will it be at the golf course? Playing tennis? Doing volunteer work? Taking care of your grandchildren? Traveling? Learning to cook? Joining a book club?
Busy retirees tend to be happier retirees. One study showed that the happiest retirees engage in three to four regular activities and the retirees with the busiest schedules tended to be the happiest. So while retirement can certainly be a time to relax, it should also be a time do the things you enjoy.
4. They are Active and Healthy
The importance of your health when it comes to your happiness can't be overstated. In fact, in a recent study, having good health was outranked financial security as the most important ingredient for a happy retirement, but the two are actually more intertwined than you might think.
Health is both a financial and non-financial issue since significant medical expenses can put major stress on an otherwise solid financial plan. Not to mention, constant hospital and doctor visits aren't exactly the same as laying out at the beach or hitting the golf course. While you can't predict health concerns, the best step is preventative. Be sure to take care of yourself both now and in retirement. Eat well, exercise, and don't neglect your physical or mental health.
The Bottom Line
While financial security is a key ingredient for a successful retirement, be sure not to neglect the other non-financial considerations that make for a happy retirement.