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Hate Your Job? You're Not Alone 

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In short, the folks at The Energy Project (the consultants behind the column) say you hate your job because you don't feel engaged. And not just some of you, we're talking about 70 percent here. (It could be worse, worldwide, only 13 percent of workers report to Gallup that their jobs are engaging.) In other words, you feel dead inside. Not-at-all shocking aside: zombie workers don't do wonders for the bottom line.

Here are the four reasons they say you just aren't feeling it:

1. You need a break. Like, five of them. I know, some employers make it hard to take even the legally required breaks, but apparently you'd be happier, more focused, and more creative if you took a break every 90 minutes.

2. You're under appreciated. Employees who feel valued by their bosses, like maybe what they're doing with their life actually matters—to someone, anyone—are more satisfied. If your boss is a jerk, you probably won't work as hard and you're more likely to quit.

3. You're being pulled in too many directions. Forced multitaskers are not happy campers.

4. You don't see the point. If you felt a sense of purpose or meaning in your work, it'd be easier to justify the long hours/low pay/slow commute/tuna-salad-eating coworkers.

The good news? Employers who fix these problems find that their workers are more productive, which means they're making more money. It's a win-win! Assuming someone will give you the code to the printer so you can discretely leave a copy of the column on your boss's desk.

We wish you luck. Until then, some musical empathy.

About The Author

Erin Rook

Erin is the Source Weekly's Associate Editor. Before moving to Bend in 2013, Erin worked as a writer and editor for publications in Portland including PQ Monthly and Just Out. He has also written for the Willamette Week, El Hispanic News, Travel Portland, OUT City, Boston magazine and the Taunton Daily Gazette...
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